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United Action For Children In The South West Region Of Cameroon Look For Volunteers To Work On A Number Of Projects

United Action for Children is a child and youth centered organisation operating in the South West Region of Cameroon.Its mission is to develop a caring and sustaining society for children and young people through
innovative programmes.

Within this mission, we run a vocational training centre in Computer, sewing, agriculture, woodwork, electricity and other trades.

We also run an elementary education programme for orphans and vulnerable children.Under this we operate and run two nursery/primary schools in Buea and Mamfe with enrolment of 640 and 320 children respectively

The Vocational Training Centre in woodwork,agriculture,painting,electricity,cookery,sewing and computer for rural based and street children.It has a current enrolment of 280 young people.We train for self employment.

We also have other ongoing projects such as the School on Wheels project into rural communities, Remedial Reading project and Sports(Community Sports for Development Project).

Volunteers - What To Expect

The work of international volunteers has been fundamental to United Action for Children’s (UAC’s) success. Previous volunteers have come from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States and we only hope that the list will continue to grow!

Volunteers provide a constant flow of new energy and innovative ideas, and help the organisation to move forward and achieve its mission. Volunteers participate in every aspect of UAC’s operations, so if there is anything on this website that interests you, be confident that there is a role you could potentially play in UAC Cameroon.

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding overseas volunteering experience, please read our sections on Volunteering.

Some of the highlights and benefits of working as a volunteer for UAC include:

Working with an open and flexible organisation that allows you to rise to your full potential;
Using your skills to assist others in a practical way;
Discovering a new culture and country;
Meeting amazing people and developing lasting friendships;
Gaining practical development experience;
Having access to important resources (internet, vehicles) that facilitate your projects;
Achieving personal growth;
Enjoying world-class scenery and beautiful nearby beaches.

About the Volunteer Experience at UAC

If you are looking for an overseas volunteer or internship position you are probably aware that many different options exist.
Before making any decisions you should think about what type of volunteer experience you are looking for and consider some of the following factors:

What types of projects would you like to work on? (Research? Education? Fundraising? Organisation? Advocacy?)
What level of supervision/guidance do you expect?
How long are you prepared to spend overseas?

To what extent are you looking to immerse yourself in the culture, for example, to eat local food, and to meet local people? Do you want to spend the majority of your time with other volunteers from abroad?
What level of commitment are you prepared to give the organisation that you are working for?

There is no right answer to any of these questions, but your responses should affect the type of position you apply for. UAC wants to make sure that every volunteer who comes to work with its organisation has a positive and enriching experience. To achieve this goal, UAC tries to ensure that volunteers’ expectations match the experience offered. Considering the factors mentioned above and past volunteer feedback, the UAC volunteer experience generally can be characterized as follows:

UAC is a grassroots NGO.

This means that, should you come as a volunteer, you will get a real development experience, but you will also need to be motivated and take initiative if you want to make a difference. It will be your responsibility to find areas where you want to work and get involved to the best of your abilities. UAC staff members are there to help you get the information and resources you need to help the organisation, but they are not responsible for scheduling your day or telling you what to do.

The length of your stay with UAC is up to you.

You should consider staying for a minimum of 3 months because it’s likely that any shorter time will be insufficient, both in terms of your personal experience and the work that you can do. A longer stay provides time for planning out where you can be of the most assistance, fundraising (if necessary), implementing your programs, and, perhaps most importantly, addressing any sustainability issues to make sure that the projects you have worked on can continue after you have left.

For many volunteers, UAC strikes the ideal balance between integration into Cameroonian society and camaraderie with other overseas volunteers.

Volunteers at UAC live in a number of volunteer residences, with meals served at the house of the Project Coordinator, Mr Orock. Volunteers typically develop friendships with Cameroonians working at the school, as well as with other people living in and around Buea. UAC’s volunteers tend to treat each other like family, and often go on trips to the rest of Cameroon together. More experienced volunteers act as a great resource for new volunteers trying to get their bearings in a new culture. In short, you can integrate as much or as little as you feel comfortable, and UAC will be there to support you.

Volunteering at UAC is not like a regular job.

Volunteers travel here because they are truly interested in working with UAC towards its goals. There are no fixed working hours for volunteers, nor imposed deadlines (other then those you impose on yourself). Volunteers often take weekends off, and have time for exploring Buea and the surrounding area, swimming at some of the beautiful nearby beaches, and exploring some of Cameroon’s other province

For More Information And To Apply Visit www.unitedactionforchildren.org

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