Cameroon

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About

A group of people pose for a photo
First group of Volunteers in Cameroon
a white man sits on a fallen tree trunk, listening to a black man who holds a cocoa pod
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer John (left), 1982-1984
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Peace Corps staff presents the agency's mission and activities to a visitor at a fair.

The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. The Peace Corps has been present in Cameroon without interruption since 1962. During these 61 years of service, nearly 3,900 Volunteers have served across all 10 regions of the country.

Volunteers are posted in rural areas, working alongside communities in locally prioritized projects in three main areas: agriculture, community health, and education. Through collaboration, humility, and service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills that foster change and sustainable development.

In March 2020, Peace Corps evacuated all Volunteers worldwide, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, although its overseas offices have remained open, maintaining relationships with communities and institutional partners. In January 2023, as we celebrated 60 years of service, Peace Corps Cameroon swore-in its first cohort of Volunteers since the 2020 evacuation. In June 2023 and January 2024, Post received two additional cohorts of Volunteers, making it a total of 33 volunteers currently in service.

In addition to the two-year volunteer assignment model, Peace Corps Cameroon runs a Response Volunteer program, and a virtual service pilot program.

Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are expected to possess the technical skills needed to fulfill their assigned role with minimal training.

The Virtual Service Pilot connects qualified U.S. citizens with host country counterparts to meet partner requests in new ways – from supplementing on-the-ground Volunteer efforts to reaching regions where Volunteers cannot go. Participants collaborate virtually with counterparts to complete project tasks, donating 5-15 hours per week for 3-6 months.

Check out our 2021-2022 Annual Report for more information about staff work during the absence of Volunteers.

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Do you wish to collaborate with us or request a Volunteer? Send us a Request.