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Medical programs in Cameroon welcome volunteers with a wide range of levels of experience, including qualified medical personnel, medical students, and pre-med students. Attendance on a medical internship in Cameroon is itself a helpful preparation for a medical career, for this reason, provided they are enthusiastic and truly eager to help in the health sector, even individuals without medical experience can be accepted. Medical volunteers in Cameroon serve on placements in clinics and hospitals where an effort is made to tailor the placement to the volunteer’s level of experience and interests.
In developing countries such as Cameroon, a far lower standard of medical service and resourcing is noticeable. Patients whose condition is at an advanced stage are far more commonly found, this can represent a considerable challenge and learning experience for the volunteer on a medical project.
Tasks include observing and directly assisting doctors and nurses. This is achieved by accompanying doctors on rounds and helping in various ways.
Branches of medicine requiring volunteers: Nursing, Midwifery, Dentistry, Traditional Medicine, and Physiotherapy.
A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this: 7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house 7:30am Walk or bus to your project site 8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor 9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand. 3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END 3:15pm Debrief with project supervisor 3:30pm Walk or bus back to the accommodation Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the local markets and shops, or relax with the other volunteers!
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