Mary Tjosvold Graduate Fellowship in Community Development

Bamenda, Cameroon

Overview: Through a generous donation from one of our alumni members, several graduate-level professional development opportunities are available for community-based work in Bamenda, Cameroon. Graduate students selected for this program will receive airfare and living expenses (including bed, breakfast, and dinner) for a six-week unpaid, non-credit internship in Cameroon.

Graduate students may apply for one of three projects listed below. Applications are due October 17. 

Program Dates:  May – July, 2017 (exact dates TBD)

Community-based internship projects:

1.     Microlending and Farming – Position #1 will work directly with the Akum Farmers’ Cooperative and the Small Mankon Credit Union.  The Akum Farmers’ Cooperative is seeking to increase potato production for sale in Cameroon and possibly export. Each member of the cooperative is a single-household farmer. The cooperative is designed to help farmers combine their yields in order to reach wider markets. Small Mankon Credit Union is a recently established small scale credit union that engages in grassroots banking. Students with backgrounds in microlending, agroeconomics, crop rotation, potato production, soil science, or seed multiplication are most desired for this position. Some days will also be spent supporting a local dairy and yogurt production farm with marketing strategies. Students with a strong interest in small scale farming and microlending are ideal candidates for this position.

2.     Primary Resource Teacher  - Position #2 (Primary Resource Teacher) requires experience and/or preparation in elementary education, youth development, or special education. The Primary Resource Teacher will be assigned to the Margaret Tjosvold Primary School (Santa Community) and the Morning Star Deaf and Hard of Hearing Primary School (Bamenda City). At these schools, Primary Resource Teachers observe classrooms and collaborate with teachers. The Primary Resource Teacher may also teach sample lessons to pupils, develop professional development opportunities for teachers, and generally support literacy and mathematics development for children ages 6-14. Additional activities may include recreation or sporting activities and small group work with children. Students with American Sign Language proficiency strongly encouraged to apply.

3.     Youth Worker/Social Worker/Psychologist – Position #3 will be linked with Noah’s Ark, a small non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on child rights, elimination of child labor, and supporting orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). Students in this placement will join the NGO’s director (a medical doctor) for home visits to help identify family or OVC support needs. Students at this placement will also support Noah’s Ark in facilitating income generating activities for the organization (e.g., jewelry making, community computer courses, etc.) and will develop educational products related to environmental hygiene and disease control. Students may also support Noah’s Ark in webpage development work.

Application Process:

All CEHD and CFANS graduate and professional students are eligible for this program.

To apply, applicants should submit a CV write and cover letter explaining which position best fits her or his experiences. Essays should highlight the academic and professional background of the applicant in relation to the position selected. Once written applications are reviewed, a committee will interview candidates and make final selections.

Mary T. Fellows will be selected based on their capacity for:

  • Previous experience related to the professional requirements of the position
  • Evidence of cross-cultural communication skills
  • Flexibility and initiative to work in new environments
  • Capacity to work in groups and be a team player
  • A commitment to reciprocal benefit of Fellow and community partners.

Further Requirements:

Fellows will be expected to attend 3-4 pre-departure workshops during the months of November, February, and April.

Application Instructions:

Submit cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of two references to by October 17, 2016.