Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to volunteer for a number of reasons. Firstly, I wanted to live in a new world and experience something completely new whilst obtaining a different perspective on life. Secondly, I wanted to get to know a different culture and wanted to do something ‘good’ and have an impact upon that culture. Finally, I wanted to visit Africa – always been a dream of mine!
Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes, I worked and helped women groups in setting up a health clinic and other business ventures. I also programmed a Community Bank’s hand-written operating system into Excel. What did you do for fun? Horse riding, hanging out with the other volunteers, visiting local farms and reading books
When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story? Meeting one of the women’s groups. Such a fantastic afternoon because they were EXTREMELY open, grateful and welcoming.
Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
Another volunteer because we got along well and shared a room together, and Dr Amenu who treated me when I was ill and also enabled us volunteers to go horse riding
What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
Upper Galary Bar at Squares- it has a nice atmosphere
Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
Yes, I really enjoyed the experience and it would be great getting to know another country in a similar way
Would you recommend Cameroon to a friend who was interested in volunteering, why?
Yes- Great people, great learning experience, good NGO, and a great opportunity to make an impact!
Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Bring a torch and in the rainy season clothes that can get dirty & muddy because it will get muddy
Do you feel Original Volunteers should be sending more volunteers to Cameroon?
No, the NGO is quite small and too many volunteers wouldn’t work. Instead, volunteers’ skills and interests should be matched with the local needs.