Two boys playing football in Foumban, Cameroon. