HINT's primary work revolves around IT training and supplying tech to schools. We are looking for volunteers to provide tech support and/or teach.
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.
Most primary schools in Buea and its surroundings 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.
We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in working with our computer programs. Volunteers can support HINT 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. We are also happy to work with volunteers to develop programs specific to their personal needs, backgrounds, and education.
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
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).
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.
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.
All meals are provided. Further agreements with dietary restrictions can be made.