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Workcamp in Cameroon


Code of the project: GWC – CM1003
Social

Nature of the project: Education
Starting & Ending Date: July 01 – July 31
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: $250 or 185 Euros
Total Space Available: 15
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Project Highlights:

Above project is scheduled at Limbe, formerly known as Victoria is a seaside city in the South West region of Cameroon. Limbe is located on a beautiful bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range. Cameroon is world famous for its tea and agriculture production, and Limbe is the center of its oil industry. Black sand beaches make Limbe popular among Western tourists. Limbe is by far the best region in the country in terms of night life, and is considered the best tourist city in the country to visit.

At this project, GWC volunteers will be working together with other international volunteers and local youth for the development of local social institutions like orphanage houses, disability centers, helping the street children’s, women empowerment etc. GWC volunteers are expected to extend their helping hand to the local community in cleaning the disabled children’s rooms, educating them, training the needy women towards self employment etc. The volunteers are encouraged to visit tourist spots to unwind after the hard they put in dedicatedly. The Limbe Wildlife Centre and Limbe Botanical Gardens are notable attractions. The Limbe Wildlife Centre rehabilitates orphaned – endangered primates rescued from illegal captivity. These are mostly gorillas, monkeys and drills. The setting is somewhat natural with an absence of cages and you can see everything close-up from silverback gorillas to chimpanzees. You can spend as much time as you want in a small open restaurant watching huge silverbacks. The Botanical Gardens is worth paying a visit as there are some old German graves worth a stop for history buffs. While you enjoy a day out remember the good work of yours will go a long way even much after you would have left Cameroon. Little gestures of help and care offered by you will bring positive changes in the lives of these underprivileged people.

IMPORTANT:
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.

Project Itinerary:

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 (Social Development) 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.

    Note:

  • Above is just a suggested, sample itinerary and might be changed by the country coordinator if and when required. However, you will receive the final work camp itinerary upon your arrival in the host country. The program coordinator will also provide you day-to-day work schedule before the work camp starts.
  • If any participant needs to reschedule their journey due to any unavoidable circumstances please do keep GWC informed. We will try to do the best suited arrangements.

Food and Accommodation:

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.

Travel Requirements:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months is necessary for traveling to Cameroon.
  • Without a valid visa document you are likely to be deported back to your respective country.
  • GWC recommends its volunteers to apply for a Tourist Visa in advance.
  • Contact embassy and consulate of Cameroon in your home country for more detailed and updated information.
  • It is strongly recommended that you check the website of the embassy of Cameroon to ensure you have the most current and updated information.
  • Do submit all the supporting documents, where necessary like sufficient proof of fund, To and fro air tickets, and medical insurance etc
  • Application must be supported with two passport size photographs and applicable visa fees.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required.

MOST IMPORTANT

GWC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY KIND OF CHANGES MADE IN THE VISA, VISA TYPE OR IN THE FEE BY THE CAMEROONIAN EMBASSY/GOVT. OUR PURPOSE IS ONLY TO KEEP YOU INFORMED WITH THE NFORMATION AND MAKE THE JOURNEY EASY FOR YOU BY PROVIDING YOU THE VERY BASIC INFORMATIONS ABOUT THE VISA

Volunteers traveling to host country are suggested to arrive one day before the start of program. The weekly work camp fee will cover expenses beginning of the first day of the program (Refer to date in the table) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program and/or stay beyond the last day of the program, expenses will be the responsibility of the volunteer (usually $30-$50 per day for room/food at the hotel).

If volunteers are delayed or miss their flight, it is highly recommended that you call our offices or your coordinator and make alternative arrangements with them. In the event that a volunteer gets lost, our general suggestion is that they go to the specific contact hotel (provided within the pre-departure package) using a pre-paid taxi service. There is an office offering pre-paid taxi services at the airport. Please do not use outside taxies. Once participants make contact with GWC’s representative or in-country coordinator, they will then be transferred to GWC’s respective offices/hostel.