Staying in a Rest House will cost approximately $100/ month. The Rest House has 2 heated bedrooms, with a shared bathroom (toilet and shower). It also has one general parlor with a seating area and a kitchen. There is a gas cooker provided by CAEPA Cameroon, but volunteers will need to purchase gas.
Most of our food is organic, though non-organic is found in stores. You can expect to spend between $75 to $100/ month which includes cooking for yourself, as well as eating out a few times a week. Volunteers can also buy their food and cook together for those who need a cook or with somebody assigned by the organization. The drinking water in Bamenda is very good and safe to drink. However, some volunteers prefer to filter or boil it before drinking. Bottled distilled water can be purchased at a cost of $1 for 1.5 liters.
Pick up at the Airport
CAEPA Cameroon program coordinator will pick you up from Douala Airport and take you to the project site. Traveling by bus from Douala to the Bamenda will take about 7 hours. CAEPA Cameroon has limited funds thus will appreciate if volunteers pay for their pick up before they arrive in Cameroon. The total fee is 88 Euros, which includes the costs of transport by bus, taxi hire from the airport and food and water needed during the journey. If your plane arrives late, or if you don’t want to travel overnight, it is possible for someone to take you to a hotel in Douala. This will cost about 25 Euros for you and for any other person accompanying you. More information about the journey can be found in our Volunteer Manual that you will be sent on signing up for coming to Cameroon.
In the project area there is access to the Internet and phones are also available. We encourage volunteers to bring an unlocked cellular phone from their country and buy a SIM card in Cameroon. There are many cyber cafes and international calling centers where you can Skype or call home for under $.06 per minute.
It is possible to withdraw money using an international VISA card in Bamenda through the various available banks including EcoBank, BICEC, SGBC, Bank Atlantic, and Oceanic Bank. Please don’t bring traveler’s cheques, as these are difficult to change here. Euros, dollars and pounds can be easily exchanged. If you are staying for a long time, it may also be possible for you to open an account at one of the banks in Bamenda town.
CAEPA Cameroon works with the divisional officers and mayors who are the representatives of the government; volunteers will be introduced to the divisional officer and the gendarmeries (police officers) in the project area so as to ensure their safety for the duration of their stay.
Should volunteers need to see a doctor during their stay, there are good medical centers near the project area. You may also wish to bring basic medical supplies (first aid kit etc.) with you.
Suggested items to bring
Sturdy walking shoes – Sandals – Comfortable and loose clothing – Warm clothing for cool nights – Umbrella and raincoat – Mosquito repellent – Extra bed sheets and net.