YAPP uses a participatory approach of learning by games bundled into peace education workshops. It targets Cameroonian schools & traditional councils.
The purpose of the Youth Action for Peace Promotion (YAPP) is to create public awareness surrounding rape, child-based violence, torture, bullying, violence against women, kidnap, ethnic/inter-tribal conflicts, marginalization and other forms of violence that are prevailing in the Cameroonian society. We hope that by creating public awareness through participatory and holistic approaches that allow children and youth to learn through games can completely transform our society into a more peaceful one. We think that in the rural areas, many forms of conflicts exist and there are traditional ways to resolve conflicts. Nonetheless, traditional councilors involved in conflict resolutions require multi-faceted skills and knowledge for better community-based conflict management. With the many reports of extremist group (Boko Haram) attacks on Cameroonians, the task of reaching out to the population about a culture of non-violence is really very challenging. We cannot do it by depending on the staff capacity of EPDA Cameroon. It is for this reason that we need committed volunteers who also have the necessary skills, knowledge and interest in peace education and conflict management to address multiple conflict issues amongst youth and adults in both semi-urban and rural settings. Volunteers shall work with our staff team in creating a valued impact of peace and inter-cultural exchanges. 2013, a student was stabbed to death in Cameroon. Volunteers with EPDA Cameroon usually add their voices and input to the work of peace education. In time of violence, conflicts and/or war, children cease attending school due to fear of the unknown. Wars and violent conflicts cause a lot of destruction to our environment, the people, animals and the general atmosphere. Volunteers on the YAPP shall participate in building fundraising proposals, facilitate peace education workshops, write reports, take pictures and videos of peace activities and write blogs, publish peace work, improve capacity of traditional councils in conflict resolution, conduct team building, and follow-up strengthen our Break for Peace Crew.
Volunteers have a wide variety of things to do as after work. However, we will provide sometime (one - three weeks) for volunteers to visit the beautiful places around Cameroon. such as the beautiful palaces of the prominent Chiefs (Nso, Bafut, Bali etc) in the West and North West Regions with rich cultures and traditions, visit the rainforest (Korup National Park), Zoos and Gardens (Limbe Botanic Garden, Limbe Wildlife Center, Savannah Botanic Gardens, Mvog Betsi Zoo), Mount Cameroon, Menchum Falls Prescraft shops with artifacts, beautiful grassland galleries, etc. However, these visits are better planned in office for security reasons.
Volunteer will be picked up from and dropped off at the Douala International Airport
We provide varying accommodation types and locations. Accommodation options are in most cases secured with iron gates and concrete fence. The volunteer will share living room with others, shared toilet, shared kitchen/veranda/balcony but with separate bed rooms. Accommodation is equipped with furniture. Accommodation fees includes electricity (not exceeding $30. Additional electricity consumption is covered by the volunteer(s) living in the apartment), water, cooking gas and changing of bedding.