Above project is scheduled at Mamfe (also spelled MamfÃ©) is a city and capital of the Manyu department of the Southwest Province in Cameroon. It is known as a centre for traditional religion and traditional medicine. It used to be known for its bad infrastructure, especially the roads, which however were recently tarred and presently are in a good condition, within the city limits. The roads leading in and out, however, remain untarred and are difficult to commute during the rainy season. Points of interest are the old German bridge, the Mamfe Cross, the Mamfe River by boat, and the Mamfe Cathedral. A lot has changed in the past one decade though the education system still lacks the desired attention. The village does not have enough schools and the one exist lacks good infrastructure. Like you these children too deserve access to good infrastructure and quality education, itâ€™s a shame for such poor children to be deprived of basic needs.
GWC in cooperation with local staff has initiated this project at above Academy through which its volunteers will help the children by teaching and training them in different subjects like English, Science, Math, and many other related educational subjects. Volunteers will also help with drawing, singing, dancing, sports etc. It is a tendency that kids see youngsters like you as their role models. So they connect very easily with you and this will help you mould them into good citizens and human beings. While you are into the hard work we suggest you to move around the village and get familiar with the culture. Get some moments of rejuvenation when you visit nearby tourist spots. This will help you relax and such activities are best enjoyed when done with co participants of similar age group. 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 (Educational Support) 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, spagheti, 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.