Cameroon is a country that does not lack assets. Since its independence in 1960, Cameroon is commonly known as ‘Africa in miniature’ when referring to its famously vast natural and cultural diversity. It has a tropical climate along the southwest coast, boasts of mountains in the west and semi-arid plains in the north. Cameroon owns a true linguistic diversity. In fact, while French is the official language of administration, education and media, 250 ethnic groups proudly speak different languages. Their traditions are still alive and thriving, and demonstrate the cultural wealth that exists in Cameroon.
The population in Cameroon is very young: one in two people are less than 18 years old. Despite its thriving economy, Cameroon faces many challenges such as the unfair distribution of income, unfavorable entrepreneurship climate, unfair civil service etc… LifeTime Projects endeavors to improve the living conditions of the Cameroonian people in close partnership with the local association Femme d’Atta.
Our Partner Association
As a small isolated town, Atta doesn’t offer much in the ways of professional opportunities to the local community. The women often have to leave the village to find employment in the capital city of Yaoundé. With Femmes d’Atta, LifeTime Projects established a lasting international partnership of solidarity. The aim is to contribute to the change in mentalities and behaviors of local inhabitants to help construct a fairer world with sustainable growth and development for the women of Atta.
Environment and biodiversity
To go on a humanitarian mission in Cameroon will enable you to discover a rich environment. Stretching from the north to the south, Cameroon enjoys vast geographical and ecological diversity. Located between West Africa and Central Africa, a part of the country faces the Atlantic Ocean, and 400km of Cameroon’s border runs alongside the Gulf of Guinea. Dense forest covers over 40% of the country, providing a beautiful habitat to an impressive array of wild animals. Cameroon is home to many species of felines, birds, and reptiles that live in the natural reserves.
Daily life, discovery of the country
While on a humanitarian mission in Cameroon, you will be able to enjoy some free time to visit the country. You will have two days off per week that will allow you to travel. Religion, culture, tradition and gastronomy… Cameroon has a lot to offer!
Total immersion in local culture
To go on a humanitarian mission in Cameroon is way more than taking part in an international development project. It involves immersing yourself in a country with a different culture than your own. This is the motto of our association: Live a humanitarian mission in total immersion. As a volunteer, you will be warmly welcomed by a host family who will help you to discover their daily lives.
Welcome to Yaoundé
Yaoundé has been the capital city of Cameroon since 1960. It is located in the centre of the country situated on high hills, giving it the nickname ‘City of 7 hills‘. It is situated in the area around the equatorial forest, a region which offers a humid climate allowing for luxuriant vegetation. The boundaries of different areas of the city are distinguished by the hills.
Yaoundé is a city that possesses a developed service sector, while the fertile parts of the city are used as farms. Between modernity and tradition, Yaoundé is a perfect example of the diversity found in Cameroon.
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