Chop Fayner – New Edition

October 4th, 2015 by admin

Welcome to Chop Fayner, the new and revised Chop Fayn (we don’t claim to be original). As with the last edition, the profits will go to support the PC Cameroon Gender, Youth, and Cameroon committee’s endeavors. We hope to have included a wide enough range of recipes to suit most PCVs. This time around, we have tried to favor interesting recipes for non-cookers, for PCVs who live in places where there’s almost nothing to buy, and for people without ovens.

If you live in a village where gas is rare and food variety rarer, you can still make tasty stuff by buying the herbs and spices listed here. If you have food and fuel available, you might want to add an interesting cookbook from the States to your Chop Fayn collection. The Silver Palate series is good, as is Mollie Katzen’s. For fat- and cholesterol-conscious people, The New American Diet Cookbook is good, basic, and contains a wide variety of recipes.

We would like to thank all who contributed time and/or ideas to this project. The cover was designed by a student, Ibrahim Ahmadou, in Bertoua. Glen Torbert, thanks for allowing us to use recipes from Clueless Gourmet. Thanks to Stephen Bobenhausen for all of your fancy typing. Jen-O (Mattison), you’re a life-saver for doing all that thorough editing. Comic Dr. Bunker, you are our font man. Thanks so much!

Thanks again for supporting women and youth in Cameroon by buying Chop Fayner. The cookbook is an on-going project, with revisions about every two years. Please let the editors know, through GYC in Yaoundé, if there is anything that you would change or suggest for the next edition.

Good Luck!

Andy Kerrigan Karen McClish Hope Neighbor Karen Reed

Download the latest edition of Chop Fayner


September 25th, 2015 by bobebill

Panafest 2015

It is count down to the Pan African Festival popularly known as Panafest. The Month of September is almost over and that cannot happen without this great celebration!!!!

Please join the ACCDF and the Montgomery County’s African Affairs Advisory Group (AAAG) on Saturday September 26, for Panafest 2015 at 1 Veteran Plaza, Silver Spring, MD from 12 noon to 10:00 PM. In keeping with our Theme “We Love African Heritage Unity”, we have a jam packed program this year with performances from over 25 African Countries and Special Guests and Dignitaries from round the globe.

This year, Panafest is honoring our brothers and sisters from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia after the Ebola Crisis. There will be special recognition of Dr. Salia (The Sierra Leonean Doctor who was flown to the U.S. after he contracted the disease and died) and Dr. Khan, the first Doctor who died from Ebola after saving the lives of hundreds of Sierra Leoneans.

We are honored to have the presence of His Excellency Bockari Stevens, the Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States. Also present will be representatives from the Guinean and Liberian communities as well as the communities at large.

Among the Performers for this year’s event are presidential Band Dambadjoya all the way from Chad, —– from Ethiopia, Guinean Artist Ramiro Naka from France and the International Acclaimed group Artist with One Voice.

The streets and platform will be loaded with vendors from all over Africa and the Caribbean. Come and experience Africa!!!!! Remember Its September 26, from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, at 1 Veteran Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.

Pidgin English

September 18th, 2015 by bobebill

Pidgin manual lessons 1-6

Have you ever wanted to learn Pidgin English? When I entered Peace Corps in Cameroon, we underwent more than three weeks of introductory Pidgin before we were posted. The manual may have been updated by now, but David Bellama’s team did a great job getting it started. Click the button next to “Have” and download the first six chapters.

RPCV Hot Jobs

August 21st, 2015 by bobebill

Job hunting? RPCVs should go to:

Peace CorpsCareer Fair
RPCV Career Fair: Network Your Way to a Job
You have the skills and knowledge that employers want. Now find out how to make yourself stand out from other job seekers. Network with returned Volunteers who served around the world and meet with 50 employers looking to hire YOU at the East Coast National RPCV Career Conference and Job Fair in Washington, D.C. Register now.
Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE) Jobs
Education Program Specialist – Dept. of Education – Washington, DC
CIS Clerk – Citizenship and Immigration Services – Anaheim, CA
Passport Specialist – Dept. of State – Detroit, MI
Environmental Protection Specialist – Environmental Protection Agency – Denver, CO

Peace Corps Response and
Global Health Service Partnership Assignments

Climate and Weather Advisor – Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme – Samoa – 12-month commitment
Education Accreditation Specialist – Chuuk State Department of Education – Micronesia and Palau – 12-month commitment
Nurse Educator – Public Sector Academic Medical Institutions – Various Countries – 12-month commitment
Physician Educator – Public Sector Academic Medical Institutions – Various Countries – 12-month commitment

View All PCR / GHSP Assignments
International Jobs
Security Manager – American Bar Association – Tunisia
Principal Technical Advisor – Management Sciences for Health – Uganda
Program Manager – World Learning – Vietnam
Agricultural Research and Development Fellow – Meds & Food for Kids – Haiti

Domestic Jobs
Communications Manager – Harvard University – Cambridge, MA
Caseworker – International Rescue Committee – Glendale, AZ
Health Coordinator – High Country Community Health – Boone, NC
Software Engineer – Kiva Microfunds – San Francisco, CA
Bilingual Housing Specialist (Spanish) – Lakeside Community Development Corporation – Chicago, IL

Virtual Info Session: Careers at the State Department
State Department
In case you missed it, we recently heard from a panel of Foreign Service Officers and civil service staff about the many ways to launch a career at the State Department. Watch the virtual info session and get answers to common State Department questions.

Newest PCVs For Cameroon Sworn In

August 11th, 2015 by bobebill




Congratulations to the newest group of Education Volunteers who were sworn-in on August 5, 2015 by Matthew Smith, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires in Cameroon. After 10 weeks of intensive pre-service training, the 21 new Volunteers took the Peace Corps oath and pledge with proud and excitement.


The swearing-in ceremony was coupled with the renewal of #PeaceCorpsCameroon MOU with its longest Cameroon Government partner, the Ministry of Secondary Education. Country Director Mark Orlic and Minister Louis Bapes Bapes, on behalf of their respective organizations, reiterated their commitment to support and promote education for all in the country.

“Ngong-out” to new RPCVs

July 10th, 2015 by bobebill

2015 PC 3

On July 9th, Peace Corps/Cameroon bid farewell to 12 of the Education and Agrobusiness/ Ex-CED Volunteers who came to the end of their service in Cameroon.

In ?#?PeaceCorpsCameroon?, they call the farewell ceremony for the departing Volunteers the “ngong-out”. This is in reference to the traditional instrument, the “ngong”, that is used to call staff and all partakers to the ceremony; the same instrument that was used in yesteryears (and may still be used) in Cameroonian villages to call people for gatherings. As a testimonial of their attachment to their respective regions of service, the Volunteers dressed up in traditional attires.

“Ngong-outs are always bittersweet moments because it’s hard to say goodbye to family members. But we know they are off to new and exciting adventures. We also know they will always keep Cameroon in their hearts whenever they go.
” On est ensemble!”

2015 PC 2

Why Cry Die?

July 10th, 2015 by bobebill


The Proliferation of Ancestors: Death Celebrations in the Cameroon Grassfields

Cameroon RPCV Michael Jindra produced one of the best, if not the best, studies on death celebrations in the North West Province as his doctoral thesis. If you ever wondered what was taking place and why, this is a must read.

“This dissertation is a regional study of the mortuary cycle in the Northwest Province of Cameroon, and of transformations in the cycle due to twentieth century historical changes. Mortuary practices are explained, detailed and differentiated across the province, including death, burial and mourning practices. Special attention is paid to the final “death celebration,” the largest, most common, and most important ritual/festival of the region.”