The program will take place in the English-speaking South West and North West Regions of Cameroon. In SW Region, most of our time will be spent in and around Korup National Park. Korup is located in a global biodiversity hotspot and is renowned for its exceptionally high number of plant and animal species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Korup supports 14 different primate s species, including some of Africa’s most endangered primates, such as the red colobus monkey and the chimpanzee. Habitat loss and, especially, hunting for bushmeat (the meat of wild animals) are the primary threats to primates and other mammals in the area. The people of the Korup area are ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse. Most livelihoods are based around hunting and slash-and-burn farming of food and cash crops.
In NW Region, we will spend most of our time around the city of Bamenda, in the Cameroon highlands. This area contains high elevation forest, grassland, and savanna. Many mammal and bird species are unique to this area. The main threats to biodiversity include habitat loss and overhunting.
Student must be interested in camping and hiking and be able to tolerate and/or adapt to sometimes uncomfortable and/or unique environmental conditions.
Students must have the following in order to participate on the program:
This program is intended for any student, in any major, with an interest in the natural world and the interactions between humans and their environment. Students that might be particularly interested in this program include those majoring Anthropology, Biology, Sociology, and African studies. Students with interest in the environment will also greatly benefit from this program.
Students will reside in hotels and host family homes. Students will also stay in tents while working in the forest. Most group meals will be provided.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
In addition to submitting the oIP application form, please fill out this supplemental questionaire and submit this document to the oIP.
Also as a part of this program you will need to schedule an interview with the program director.
Prerequisites: Minimum GPA 3.0 (or permission from Program Director), at least one course in cultural or biological anthropology or ecology or environmental studies or biology, an interview, and a questionnaire.
Note: Student must be physically fit and healthy. Student must also enjoy the outdoors and be willing to endure difficult environmental conditions.