Overview

The Arts Apprenticeship in Cameroon program allows students to expand their creative faculties in the visual and performing arts 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 artists, artisans, musicians, and dancers, study French, and explore indigenous, Christian, Islamic, colonial, and global influences on current social conditions.

Artistic apprenticeships, rigorous study, group arts workshops, extended homestays, an independent project, gifted guest lecturers, and focused field trips are integrated into an exciting multi-faceted educational experience that supports each participant’s personal and intellectual growth.

Program Director Nick Hockin collaborates with a well-developed network of artists, musicians, dancers, artisans, intellectuals, and on-site staff to create an inspiring program that is safe, challenging, and locally respected.

Location: Buea & Foumban, Cameroon

Buea is an English-speaking town nestled in the foothills of Mt. Cameroon, the tallest mountain in West/Central Africa, capital of the Southwest region and the Bakweri people, and home to the University of Buea, the largest English-speaking university in Cameroon.

Foumban is a French-speaking town in the highlands of Western Cameroon, a major center for traditional arts and culture in the region, capital of the Bamoun people, and home to the Institut des Beaux Arts de Foumban. The royal Bamoun dynasty dates to 1394 in an uninterrupted lineage of kings, and the royal palace is currently home to the 19th Sultan, HRH El Hadj Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya.

Accommodations and Meals

Orientation 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 we travel outside of Buea and Foumban to locations such as Limbe, Bimbia, or Douala, we stay in small hotels, prepare our own simple breakfasts, and eat lunch and dinner at local restaurants or the hotel.