This is Kester, one of our orphans returning from the farm. Farming/Agriculture Assistants will work with local farm leaders to produce food for our orphanage partners.
The title for this position is Farming Assistant.
Cameroon, Africa. Exactly where in Cameroon? It depends on which partners we match you with. We will determine that after you complete the training and we get to know you better. What we do is that we match volunteers with our partners on the ground when training is completed. During training, we get to know the volunteer and match their gifts, skills and experience with the needs of different partners.
Work Hours: Full-time. Five days per week. Many Saturdays will be included, but usually no more than 40hrs per week.
Length of Volunteer Opportunity: Two months and up. Short-term volunteer opportunity is 2 months to 1 year. Long-term is 1 year and up. Volunteers may increase their length of say while there.
Each volunteer must receive at least 8 weeks of training from Austin Bible College (ABC). ABC has designed a great training program, called Missionary Mandate, that equips volunteers to serve in Africa. Training is offered in Austin, Texas or in Cameroon (tuition applies).
The Purpose of this Volunteer Position.
To place volunteers with orphanages and community partners in Cameroon to help grow food that will feed orphans and low-income communities.
Duties and Responsibilities.
Get in touch with nature while working together with local farmers of Cameroon and supporting the farming programs of several orphanages and poor communities.
Many orphanages have been growing food for their children, but can benefit from more hands to grow more food. When they sell the excess produce locally, it helps in generating income to support the operation of the orphanages. This will provide a backbone for the children who learn how to cultivate the land; enhancing their skills thus making them self-sufficient and empower them with the necessary skills they will need as adults. The responsibilities include regularly planting, watering, weeding and harvesting.
Volunteers will be able to spend time with the children as they engage in farm work. This role will be apt for those volunteers with valuable experience in gardening or farming, for those with a willingness to get involved, and for those with a green thumb.
- Be a good team player.
- Be good at taking instructions and completing assignments.
- Be able to respect team members and biblically submit to the authority of the team leader. Team members have to listen to their coaches and respect each other!
- Be very flexible. Be very good at handling change. While caring for orphans, plans can change without notice. Candidates need to feel comfortable handling change.
- Must have at least a high school diploma.
- Must be a growing Christian.
Stay/Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers in Change Volunteers’ Farming program will be staying at one of three places depending on the site of your placement.
1) On site, in rooms at one of the orphanages that will benefit from the farms.
2) In host-families. These are hospitable local families that are pre-selected to host our volunteers. Note that all families selected for the home-stay accommodation are rigorously selected and pre-approved.
3) Some volunteers will be staying at a shared self-contained volunteer house.
Regardless of where you stay, you will need to expect to share facilities, such as bathrooms, with other volunteers or with the host family.
Three meals per day are covered by the living expenses.
Work Time/Free Time
The normal working days will be four week days plus Saturday with free Sundays. We are sure you will cherish your time spent in Cameroon, since there is much to discover. Volunteers may request to be off on some Saturdays.
You will find internet as a better option than the telephone as it is cheaper. The internet can be accessed through Internet cafes that are available only in the cities and you can expect to pay around US$1-2 for an hour of Internet use. The Internet is slow but it is the best way to stay in touch with family and friends back home. Alternatively, we recommend that you bring along mobile phones that can use international simcards or you could also purchase a local mobile phone which is reasonably priced. Volunteer accommodations do not have telephones, but phone booths are usually located in the cities.