Cameroon, West Africa

 March 27 – April 9, 2020


The Refuge 139 event is located at our second largest translation center in Yaounde, the Capital of Cameroon. The center is guarded 24/7 and considered a safe environment for the conference attendees we will be serving. Our host in Yaounde and the JAARS Refuge 139 staff continually monitor the situation in Cameroon to ensure everyone’s safety.

Application Due Dates:

We are no longer taking applications for this trip. Please check back to see if additional events have been added to our events schedule.

Difficulty Rating:

5 out of 10


Average high is in the mid 80s, but with high humidity it feels much hotter. Overnight lows average in the upper 60s. Expect rain at times and muggy days.


Simple housing with shared rooms, flushing toilets, and hot showers. Internet is available, but unreliable.

Purpose of Program:

To provide meaningful child care for the children of missionaries during their annual Retreat and Branch Conference

Number of Kids in Program:

Approximately 40 kids, ages 3-12 yrs old

Country Description:

Cameroon is situated in West and Central Africa. Due to it’s diverse climates, it is sometimes referred to as “Africa in miniature” as it includes a little taste of each region of Africa. French and English are the official languages of Cameroon.

Debriefing Activity:

Sightseeing and shopping at a local craft market.

Trip Costs:

  • Flights (from the US approximately $1,500)
  • Refuge 139 registration fee is $1,500 (includes room/board, in-country expenses, visa, evacuation insurance)


  • All Childhood Immunizations
  • Td/Tdap Booster
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow Fever – required for entrance to Cameroon
  • Meningitis
  • Malaria – This is NOT an immunization, but is an oral medication taken while in a malaria area to help prevent malaria.

Number of Volunteers Needed:

At least four (4) more volunteers needed. We plan to field a team of nine (9) individuals.

Additional Info.:

Dirt roads and uneven surfaces make it difficult for those with mobility challenges. Those with food allergies or special diets may want to bring their own food or decide to choose another trip.