Teach English Abroad
International volunteers play a direct role in changing lives on this amazing program. Love Volunteers local partner organization in Bamenda works closely with two community schools in the town in Cameroon's northwest region.Together these schools cater for more than 200 children in the Nursery School and over 460 in the Primary School, most of whom come from poorer families who would otherwise struggle to educate all of their children. The aim for these schools is to provide a holistic approach to education so that children are also learning life skills along with academics. All lessons are taught in English and volunteers are invaluable in working with these children. Through a solid education this program aims to support these children and help them to create a better life and to break the poverty cycle. Extra teaching support is vital in classrooms with very large rolls, and which lack even basic supplies. Any teaching support given by volunteers in the schools is gratefully accepted and appreciated by teachers and students alike.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide essential teaching to under-resourced schools in Bamenda
- Provide an educational foundation for vulnerable children to build on and break the poverty cycle
- Improve the future prospects of the children in Bamenda
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
How You Can Help
There are so many benefits for all involved from a teaching placement in Cameroon. Along with being an extremely eye-opening and rewarding experience for international volunteers, the experience they gain will give them great teaching and life experience to bring back home. It will also help the local teachers themselves, who gain greatly from the contact with native English speakers, and this exposure, along with the practice they gain can also enhance the teachers’ career prospects. The children themselves of course thrive under the teachings of native English speaking teachers, as all classes are taught in English. Having additional teaching support and attention vastly improves the children’s education levels. Volunteers in Cameroon can contribute to the delivery of a range of subjects, including English, sports, computer skills, and basic life skills for those students with disabilities. Whilst formal qualifications and TEFL experience are always beneficial, volunteers on this program do not need to possess formal teaching qualifications to participate. Once orientation is completed, and volunteers are familiar with their surroundings, they may be allowed to teach on their own. Otherwise, their role will be to simply assist local teachers with their daily duties.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Teach children in a variety of subjects and assist local teachers
- Play sports and other games with the children
- Work with students on projects and activities
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. 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
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.