Nature of the project: HIV/AIDS Awareness through Football Event
Starting & Ending Date: August 05 – September 05
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: $250 or 185 Euros
Total Space Available: 15
Above project is scheduled at Bali Nyonga is located in the Northwest Province of Cameroon and is steeped in a rich history and possesses a strong cultural heritage which contributes to its uniqueness within Cameroon. It is known for its beautiful climate too. The poor people of Bali Nyonga are crippled with diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS in particular. Do not be taken aback by the fact that 1 child dies every 30 second due to malaria. The Government is not able to do enough to arrest the situation owing to lack of funds and expertise.
This is why GWC stepped in and worked on above project in collaboration with local partners to bring in some positive changes. The volunteers are expected to assist local staff project in spreading awareness about Malaria and HIV/AIDS as prevention is better than cure. This is mainly done through Annual Football Sport event where over 120 football players participates with a crowd of over 50,000 people cheering on. You will actively participate in spreading awareness through pamphlets, brochures, by explaining the use and benefits of use of condoms and precautions to be observed in un protected sexual relations, use of malaria nets etc. You being the fire have the power of change and can transform the whole community something even governments fails to achieve. On the fun part you will get to witness the euphoria associated with the local sport. The passion that this sport generates is awesome and is going to stay in your memories for years to come. While you enjoy the culture and great sport event remember the good work of yours will go a long way even much after you would have left Cameroon. Your efforts are certainly a high point in bettering the lives of these villagers who otherwise would have remained neglected. Let’s join hands and make their lives better by spreading awareness, a step towards a healthier life.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Douala International Airport, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation. At GWC office, you will be introduced to our staff. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at Cameroon’s GWC Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (HIV/AIDS Awareness through Football Event) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Cameroon along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Cameroon will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in a in a house designed according to the African traditions which you would fall in love with. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day including local delicacies like rice, bread, sauce, spaghetti, macaroni, beans and vegetable with occasional supplement of chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Cameroonian culture and lifestyle closely.