School Construction Volunteer

This project involves the construction of a school and training center in Bertoua, Cameroon. We need volunteers to come join us in finishing some construction work!!

The Rising Education project is a school construction project run by the Hope Foundation to set up a primary school and training center in the town of Bertoua, East Cameroon. We are recruiting hardworking volunteers for this project, where they will travel to Cameroon to work on the construction site with other volunteers and professionals.

This project is in collaboration with the Technical University Berlin which had 15 Architect students design the school in 2013 and finally traveled in January 2014 to Cameroon to start with construction work. Working as volunteers in collaboration with the local community, huge amounts of progress have been achieved within the period of 3 months!

The second phase is starting soon and will run through August 2017. We are calling on more volunteers to apply and join this interesting program. We are welcoming both skilled and unskilled labor although the former is always a priority. Volunteers can apply to come to Cameroon for one or more months depending on their availability. 

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 shall always be surfacing on the construction site. We welcome extremely motivated volunteers, open to other cultures, ready to make a change, curious to learn something new to this important project.

If you feel that you fit to this project and can make a change and help us constructing the school, contact us immediately.

We welcome both individual volunteers or groups. Letters of attestation and certificates are offered to those in need at the end of the trip.

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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 shall always be surfacing on the construction site.

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

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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)
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at Hope Foundation are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Weekends can be spent exploring, sightseeing, relaxing, and hanging out with other volunteers or newly made friends!



What's included?

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!

What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

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.


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 at this juncture where living conditions are not always the same as from 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!
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

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 tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Hope Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Cameroon

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Cameroon. Please check the visa regulations for Cameroon.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Cameroon and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Cameroon.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cameroon.

What's next?

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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Cameroon you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cameroon.
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East Region, Bertoua, Cameroon

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