Elderly Care Program for Interns and Volunteers
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Seeds of Change Cameroon
Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Ghana Street Nkwen
Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer with elderly people to provide companionship and operational support within elderly care center overseas?
We offer an affordable Elderly Care volunteer projects well suited to caring and patient volunteers who are comfortable assisting with a range of duties within elderly care centers. In many of our project locations, the responsibility of caring for the elderly is often left to social services if families cannot provide adequate support to their elders, and the support of international volunteers within these centers is greatly appreciated. Volunteer work varies by location but can include recreation and stimulation, feeding, physical therapy, as well as help with cleaning and maintaining facilities.
In addition to the operational support, the friendship, cross-cultural sharing, and mental stimulation that international volunteers provide is invaluable in supporting their overall health and wellbeing of the elders.
You can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks and you don't need any specific qualifications or experience to participate on an Elderly Care project. If you're a qualified or training healthcare practitioner, these projects welcome those seeking healthcare or physiotherapy volunteer opportunities.
Learn more about our opportunities for volunteering with the elderly available in the destinations below.
OUR ACCOMMODATION , MEALS AND AMENITIES
Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses and you chose to share or not to share a room. we recommend volunteers to bring their own towel and toiletries. The accommodation is safe and secure with the houses located in a safe area in town near the community where volunteers work. Living is comfortable and the volunteer houses have electricity and running water with Western toilets.
our volunteers receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style. Breakfast consists of self-serve tea, coffee, toast and cereal. At breakfast time, volunteers are also provided with food for making a sandwich as a packed lunch for their project, this is particularly important for Teaching volunteers to note, as your day usually ends after lunch. Dinner consists of dishes containing meat, vegetables and a starch, such as potatoes, bread or pasta. Bottled water is readily available in Cameroon and you should budget approximately US$2 per week for this (5 liters per day), however tap water is fine to drink in the volunteer houses and most other areas. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know as we program and make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should expect to eat more as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer.
Orientation is taken by our team at our offices in Cameroon. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Cameroon– Introduction to our Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Africa, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to our placement staff you will be working with.
Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would be as follows:
7.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.
9.00 AM you will leave home and travel to your placements. Work and hours dependent on you.
1.00 PM - 2.00 PM Lunch break. You will take a packed lunch to your placements, prepared in the morning.
12.00 PM - 2.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. You are free to travel back to the volunteer house, go sight seeing, or do some shopping.
7.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.
On the weekends, you have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Mamfe and Bamenda or other areas in Cameroon. Long weekends can be taken if you wish to on safari, or travel to places further afield, such as the Mt Cameroon Although there are no cooks or staff during the weekend, food supplies are stored in the kitchen to be use by volunteers
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers