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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Cameroon

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Cameroon


We found a surprising number of organisations looking for volunteers in Cameroon. Besides the two currently given below we have 15 more organisations to check out and decide if they meet our free or cheap requirements.


Grassroots Volunteering in Cameroon

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

In Defence of Animals

Enjoy the experience of witnessing chimpanzees living life as they were meant to live it. Volunteers pitch in wherever they are needed, helping with the day to day operations of the sanctuary. Tasks include working with Cameroonian staff, helping with chimpanzee care and feeding, washing fruit, cleaning cages, assisting with facilities and fence maintenance, overseeing use of project equipment, painting, buying food and supplies in town and other manual tasks. Contact with the chimpanzees occurs during daily feedings but hands on contact with the baby chimps is limited. Experience living in a developing country, preferably Africa, for several months or longer OR previous experience working with chimpanzees or great apes is required. Volunteers should be over 21 and need to speak French. Six month commitment required.

Where: The Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center.
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodations and vegetarian meals are provided while at the Rescue Center. There is a one time applicant processing fee of $300.

Volunteering in Cameroon


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A not for profit organisation working to promote social justice and sustainable development in Cameroon. The organisation derives most of its funding from donors and its workforce from volunteers. With work durations ranging from three to 24 months, volunteers and interns are placed in key positions within the organisation that will give them the opportunity to exercise their skills. Positions include social media expert, web programmer, grant writer, fund raiser, micro credit expert and teachers. Volunteers must have a degree and be willing to stay for a minimum of three months.

Where: LUKMEF is based in Limbe City.
Accommodation & Costs: There is no fee to participate but all volunteers and interns must be able to completely finance their accommodation and food while in Cameroon.

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The vision of The Belo Rural Development Association is to eradicate poverty and raise the living standards of the rural population of Cameroon’s North West region, with a primary focus ion providing farmers with the skills and resources to generate income through bee farming and honey production. Community development projects in education and health are other facets of their activities. Both skilled volunteers and those willing to learn are welcome. They always need help with office work and administration or can arrange for you to teach in local schools or help in local hospitals or clinics.

Where: Belo.
Accommodation & Costs: There is a €150 to €300 admin fee depending on whether volunteers stay for less or longer than four months. Volunteers should be self financing with local accommodation options ranging from around £40 to £100 per month. There's also a shorter term, accordingly priced voluntourism option with accommodation included.


Help Exchange Networks in Cameroon

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Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Cameroon

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Image courtesy Will Keightley