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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.
Love Volunteers is a not-for-profit organisation and is one of the most affordable ways to help out in a developing country while being immersed in the local culture. Fees for volunteer programs in Cameroon include accommodation, three meals a day, an airport pick-up (if required), orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
Our local partner organization has two apartments available to our volunteers in Cameroon. Each volunteer has a room of their own, with a bed, table and chairs. As well as having electricity, the apartments have inside toilets and shower facilities. This accommodation lies within reasonable reach of all project sites. Three meals per day are provided, these are cooked for the volunteers and are eaten at the Project Coordinator’s home, which is very close to the volunteer apartments.
A variety of dishes are served, including typical dishes based on the cocoyam, maize, and cassava. Other staple ingredients found in Cameroonian cuisine are plantains, millet, potatoes and rice. Fufu is created by grinding up yams to create dough-like patties. In Cameroon, it is customary in the evening to eat a large, one-course meal. The staple item of the dish is accompanied by sauce or gravy containing ingredients such as spicy red pepper, Maggi (a piquant seasoning), palm oil and ground nuts. Dishes are often quite hot, spiced with salt, red pepper and Maggi. Traditionally, one eats without cutlery, scooping with the right hand. Meat is a fairly rare luxury. With meals, palm wine, water and millet beer are generally drunk. Among breakfast items are coffee, tea, fruit and baked goods, such as doughnuts and cakes.
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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