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  • Locations: Buea, Cameroon
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: Carleton College 
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French Housing: Apartments, Homestay
Program Features: Carleton Faculty-Led, Field Studies, Independent Study Project, Internship Areas of Study: African/African American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Ecology, Educational Studies, Environmental Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Independent Study, Political Science, Public Health, Social Sciences, Sociology, Sociology and Anthropology, Women 's and Gender Studies
Faculty Director(s): Nicholas Hockin Program Subject: African/African American Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Sociology & Anthropology
Program Description:

About the Program

GEP Dev 1The Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon program allows students to engage in meaningful local development projects in an enriching cross-cultural learning environment. Students develop a foundation for global citizenship while learning about traditional and contemporary Cameroonian lifestyles and customs. Participants live and work with local families, study French, and explore indigenous, Christian, Islamic, colonial, and global influences on current social conditions.

Rigorous study, experiential group workshops, extended homestays, an independent research project, diverse guest lecturers, focused field trips, and
apprenticeship/internships with local NGOs are integrated into an exciting multi-faceted educational experience that supports each participant’s personal and intellectual growth.

Location: Buea and Foumban, Cameroon

This program is offered in collaboration with the University of Buea (UB), the largest English-speaking university in bilingual Cameroon, and the Institute of Fine Arts in Foumban. The program also includes site visits to Limbe, Kumba, Bamenda, and the surrounding grasslands.


During the apprenticeship/internship, students study and work with an established NGO in
a field that may include environmental science, education, social justice, land conservation, democracy, civil society, agriculture, child advocacy, sustainable alternative energy, women’s empowerment, public health, plant biology, wildlife conservation, biodiversity, heritage/tourism, organic farming, or micro-finance. Through observation of, interaction with, and participation in the life of local NGO staff/mentors, the apprenticeship/internship offers students practical hands-on experience.

Accommodations and Meals

DevCam4Orientation Stage: During the initial 2-week orientation phase, students share accommodations in the program's group residence, prepare their own breakfasts, and eat nutritious Cameroonian and American-inspired dishes prepared by our cook, by themselves in our kitchen, or at local eateries.

Homestay Stage: During the 11-week homestay period, students stay in private bedrooms with a local family. Meals are generally rice or fufu (a doughy starch made from corn, coco yam, or manioc) and sauce with vegetables and meat or fish.

Travel Periods: When traveling outside of Buea and Foumban to locations such as Limbe, Bimbia, or Douala, the group stays in small hotels, prepares it own simple breakfasts, and eats lunch and dinner at local restaurants or the hotel.


The Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon program consists of four courses (4 semester credits each) for a total of 16 semester credits.
  • Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Globalization and Development
  • NGO Internship/Apprenticeship
  • Traditional and Modern Perspectives on West African Culture
  • Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced Study in French Language
For course syllabi, contact Carleton-Antioch Global Engagement at

Dates & Fees

Botanical Gardens, CameroonProgram Dates

The Globalization and Sustainable Development program runs every fall semester (mid September to mid December).

Fall 2017 Dates
Mon, Sept 11, 2017: arrive at Douala International Airport (DLA)
Mon, Dec 11, 2017: depart from Douala International Airport (DLA)

Program Fees

Fall 2017 program fee for Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon is $17,516.

The program fee includes tuition, room and board, CISI emergency medical insurance, and program-related travel within Cameroon.

Students are responsible for books and supplies, passport and visa fees, round-trip airfare to and from Cameroon, and personal expenses.

Faculty & Staff


DevCam5Program Director

Nicholas Hockin – Director, Arts and Culture in Cameroon

  • Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Carleton College
  • PhD Candidate (Ethnomusicology); MA Music (Ethnomusicology), Wesleyan University; BFA Music (Performance), York University (Toronto)

Professor Hockin has been directing the Arts and Culture program since 2007. In 2017, he will also direct Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon in collaboration with local faculty from the University of Buea.

Hockin is an ethnomusicologist completing his doctoral degree at Wesleyan University. The working title of his dissertation is “Drumming Modernity: The Rise of the Djembe in Bamako, Mali.” In addition to an active career as a percussionist in various jazz, pop and world music ensembles (South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Cuba, West Africa), and as creative collaborator in modern dance and theatre projects in his home city of Toronto, Nick has extensive experience teaching Malian and Guinean djembe and dununrepertoire and Senegambian kuotiro, as well as some Shona mbiramusic from Zimbabwe.

Professor Hockin’s research in West African music has focused on the Mande cultural region of Mali and Guinea since 1999. His experience as a student and performer of Mande music provides the practical grounding for his theoretical work on indigenous, local engagement with tradition and modernity in an increasingly globalized world. Over the last 16 years he has developed an extensive international network of contacts, including visual and performing artists and artisans who personify the unique bridging of historical and contemporary cultural elements so prevalent in urban West Africa today.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

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