SUMMER CAMP: Day 1 & 2

June 23, 2014
On the morning of the first day of the camp, when I arrived to the cyber I was met by 6 students who were there.. already… before me… over 30 min early! It was a miracle! On the downside, the interns were not there yet meaning I had to be two places at once (again): Inside setting up the camp (projector, documents, etc) and also outside with the students to keep them entertained, active and most importantly not bored!


Finally the interns arrived in the middle of a camp we were playing so I was able to go into the cyber to set up. Charles was surprised to see me, and I was surprised to see that all the cyber was filled with clients on the computers. Although I confirmed on Saturday with him about the camp, he was confused and thought I was going to “call him to confirm” so luckily, he really likes YAN and what we do and he secretly went into the backroom to ‘disconnect’ the internet so all of his clients would leave and the students could come in.


After the interns completed the game and were waiting for the cyber to clear out, they went over the rules/regulations of the camp, expectations of participants and talked more about the itinerary and YAN in general. By that time, we had 8 participants. We played a name game before entering the cyber and quickly began our lesson: introduction to modern technology. For the majority of our lessons, we stick pretty close to the lessons throughout the year but only kept it to the necessary things.


We then moved onto setting up emails – this was simplified because we made all students choose Gmail – there wasn’t an option of YAHOO. I was able to use the projector to show students exactly where to click and what to type. The interns circulated to check and answer questions.


After lunch, they started come up with up topics to research. We had 9 students who chose a total of 2 research topics. This is the full list of ideas they had, the 2 bolded ones are the chosen ones:


Low soil fertility/low agricultural activity

Bad customs and transitions in Cameroon (it ended up also including the good traditions which should be promoted more to the youth)

Early Marriage

Shortage of Water in Buea

Homosexuality and Lesbianism


Sick Cell

Black inferiority/White superiority




Infant Morality

Low Industrialization

Unbalanced development in Cameroon

High birth rate



The students went into their respective research groups and begin their ‘web based research lesson”. These lesson were so much easier having a projector. I could just explain what was expected from students while showing them exactly where they could do what I was asking them to do on the screen.


After just over an hour of research, groups chose one person to create the website. This was to be the person who had the most research created already. Using the projector, I showed the 2 students step by step how to create a new website on Wordpress. After the websites were created I passed out the homework which titled “Preparing to make your YAN website” and included a small blurb about themselves, their topic and 7 research facts. The interns played a “end of the day” game with them called Dragon Tagon which requires every student to answer a question relating to the material they were taught today before they are excused to go home! They laughed and were really challenged for the activity. It was a good way to show what they had retained and where they were still a bit confused.


All students remained attentive the entire class. It was a great change to the last few months teaching at Lycee and GHS. The students were quite shy and were really difficult to pull out of their shells. Students in Cameroon, and most of Africa from what I have noticed really are not encouraged to really guess, or try or do anything.


Day 2 started just like day one: as I entered the cyber 35 min before students were to arrive, Charles had set the 7 of them up on computers already! While I set up I had everyone practice signing into their emails, write me and email, and then continue their research. I told the students “Tell me why you wanted to join YAN” in their email and here are their responses:


There were several complications but still, it was a fabulous day which ended very successful. First, the Power Point for Photography, our first lesson, wasn’t downloading properly or fast enough. I decided to skip it for now and move to podcasting so that it would have some time to download. Well, that didn’t seem to be working because 40 min into the lesson when the students started actually working on their script in groups, it had cancelled due to an error. So, I put the interns in charge as I went to my house to collect the soft copy from my computer. The students did an “emotional voice” activity once they had completed writing and assigning who says what. This activity is funny as well as educational. Interns emphasized the concept that the way their voice is (tone, tempo, etc) when speaking can play an important role in the message you are trying to give listeners. They gave examples of saying a simple sentence in 3 or 4 different emotions. Then, each student chose a sentence which they would say twice with 2 different emotions.


Charlie helped me convert the powerpoint and finally we were able to start the photography lesson. Since it switched places with podcasting, we were only 40 minutes behind schedule. On the 5th slide of the Powerpoint, the power went out!!! So I orally went over a few more things then I decided it was best if the students took their lunch and came back to the classroom and waited for the power to come back to finish the presentation. As they ate, they took notes on photography and soon went outside for their scavenger hunt after they finished their quiz. Next on the agenda was Facebook – everyone’s favorite!! We had some trouble setting up accounts due to the requirement of cell phones. I had to run to the roadside and buy two SIM cards for Facebook accounts. A random person who works next door allowed me to also use her phone number so finally everyone was able to create their accounts. But, soon after the accounts were created – some were disabled. I attempted to retrieve them and even emailed Facebook but we couldn’t spend too much time on Facebook as we had other more pressing lessons.


