Socio Economic Resource Group

Organic Farm Supporter

Bamenda, Cameroon show on map
Join this program in Cameroon to empower economically disadvantaged youthful communities by growing viable opportunities that generates sustainable earnings. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Background

Organic Garden Supporter is an effort to effectively bring about sustainable responses to organic farming and agribusiness challenges among disadvantaged youth and small holder farmers in rural communities of the North west Region of Cameroon. Most of our rural communities are considered undeserved because agriculture is their major economic resource and a couple of factors are limiting growth in farming and agribusinesses such as, subsistence focus, inadequate access to knowledge and technology, poor inconsistent quality and limited unscientific application of input, inadequate access to financial services, and other social and non economic aspects. 

The project

Socio Economic Resource Group's  team counter measures the above factors by prioritizing investments in disadvantaged young people and smallholder farmers to enable them acquire the knowledge on how to manage farms and crops and start new ventures.This volunteer project is aimed at helping those affected by unemployment, limited education in regards to commercial farming, agribusiness practices and other extreme disadvantages that are faced by the rural communities of the North West Region of Cameroon.

Role of the volunteer

As a volunteer in the organic farming project, you will support the establishment and management of organic crop nurseries, which is formed to distribute organic crops seedlings for free to small holder farmers and maintenance of demonstration gardens. The work in the nursery includes: hoeing, planting, weeding, irrigating and other related works. Volunteers will also work on the farm and vegetable gardens of small holder farmers, where they can learn about organic farming and its importance.

  • Skills required are:
  • A healthy body
  • Management skills
  • Business savvy skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Organizational skills.
  • Mechanical mind
  • Organic integrity

However, those whom are interested in outdoor activities, nature and agriculture can also participate in the project.

Program Location:

The project will be hosted in the rural community of Nforya. It is located in the outskirts of Bamenda, about 40 minutes drive from the Bamenda main market. It has a beautiful landscape and natural attractions where some wild animals ( rabbits, bush cats and birds) can be seen.

Expectations:

This program will help mostly the youth and small holder farmers to break out of the cycle that entraps unskilled and resource poor rural community inhabitants. Unfortunate victims will mature into well trained, gainfully employed and self sufficient farmers. Most of these empowered rural poor are the pillars of their family, communities and the nation at large. When the youthful generation is educated, the growth and economic status of the entire nation is propelled forward and transformed. Empowered farmers will feed the entire nation and beyond.

Typical day

Volunteers will participate in the following activities:

7AM - 9:30 AM ; Establishment and management of  Organic crops nursery 

9:30AM - 11 AM; Management of the organic gardens for education and demonstration 

4PM-5PM; Composting activities for organic gardening and enlightenment

Details on Arrival

On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session in Bamenda. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. 

All available dates for this project: 

Volunteers can join this program for the duration of their choice between July 14th 2017 and Juli 31th 2018. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers will  tilize their free time by taking advantage of what the region offers in relation to cultural and natural attractions. The area is rich with historical, natural and cultural sites.

During week ends, volunteers can take a trip to lake oku, Mt Oku and the kilum forest.

They can also visit the Savanna Botanic Garden. The garden is home to more than 260 species of plants.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and French (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be interested in agricultural, environmental and socio cultural activities.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 07:30 - 14:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Socio Economic Resource Group (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Socio Economic Resource Group

Accommodation and food & drink are included in the fees.

 Airport pick up is possible with an extra charge of 60$

Accommodation

Shared apartment with single bedroom per person of 3x4m with an internal kitchen and bathrooms

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Pepper soup, Fufu and Eru, Ndole, Okro Soup and Mbongo Chobi

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$512.00
3 weeks
$758.00
4 weeks
$1,260.00
5 weeks
$1,506.00
48 weeks (max. stay)
$11,808.00
Average fees
$251.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Bamenda/Cameroon between 2 weeks and 48 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Socio Economic Resource Group will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
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 will be agreed with Socio Economic Resource Group during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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Reservation
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