Nature of the project: Maintain Garden and School on Wheels
Starting & Ending Date: November 16 – November 30
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: $250 or 185 Euros
Total Space Available: 20
Above project is scheduled at Buea (French: BuÃ©a) which is the capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. Buea was the colonial capital of the German Kamerun from 1901 to 1919, and the capital of the Southern Cameroons from 1949 until 1961. The German colonial administration in Buea was temporarily suspended during the eruption of Mount Cameroon from 28 April – June 1909. A lot has changed since though the education system still lacks the desired attention.
At this project GWC volunteers will be working with other international volunteers and local young youth by educating and teaching the little poor kids of the Buea region. Volunteers will teach subjects like English, science, physics and other educational subjects through creative and practical ways, this will allow and help the local students to easily learn and understand these subjects. Volunteers besides teaching, will also take part in the renovation of the school by painting, cleaning the walls, drawing beautiful diagrams and charts on the school wall, this activity will make the local children’s more excited and happier. Being the youth is the force of power, itâ€™s easy for you to mingle with these poor children and get them inclined towards education. The local innocent children’s are not blessed with competent and skilled teachers, your presence and deep interaction will give them bright future. We appeal you to join us in order to bring smiles on the faces of these kids and enjoy the beautiful places of Cameroon at the same time.
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 (Teaching and Renovation of school) 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.