The students then went back into their groups to work on their video proposal. Once the lesson was given and the worksheet reviewed for everyone, they got to work on their proposal with the interns making their rounds helping them with ideas and to be sure things were complete. Once the interns approved a proposal, I then looked at it. Once I approved the proposal, they moved onto the storyboard. This lesson was quite short due to being behind schedule. No one had time to start their storyboard because we had to jump into the “Modeling Advocacy” lesson plan. This was even a short lesson as well due to time. The “Modeling Advocacy” worksheet and the storyboard were homework for all students. I divided it up like this: each member of the group (there were 4 and 5 members of the two research groups) had one section of the storyboard to complete. We had: introduction, body (interview), body (group discussion) and conclusion). Then every student had to come up with TWO forms of advocacy at each of the 4 levels (individual, community, national and international) which we discussed in class. This was due the following day when students would start their filming. Before students left, I collected yesterdays homework so that I could type it at home to ease the workload of the students and make things go a bit smoother when uploading things onto their websites. Dragon Tagon was played again and the students were excused.


How do the interns see week 3?

June 23, 2014
Here is a short report from one of our YAN interns, Fadumatou:

"Throughout the past week we have been completing our lesson in: making sure all the lessons are arranged for the summer camp. We the inters completed our interviews and hence made some small talks about our research topics since we did not interview specialists but instead town members of Buea Town who gave us a brief information . We moved on to editing our videos and hence adding text, transitions and some music so as to make th...
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Internships: Week 3

June 23, 2014
Due to a sudden illness, I was unable to make Monday's 'all intenrhsip meeting' and I had Maddy take over for the day.

Students played a ‘description’ game involving adjectives which would improve the students writing skills. Students sat back to back (not facing each other). One held and object while the other held a pen and paper. Using solely the description of their partner, they were to draw what they believed the object to be. Later, they wrote as many adjectives as possible to descr...
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Week 2 of Internships

June 23, 2014
The 2nd week of internships was even more exciting than the first!! For our ‘all intern meeting’ on Monday we were only missing 2 interns and we began by reviewing our goals from the first week. What did you set out to do? Did you accomplish that? If not, what obstacle was in your way? How can you overcome this obstacle in the future.

Each intern had a turn to speak and explain what they did in their 1st week. We then moved onto a serious of problem solving activities. I split the group o...
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A word from out YAN Interns:

June 17, 2014

The first passage is from Fadimatou Isa of GHS Buea Town:


On Monday the 26th of May 2014, we started out internship. We made a together meeting at the pala-pala field where all of the students introduced themselves. Mme Antonia gave us some conditions to be of a good intern which goes thus:

-Asking when you need help.
-Be honest.

-Taking initiatives.

-Keep to time and making connections.

-Furthermore, we were to write out main goals for the internship which are as follows:


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Internships have started and are right on track!!

June 17, 2014
This year I did an open application process for all YAN member who were interested in becoming a summer intern. I had 25 out of 42 students apply for 11 positions posted all over Buea. The selected 11 students are:





Henry Ekema

BGS Molyko

Green Cameroon

Precious Claris Namondo Wose

GHS Buea Town

Green Cameroon

Khadijatou Mohammed

GHS Buea Town

Green Camer...

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Congradulations to the YAN class of 2014!!

June 8, 2014
After months of teaching, electricity black outs, random unannounced public holidaus which closed schools, weeks and weeks of preparation, and an “all nighter” the day before - I was finally able to take a breath and admire the success, hard work and accomplishments of my 42 students.


On May 24th 2014, the YAN Class of 2014 had their graduation ceremony.


Of the 42 students we had 19 from the Government High School in Buea Town,  16 from the Bilingual Grammar School in Molyko and ...

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YAN Videos – Movie Night!!

June 3, 2014

On the 22nd of May, YAN held their final classes which was also the final  day for any students including those in the Advanced class to finalize and finish their videos for full credit. I spent the majority of the day doing my ‘last minute’ meetings with several groups at BGS Molyko.

On Monday I had sent out invitations via Facebook and SMS/text message inviting a handful of my friends (international and Cameroonian) to join me for a ‘YAN Movie Night” where each...

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Advanced YAN puts their research into ACTION!

June 3, 2014

Sensitization projects are the main thing that sets the Advanced class apart from the regular YAN class. This year we started the school year with 8 bring and motivated returning YAN graduates who initiated the first ever “Advanced YAN” class! By the middle of the second term we had lost a few students but in the final term a couple of them re-joined.

Henry making his vidual aid for his presentation

Depending on each individual, students either continued resreaching their topic f...

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YAN research groups successfully produce their videos

May 27, 2014
Please bare with me as the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of editing, website updating, graduation and internship preparations, planning of the summer camp and so so much more. Please read the next couple of blog posts to get back up to date on whats happening in Buea with YAN!


There is A LOT in store for YANers in the next couple of weeks – Both for those reading from home and those in Buea, Cameroon working as students/interns!


As you have read in the last post, our main p...

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