The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Cameroon.

Decision Date

Middlebury will make a final decision about whether the program can run by July 1.

Current Situation in Cameroon

For up-to-date information, please see the U.S. Embassy site.

Program Changes

  • We are considering offering more instruction through the Middlebury Center rather than through the host university.

Program-Specific Protocols

Arrival

  • At the local airport, authorities require a rapid test of all passengers. This rapid test is free. In case of a positive result, the student needs to quarantine for 14 days. No quarantine is required by the local authorities for negative tests.

Housing

  • Students will be met at the airport by program staff and taken to their host. The staff will give students information about the new rules of living with families upon their arrival. They will be expected to maintain physical distance at home, use disinfectant when possible, and wash their hands regularly.
  • Students will not be permitted to have friends visit at home, and they will reduce the number of outings.
  • Students will be responsible for cleaning their private spaces (bedroom and bathroom) and they will protect the other members of the family through increased cleaning and hygiene measures.

Middlebury Center Space

  • The program center will be reconfigured to comply with health and safety protocols, including common areas and classrooms.
  • The center will be cleaned every day, but students will share the responsibility of disinfecting their spaces after using them.

Public Spaces

  • Certain places may require use of a face mask to enter (banks, post offiices, supermarkets) and students should comply with local guidelines.
  • Students should always carry hand sanitizer.

Travel

  • International travel is strongly discouraged and may be prohibited by the local government depending on the destination. There are requirements and restrictions regarding arrival in other countries as well as return to Cameroon. Students must inform program staff if they intend to travel overnight and students will be required to fill out a detailed questionnaire to register all travel.

  • When possible, students may travel within Cameroon with the program or their host families. They should travel in a personal car with the program staff or with the host family, and should avoid public transportation.

  • The program has canceled overnight trips for the time being.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The communication center for COVID (at the hospital) and the testing center are responsible for contact tracing. When infected people are in touch with the center, the center will ask them to provide contacts of people with whom they live and with whom they came into contact with in the past 10 days. Further, whenever you go to the center for testing, you complete out contact information about your recent activities, your family, and close contacts in case your test is positive.

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If students miss classes due to illness or quarantine requirements, instruction can be arranged to cover the content. Instruction at the university can be substituted with Middlebury-organized instruction if needed.

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Students will need to avoid large group activities, but internships and other activities can be arranged.

We will reduce physical meetings for internships, and in some cases the students will have virtual meetings.

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In Cameroon, Covid tests are free, and students will be able to quarantine with their host families if needed. If students need to stay at the hospital, food, hospital fees, and ventilation are free. 

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They will stay isolated in their rooms in their homestays.

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Students experiencing symptoms will report to the Resident Director and the host family. 

They will get tested at the closest testing center and avoid contact with other people in the meantime. They will stay at home and remain isolated in their room.

If students need to stay at the hospital, food, hospital fees, and ventilation can be free if there is space available at the government hospitals, otherwise, the students will pay all the fees at the private hospital and get reimbursement from GeoBlue, our insurance provider. Students may need to pay some fees related to their health history. For example, a student with high blood pressure will need to pay for medications related to that, and should be prepared to pay out of pocket before getting reimbursement from GeoBlue.

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No. As is the case in the US, not all individuals are required to be vaccinated. The host country might not be as far along in the vaccination rollout process, so it is possible that host families, faculty, etc. will not yet have had access to a vaccine.