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Helps International (HINT)

Health Outreach Coordinator

Buea, Cameroon

Volunteers are needed to design, manage, and implement health training and/or outreach programs in our local community.

About us

Helps International (HINT) has run health outreach programs in the past, thanks to the work of volunteers experienced in the medical profession. HINT does not offer permanent health or medical programs, but instead relies on the support of volunteers to host short-term training programs. Historically, most of HINT's programs have focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, as it remains a critical problem in Cameroon. It is estimated that 5.4% of the population of Cameroon is HIV positive. That represents approximately 510,000 people, 43,000 of whom are children. Roughly 240,000 children are orphaned in Cameroon due to AIDS.

However, HINT will also host medical professionals interested in running seminars or clinics on other issues, such as malaria, nutrition, etc.

Volunteering with HINT
HINT expects volunteers to contribute their knowledge and experience to either train the local community or to set up temporary clinics to treat illness. In return, HINT will provide knowledge of the local community to help the volunteer manage his/her project in Cameroon by facilitating access to materials, human capital, clinic/seminar locations, local partners, and transport throughout the community. HINT will support the volunteer in fundraising if it is necessary to raise funds/equipment to support the clinics.

These programs may last as long as the volunteer wishes.  In the past, most programs have run for about one - two weeks.  If you are interested in working with HINT to develop a clinic or seminar, please contact us with your initial thoughts.  We will be happy to work with you to develop your program.

Furthermore HINT works together with The Kingdom Community Fund (KCF).

Please note
Developing these programs is an excellent opportunity for young medical professionals interested in boosting their resume and experience or in having a direct impact on global health.  HINT will gladly work with a student's university to validate the program for internship or academic credit.

Typical day

Long-term volunteers are typically expected to work from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday – Friday, with a two hour break for lunch and rest each day. These suggested work hours are flexible.

Job Descriptions:

  1. Office Work

    1. Ensure that all files have completed information

    2. Notify members with incomplete files to provide missing documents. Follow-up to be sure information is provided.

    3. Update financial records with information received from Treasurer and Financial Secretary.

    4. Do basic Secretariat Work.

  2. Online Work

    1. Record all out-going (expenses) and incoming funds on our online system

    2. Record loan repayments from members online

    3. Send weekly reports to all partners through online system.

    4. Upload photos and videos to our online platforms

    5. Send correpondence.

    6. Do any other online work assigned by the KCF Administration

  3. Field Work

    1. Visit KCF members and take pictures and videos of their businesses

    2. Record interviews and keep records in both written and video formats

    3. Market the work of KCF

    4. Recruit new members

    5. Do all secretariat work related to our business seminars

  4. Others

    1. Do any other work assigned by President/KCF Management

Free-time activities

Buea is the capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. Buea and its surrounding environs comprise over 100,000 people, although most towns have a quaint feel. Buea is a picturesque and laid-back region whose main recreational activities include hiking, swimming, and other sports. Buea is located on Mount Cameroon, an active volcano that can be hiked at any time of the year. Buea is a university town, home to many schools of higher education, including the University of Buea, considered the best public university in the country.

For additional activities, Doula, the main economic hub of Cameroon, is approx. one hour by car. Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, is approx. five hours by car (less by train).

Swimming
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
Health/Medical at University level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers for this position are expected to have experience in the medical profession, as practitioners, academics, etc. Current health students may (and are encouraged to) apply.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Helps International (HINT) are happy to help you.

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Services by Helps International (HINT)

Accommodations in a family home, three meals per day, volunteer pickupand drop off at the airport, and any other incidentals (medicine, toilet paper, bedding, etc.) are included in the fee.

Airport Pickup at Douala Airport

You will be picked up from Douala airport (DLA) by someone from HINT and transported to Buea (1 hour from Douala). When leaving, you will also be transported to the airport.

Accommodation

The volunteer has his/her own room in the family house with his/her own bathroom (unless the bathroom were shared with another
volunteer). The bedrooms provided include at least a bed, bedding and wardrobes. Some rooms include a desk, tv, etc. The bedrooms are quite spacious.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We will provide all meals on a daily basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). In our culture, lunch is the heavy meal while most people may just eat a snack or some fruits for dinner. Tea and coffee is available at all times.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Douala Airport (DLA) in Douala. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cameroon.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cameroon provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Cameroon you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cameroon.
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
$672.00
13 weeks
$728.00
14 weeks
$784.00
15 weeks
$840.00
19 weeks
$1,064.00
27 weeks
$1,512.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$2,800.00
Average fees
$56.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Buea/Cameroon between 12 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Helps International (HINT) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cameroon.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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