Childcare & Development

Bamenda, Cameroon

About The Project

This program plays an important role in providing quality care for orphaned and vulnerable children.  Working with children aged 0 - 12 years old, volunteers on this wonderful program can really improve the lives of these children who have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, or have been taken into care direct from the streets, or who have been abandoned in hospital after birth. They include children with disabilities who were abandoned by their parents. The orphanage Love Volunteers works with in Bamenda houses children aged 4yrs – 18 yrs. The orphanage receives no funding from the government so relies on community help, child sponsorship and the help of volunteers. The children all attend school and the orphanage is working to teach them all how to cook, clean, garden and raise pigs and chickens to ensure they are self-sufficient as they get older and move on to having their own families. Volunteers play an essential role in the orphanage  by giving children one on one attention which they just thrive on, and teaching them about the world.   

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential childcare to vulnerable children in Cameroon
  • Improve the future prospects of the children in Cameroon
  • Give orphaned and impoverished children quality care, compassion and a sense of hope
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.

How You Can Help

Volunteers play an essential role in helping disadvantaged children through this program.  While volunteers will find the experience so rewarding, they will be making a significant impact on the children in their care.  Just showing them attention and compassion can change these children’s lives. Participants will spend their time taking care of children and assist the local staff as needed.  Volunteers  will be busy teaching the school-age children, providing counselling, lending a hand with feeding, cooking, and cleaning, devising and leading fun activities with the orphaned children and, in general, showing a caring attitude by devoting time to individuals. This also includes motivating the children to carry out their own chores and to do their homework. Volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of these vulnerable children, and are truly needed and appreciated at these projects. 

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Help to feed and care for the children
  • Teach school age children
  • Attend to and interact with the children
  • Create activities and entertain the children with games and songs, etc

Requirements

18yo+

Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to assist in the ongoing support and development of marginalized and at-risk children of Cameroon. This highly interactive and varied project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist. However, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!

Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:

  • Emergency contact
  • Police check

Project Location

Cameroon, Bamenda

Bamenda (also known as Abakwa or Mankon Town) is a city in and capital of the North-West Region of Cameroon. The city has a population of only 500,000 people, and is located 366km north-west of the official Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé.

Bamenda is known for its cool climate and scenic hilly location. The mountainous countryside around Bamenda is dotted with waterfalls and tea plantations and is ideal for hiking. Many of the city's inhabitants are English-speaking, and Cameroonian Pidgin English is the main language spoken in the shops and on the streets of Bamenda.  Public transport options around Cameroon are motorbike, taxi or bus.

Tourism in general is limited in Cameroon, making Bamenda a wonderful place to experience ‘The Real Africa’, and those who venture there will find a nation of remarkable diversity, from its varying landscapes of tropical rainforests and beaches, mountains and desert, to its assortment of people and cultures. National parks and reserves lay claim to some of the richest flora and fauna in Africa! Awesome!

Start Dates & Duration

Minimum 2 weeks

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.

Arrival & Orientation

Airport Pickup Included

Upon arrival into Cameroon (Douala International Airport) volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to their assigned accommodation where they will join a short welcome session. On Monday, volunteers attend the full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in Cameroon. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Douala International Airport, Douala, Cameroon (Code: DLA)

Accommodation & Meals

Volunteer House / Meals Included

Volunteers are accommodated throughout their stay in Bamenda in a safe and comfortable shared volunteer house. The house is basic but the rooms are spacious and have their own bathroom. Volunteers will generally share a room, but it will depend on the number of people taking part. The rooms are split by gender.   Mosquito nets and linen are provided. The bathrooms have western toilets and a mixture of running water and bucket showers. The house also has TV, Wi-Fi (can be unreliable) and a kitchen that volunteers can use if they wish.

Please keep in mind that living conditions in Cameroon are not luxurious. They do have electricity, but load shedding is common so you should expect the power to be off for a period each day. The accommodations have running water but hot water is only available if boiled. Heating and air-conditioning is also uncommon so it is very important to be well prepared for your trip. Although the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings.

Three meals a day will be provided during your stay. Your hosts will provide you with a selection of local foods during your volunteer period, but you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. It is very common for Cameroonians to eat things like rice, stew, beans, corn and bread. The different cuisine may take some adjusting but is part of life in Cameroon.

Fees

From USD 200
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Program Fees (USD) N/A 200 325 400 470 500 530 550 585 625 660 700
Weeks Program Fees (USD)
1 N/A
2 200
3 325
4 400
5 470
6 500
7 530
8 550
9 585
10 625
11 660
12 700
plus Registration Fee USD 299 for New LV Members USD 149 for LV Alumni

What is Included

  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)

What is not Included

  • Flights, Visas & Vaccinations 
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory) 
  • Additional food & snacks
  • Spending money 
  • Local transport
  • In-country trips & excursions
  • Return airport transfer