Community Development in Cameroon
Gain hands-on experience in community development through service learning and local university courses.
In this Spring semester program (see schedule here), students explore the successes and challenges of community development while living and studying in an English-speaking region of Cameroon. They have the support of a lead faculty who teaches the Community Development Seminar, and engage with local community efforts through service learning as part of the Seminar. In addition, they take elective courses at the University of Buea with Cameroonian students and faculty.
“This service learning experience has been very beneficial in helping me figure out what I’d like to do post-graduation. The knowledge I have gained here will further benefit me well after I leave Cameroon.”
- Emily Cole, Muskingum University
Immersion, Community Engagement, and Support
Students are immersed in local culture and learn from community leaders through service learning with a non-profit or governmental organization. The academic curriculum includes elective courses offered by the faculty of the University of Buea (UB), which students take alongside Cameroonian peers. AEA students are highly supported by the UB Lead Faculty throughout the semester and the AEA Academic Coordinator leads an extensive on-site orientation. For full cultural immersion, students may also elect to live with a homestay family.
Students with a wide range of interests participate in this program. Within the core seminar in Community Development, students are encouraged to explore their individual interests through their service learning placement. In addition, each student selects three course electives in fields ranging from Environmental Studies to Women’s Studies to Global Studies to Cameroonian History to Sociology, allowing them to take courses in their major/minor area, and oftentimes meet requirements of their home institution.