Hope Foundation

School Construction Helper

Bertoua, Cameroon show on map

This program involves the construction of a school and training center in Bertoua, Cameroon. We need volunteers to help complete phase two of the building works.

We are currently accepting applications from volunteers interested in construction and outdoor work to join us for a school construction program in the town of Bertoua, located in the eastern region of Cameroon.   

Why Rising Education?  

Rising Education will provide direct support to those in need living in Bertoua by offering high quality, low to no cost education. Primary school completion rate in Cameroon is 78% for boys and 68% for girls. The average teacher to student ratio is 1:46. Over 15% of students repeat a grade. These statistics reveal the current reality in Cameroonian primary schools. In addition, children, especially girls, face a higher risk of illness by going to school. Cholera, diarrhea, and parasites are easily spread in schools due to the lack of proper sanitation.   

Through the construction and administration of a multipurpose educational facility, Rising Education will improve this situation. Offerings will include preschool, primary school, and vocational skills education. In this way, youngsters and adults will gain access to needed education and training for future income possibilities. Additional facilities and training concerning proper hygiene and disease prevention will also improve the future health of every student and family attending the school.  

Rising Education is a collaborative project initiated by The Hope Foundation, and 15 German architecture students from TU Berlin, Germany.   

What have we achieved to date? 

The Rising Education project advances at pace, with the project close to reaching the half-way point. The facility is anticipated to partially open in September 2017, and fully open the following year in anticipation of the 2018/19 school year.  Current work in Bertoua is focused on the construction of the main classroom building, with the construction of the sanitation system to begin shortly thereafter. Also in the making is a solar powered water system.   

What working environment to expect? 

Together with the students from Berlin, the local community and local workers and students, you will carry out activities such as producing bricks, raising walls, cutting wood, digging, painting etc.  

Whom are we looking for? 

For this project, hardworking and extremely flexible volunteers are needed. Be ready to be a team worker with a vision of bringing change and making an impact with your time and labour.   

Benefits shall be good networks of exchange with students from around the world, the discovery of a new culture and style of living, the amazing summer weather, the good food around Bertoua and more.  

Apply NOW!

Typical day

Work will always depend on the construction phase activities in place and all volunteers are expected to commit and work as a team. Activities such as making of bricks, cutting wood, raising walls, roofing, fetching water, mixing concrete and more are central components of working on the construction site.

Work will be mainly outdoors starting from 8 am till 4 pm, Mondays to Fridays. The season will be warm with temperatures between 30-35° C. Weekends are reserved for sightseeing, traveling, and resting.

Free-time activities

Weekends can be spent exploring, sightseeing, relaxing, and hanging out with other volunteers or newly made friends!
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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 (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
French or English
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Hope Foundation.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Hope Foundation (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Hope Foundation

Hope Foundation is an organization with limited financial resources; therefore, we require that each volunteer covers the cost of living during their stay in Cameroon, which we can arrange for both safety and comfort. In addition to arranging accommodation, Hope Foundation picks up and drops off volunteers from the airport, and provides three healthy meals a day for volunteers. All volunteers receive a free T-Shirt.

In the past ten years of receiving volunteers, this has proven to be both the easiest and most affordable way for volunteers to join us in Cameroon!

Airport Pickup at Yaoundé

A Hope Foundation staff member will pick up volunteers directly from the airport. It is about a 6 hour journey from the airport to Bertoua.

Accommodation

The types of accommodation vary from one project to the next and from one location to another. A high amount of flexibility is expected from volunteers when it comes to this juncture as living conditions are not always the same as they are in their home countries. Volunteers coming in groups usually live together in shared accommodations while individuals stay with host families, a culturally immersive experience which allows volunteers to integrate into the local Cameroonian community through food, dance, music, dressing, and general lifestyle!

Detailed information about the project accommodation including map(s) / photos, helpful links, will be available and sent to applicants by email.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided with three healthy meals a day! Those living with a host family eat meals with their family, while those living in our volunteer house or dorm have access to a fully-stocked kitchen and a local cook comes to make lunch while groceries for breakfast and dinner are provided. Of course, special dietary considerations can be accommodated for!
Internet Access
Good 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 Yaoundé (BTA) in Yaoundé. 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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$436.00
5 weeks
$545.00
6 weeks
$654.00
7 weeks
$763.00
8 weeks
$872.00
9 weeks
$981.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,308.00
Average fees
$109.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Bertoua/Cameroon between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Hope Foundation 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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