Cameroon

Stories from Cameroon

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Cameroon.

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A Puerto Rican woman stands teaching at a blackboard, smiling.

Peace Corps service offers the chance to work and live abroad to all Americans, but not all Americans come to their service with similar backgrounds.

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A Peace Corps Volunteer health worker stands with the woman she thought of as "momma," in her Cameroonian community.

The village is long with a paved road down the middle—not very wide on either side. From north to south, the major landmarks are the health center, the mosque, my house, the primary school, the market, and the high school. My house has three main rooms—an indoor area for a bucket shower, an indoor latrine, and a detached room for everything else. I have all I need—even a water pump right next to my house.

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I initially had reservations about serving as a Black Volunteer, especially after reading stories from Returned and current Black Volunteers. The stories were not necessarily negative, but they forewarned that Black Volunteers would be presented with distinct challenges, unlike their white counterparts.

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Students standing in their garden after finishing their work

I was transferred to a new post towards the end of my first school year, and the transition was daunting.

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Students in California with books they wrote for children in Cameroon

Through our project, “Once Upon a Time in Cameroon” (“Il était une fois au Cameroun“), my students are adapting classic fairy tales using the regional flora and fauna of Cameroon. It is also a technical challenge: print a book that can not only stand up to the rainy season but can also be read in low light conditions.

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The people in my village survive mainly on subsistence farming. With the low income they make, they have to choose between eating, sending their children to school, or getting proper medical care. One way to help better their situation is to improve and increase their farm production.

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Back in March, four of my and former post mate’s community counterparts facilitated a Gender Based Violence seminar at our local mayor’s Office.

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In my town, energy is sporadic. A great part of the community, including students in our school, get water from the electric pump. So when electricity goes off, so does water.

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6 counterparts we're thankful for

When a Peace Corps Volunteer arrives in their host community, they’re paired with a counterpart.

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