Schedule and Daily Life

Community Development in Cameroon  is a  SPRING  semester program that runs from approximately mid-March to late June.

2013 Program Schedule

March 11

Depart from the United States

March 12

Arrive at the airport in Douala, Cameroon

Travel as a group to Buea

Week 1

Academic and Health/Safety Orientation

Tour of Buea and the University (Buea tour included the Tole Tea Plantation, a cultural museum, and a hike in the foothills of Mount Buea)

Meet with Service Learning Organizations

Weeks 2 – 14

Service learning projects

University of Buea courses

Seminar course continues

Trip to Ashum, the village of our Lead Faculty member; and to Dschang, where we met with Breaking Ground, an NGO focused on grassroots community development

Day trip to Limbe, a coastal town west of Buea

Site visits to local community development organizations and projects, including Green Cameroon, a local water project, and a nearby health clinic

Week 14

Exams and course wrap-up

Week 15

Program wrap-up and re-entry preparations

June 25

Depart from the airport in Douala, Cameroon

 

Students pose with the elder brother of our Lead Faculty member during a visit to their village – Ashum

Students taking exams at the University of Buea

 

 

Sample Weekly Schedule

Monday

9:00 – Noon: Work with Service Learning Organization

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch at Jabeza Restaurant

2:30 – 4:30: Environmental Health Course

4:30 – 6:30: Purchase breakfast foods, check email at cyber cafe, etc.

6:30-7:30: Dinner at Jabeza Restaurant

Tuesday

8:00 – 9:30: Laundry

10:00 – Noon: Community Health Practice Course

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch at Staff Cantine, University of Buea

2:30 – 4:00: Community Development Seminar

4:30 – 6:30: French course at the language institute

6:30-7:30: Dinner at Jabeza Restaurant

Wednesday

9:00 – Noon: Work with Service Learning Organization

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch at Jabeza Restaurant

2:30 – 4:30: Environmental Health Course

5:00 – 7:00: Women, Social Work, and Social Policy Course

7:30-8:30: Dinner at Jabeza Restaurant

Thursday

10:00 – 1:00: Free time

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch at Staff Cantine, University of Buea

2:30 – 4:00: Community Development Seminar

4:30 – 6:30: French course at the language institute

7:00 – 8:00: Dinner at Jabeza Restaurant

Friday

9:00 – 11:00: Work with Service Learning Organization

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch at Jabeza Restaurant

5:00 – 7:00: Women, Social Work, and Social Policy Course

7:30-8:30: Dinner at Jabeza Restaurant

Saturday

Day trip to Limbe to hike the lava rocks of Bakingali and to swim at Seme Beach

Sunday

Relax, prepare for next week’s classes, meet with friends, etc.