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Helps International (HINT)

Information Technology Teacher

Buea, Cameroon

Our primary work includes giving IT training and supplying tech to schools. We are looking for volunteers that like to teach these subjetcs.

About us

HINT has been involved with IT projects since its inception in 2002. Our first Community IT Training Center was set up in 2005 and since then we have provided training and access to IT services to community members and especially underprivileged youths. Over 1200 youths have been trained through our two IT Centers over the last four years.

Situation in Buea

Most primary schools in Buea do not have computers installed, and only 5% of secondary schools have computers. Yet the government has introduced Computer Science as a subject to be taught in secondary schools! Lack of access and training in information technology contributes to underdevelopment, not only in the educational sector but in the whole of the Cameroonian economy.

Conscious of this need, Helps International (HINT), in partnership with Computers for Africa (C4A) UK, has undertaken to install computer labs in primary and secondary schools all over Cameroon. This will help bridge the digital divide and expose students and teachers to the large amount of information available on the Internet. Primary school container of 250 computers.

Your work
We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in working in our computer programs.  Volunteers can support us in a technical position (working in the office, installing computers in schools, providing maintenance at schools) or by teaching computer skills to those in need.

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.This daily work includes the following tasks:


  • Teach computer education to students at one of our partner schools or train IT instructors for these schools 
  • Recruit qualifying schools to benefit from our school pcs project 
  • Set up computer labs at selected schools 
  • Coordinate shipment, distribution, and installation of computers and other equipment in schools and community centers 
  • Teach basic computer skills (MS Window, Internet, Emailing, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint) at one of our partner schools in Buea or at our community IT centres. Teach advanced computer skills (design, networking, computer repairs and Maintenance, desktop publishing, photo editing) to about 10 students in class for 3 hours a day
  • Serve at our community IT training centre as office secretary, cyber attendant, IT instructor or IT technician

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Basic computers skills are required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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

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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)
10 weeks (min. stay)
$560.00
11 weeks
$616.00
12 weeks
$672.00
13 weeks
$728.00
17 weeks
$952.00
25 weeks
$1,400.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$2,800.00
Average fees
$56.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Buea/Cameroon between 10 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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