For Germans, the program is open to all young people between ages 18 to 28 who have to apply through Bread for the World in Germany. The application package consists of a handwritten application, CV and a motivation letter. Bread for the World does the selection and sends the names of qualified candidates to the Director of CBC Health Services.An invitation letter is sent to volunteers to obtain a visa. Bread for the World takes care of flight, accommodation, food, and pocket allowance for all her volunteers.
For other international persons who wish to volunteer with the CBC Health Services, they are expected to send a hand written application, motivation letter, and a CV to the Director of CBC Health Services and a copy to the volunteer’s mentor. The Director examines the application and if accepted, an invitation letter will then be forwarded to the volunteer to obtain a visa. The volunteer takes care of all expenses including lodging.
Bread for the World volunteers also do voluntary service with other Bread for the World partner organizations in Cameroon. These volunteers including the ones in the CBC Health Services usually travel together and pickup is done by the Country Mentor who is based in Douala in collaboration with other mentors of partner organizations. During this time all volunteers will have an orientation seminar. The CBC mentor joins the volunteers towards the end of the seminar to bring them to the base town which is Bamenda.
Seminars in the course of the year are:
- Introductory Seminar which is usually at the beginning of work in the CBC. It is aimed at introducing volunteers to the work of the CBC Health Services and to the life and market realities of Bamenda.
Training Seminar with Youth Network for Health (YONEFOH).
- Mid Term Seminar with Country Mentor.
- Accompanying seminar with young Cameroonians.
- Departure seminar.
Youth Network for Health (YONEFOH): This is a programme that deals with youth and sexuality. The volunteers together with staff in this program work with youths in schools and give educative talks on sex and sexuality. They also do voluntary counseling and testing of HIV. The program also carries out workshops and seminars in schools and youth groups as well as conducts group counseling on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
General Medical Laboratory: All laboratory tests except HIV tests are done here. Here, volunteers are not allowed to work on patients but learn how to carry out specimens and properly process them for examination. They also learn how to register incoming hospital cards and results of patients.
Care and Treatment Laboratory: This laboratory is found in the Care and Treatment Center of People Living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers here learn how to do laboratory tests for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Extended Forum of Care: This programme is involved with contact-tracing the partners of HIV positive clients who have not known their HIV status and encouraging them to do their HIV test. This programme also deals with a lot of data entry and keeping of records. Volunteers assist in data entry and go to the field with staff for contact tracing/partner notification.
Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD): Volunteers work mostly with disabilities groups. Here they are involved in community outreach visits, sensitization, advocacy, rehabilitation and education in special schools (schools for the deaf and blind), Social Inclusion- understanding group dynamics, research on disabilities issues, etc.
Antenatal Clinic: The volunteers work with pregnant women throughout the pregnancy period, carry out infant welfare clinics, educate couples on family planning, etc.
Baptist Comprehensive College, Nkwen: Here, the volunteers teach German, sport, computer science and any other subject of interest.
Ward experience with doctors and nurses: Volunteers observe and learn basics in nursing, assist nurses to carry out some tasks like taking of vital signs, making up beds, etc.
Outpatient Department: Volunteers assist in taking vital signs, weight, etc, and direct patients where to consult.
Technical Services Department: Wood Work, Building Construction, Mechanic, Plumbing, etc.
Physiotherapy department, etc.