below some practical information about life in the villages and towns where we
host volunteers, such as Nyasoso, Kumba, Mbonge, Manyemen, Nguti, etc. If you
have any questions that are not answered on this page, please do not hesitate
to contact us.
many opportunities for walking and trekking in the beautiful local areas
surrounding the villages and towns. The dry season runs from October/November
to March/April, during which daytime temperatures range from 28ºC to 35ºC and
nighttime temperatures from 24ºC to 30ºC. The rainy season lasts for the rest
of the year, with heavy rains in July and August, and temperatures ranging from
25ºC to 30ºC. However, in the mountainous areas of Kupe Manenguba, Nyasoso, and
beyond, cooler temperatures are experienced during the same period.
Pick up at
offers pick-up services from Douala Airport to any of the selected work sites.
From experience, travelling by public transport from Douala to Kumba is
time-consuming, uncomfortable, and not very safe, taking between 3 to 5 hours.
Due to limited resources, AJESH requests payment for the pick-up in advance,
which costs 100 Euros inclusive of hiring
a car, food and drinking water during the trip. If you arrive late, you may
need to spend a night in Douala, adding an extra cost of at least 61 Euros for
hotel accommodation for both you and the person picking you up.
communication facilities, you can buy a local SIM card and insert it into your
unlocked phone. You can purchase top-up credit from call shops/boxes. Texting
home is relatively affordable, but calling can sometimes be expensive.
Alternatively, you can buy a cheap phone. Internet is available in a couple of
internet cafes, but it can be slow and frustrating at times.
possible to withdraw money in Kumba using an international Visa card. However,
MasterCards are not accepted. It is advisable not to bring traveller’s cheques
as they cannot be changed here. It is recommended to bring Euros, dollars, or
pounds in bigger notes as they can be easily exchanged. If you are planning to
stay for a long time, you may be able to open an account with a standard
commercial bank in any of the neighbouring towns.
volunteers will be taken to the Divisional Officer and the Gendarmerie and
Police, who will ensure your safety for the duration of your stay. AJESH also
has a Legal adviser who handles incidences requiring such intervention. Medical
Provision Should volunteers need to see a doctor during their stay, there are
available medical facilities for such services. Please bring ALL prescription,
medications required for the duration of your stay. You can also bring basic medical supplies
(first aid kit,, etc.).
things to bring: – Sturdy walking shoes – Sandals – Comfortable and loose
clothing – Warm clothing for cool nights – Umbrella, raincoat and rainboots –
Mosquito Repellent-Extra bed sheets, mosquitoes net – Camera and torch.
Visa: Contact the Cameroonian embassy in your home country to obtain a visa to
travel to Cameroon. For the US and UK, please check here: US Citizens: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui
Countries without an Embassy in Cameroon We would like to advise all those who
are coming into Cameroon that it will not be suitable to leave your home
country without a visa with the hope that you will have it in any Cameroon
airports. You will most likely be denied entry. If you do not have a
Cameroonian Embassy in your country, you will need your contacts at AJESH in
Cameroon to prepare an application for the Director General of National
Security in Yaounde, which will take about a month. They may decide to give you
a visa or not. You will need to send in your scanned passport.
Volunteers/interns are responsible for the associated costs. The other
alternative is that volunteers from countries without a Cameroon embassy could
cross over their borders to a nearby country that has a Cameroon embassy to
apply for a visa.
We do not
insure volunteers as we do not have liability insurance. Our association with
trained medical personnel working in the large Government and Mission
Hospitals, where some Americans work as missionaries, will aid us in cases of
emergency. We encourage volunteers to obtain their insurance before they book a
flight. Here are some websites to get more information: WHO  and CDC . If
you have any disability or illness, please contact us so that we can advise you
on what to do before you book your flights.
Opportunities with AJESH As AJESH thrives on exchanging knowledge, we would be
delighted to train you in any local skill you so desire. There is also the
possibility for you to develop projects from our broad objectives and to be the
founder of that particular project within AJESH, constituting your think tank.
I appreciate your understanding. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. _Harrison
Nnoko Ngaaje, CEO
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