What is Volunteering for PAID-WA
The Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA) recognizes volunteerism to be an important instrument in promoting capacity building for development. Volunteers who chose PAID-WA have not only been part of transforming communities, students, and other individuals, they are transformed into competent professionals, trainers, and development practitioners.
PAID-WA uses volunteerism to minimize the challenge of limited opportunities available to free – will dedicated national and international persons. These are individuals seeking to join the professional sphere, build a connection with local communities, and demonstrate their passion to learn and share knowledge and to change lives.
The approach for volunteering in PAID – WA is very suitable for international students seeking internship abroad.In this way, PAID-WA also provides internship placement for the student to hone their skills and gain international perspectives on many issues.
PAID-WA volunteering Hub
The perspectives of former volunteers invite the rationale to establish a volunteer hub. The current volunteers are drawn from diverse disciplines and provide a strong backbone to PAID-WA. In the domain of teaching, PAID-WA cannot do without them.
The Hub of PAID-WA volunteers contribute in extending PAID - WA services to a greater number of stakeholders through research, consultancy and support services.
Voices of some Volunteers
“As a volunteer, I have been involved rather than used.” My involvement in lectures, research supervision has equipped me with additional skills that I have equally used to support and complement existing skills of salaried workers (Asongwe Godswill Azinwie, Ph.D. Research Fellow)
I have the opportunity to connect academic knowledge and field practice. In PAID-WA, I have been given dedicated responsibility to supervise and manage agricultural field work for PAID-WA and students (Che Samuel, MSc.)
Why volunteer with PAID-WA
The advantages of volunteering at PAID-WA are numerous (see organizational profile).Download
- PAID-WA is an international Non-governmental Organization and an academic institution with a diplomatic status.
- Field Orientation,
- Political and Religious Neutrality
- There is no restriction race or color.
Areas of Work
The institution’s mode of operation motivates individuals to acquire new expertise, share knowledge and work in different settings.
- It addresses diverse development issues in its training programs at all levels (see programs) and consultancies. Volunteers with any qualification have an opportunity to teach, conduct research and prepare publications.
- It has extensive field experience: The institution has carried out community studies in more than 40 rural and semi-urban communities, developed micro projects and assessed their development impact. This experience gives it a unique approach facilitating assess to community institutions for development purposes.
- It offers volunteers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with grass root communities: Volunteers have the chance to get closer to issues of gender and, sustainable livelihoods. PAID-WA provide volunteers adequate linkages to work with orphans and vulnerable children and Youth in remote communities of the North West and South West region of Cameroon.
- It provides opportunities for volunteers to actively participate in rural and urban engineering, and others interested in the conservation of nature.
Other Unique features of PAID-WA
PAID-WA is special in a variety of ways, ranging from its facilities, its unique methodology of imparting knowledge and skills, the services it renders and its quality of training.
Academic/Professional Staff and Experiences
PAID-WA’s staff come from a variety of cultural, national and disciplinary backgrounds, supplemented by a reliable network of external consultants from Universities and the private sector. Many of the staff are distinguished and internationally recognized lecturers and researchers. The interaction between the staff with external consultants produces very encouraging results. It makes PAID-WA recognized as a clearinghouse for highly skilled, experienced and dedicated individuals, available at all times to respond to development needs and related issues.
The Institute has a hostel of 36 rooms that can accommodate 72 persons. Optional single or double rooms are also available. For security and comfort volunteers are offered boarding and lodging on campus. They simply need to indicate clearly their interest when applying for volunteering
1. Health Service and insurance coverage
The general hospital and private clinics are close to the campus. Volunteers have easy access to medical services when the need arises. PAID-WA also facilitates insurance coverage for all volunteers or international students.
2. Catering And Housekeeping Services
The Institute runs a canteen from Monday to Friday weekly, as well as a campus shop for necessities. The housekeeping unit takes care of the laundry, cleanliness of the lodging facilities at a modest rate.
Sports and Recreation
The Institute has a multi-purpose sports court and some indoor games facilities including table-tennis. It is also close to the Buea Municipal Stadium and Mountain Club which has Lawn tennis, table-tennis and badminton courts.
PAID-WA Campus, Buea
PAID-WA is situated in Buea, the capital of the South West Region of Cameroon. It has a pleasant and secure location that provides an ideal learning and working environment. PAID-WA occupies a surface area of about 9.6 hectares in the Government Reserve office area of Buea.It is located on the slopes of Mount Cameroon, at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level providing the town with a pleasant, temperate climate. It is also close to the coastal town of Limbe and also to other major towns like Kumba, Tiko, and Douala.
It is one of the most used campuses in Cameroon, not only for academic and research purposes but also for national and international workshops, seminars and conferences. PAID-WA Buea is fast extending its professional training programs to other Regions of the country and the world at large. Since 2010, three Learning Support Centers have been established in the North West, Littoral and Centre Regions of Cameroon to meet potential target population who show interest towards our programs yet do not want to be displaced.
The campus also has lecture halls, an audiovisual unit, a cyber café and a library with an e-library service.
If you are interested in:
- Conducting Applied Research
- Online lecturing
- Communication and Publications
- Community-based work
- Community project design
- Tree domestication and nursery development
- Organic vegetable cultivation
- Sustainable animal production systems (goats, poultry, snail-raring)
- Mushroom cultivation
- Environmental education for schools
- Waste management with local councils
- Community health programs
- Sustainable Horticulture
- Working with orphans and vulnerable children
- Working with youths
- Working with schools
Then PAID-WA is a place for you.
Researchers having a personal or institutional project to carry out in Cameroon are also welcome.
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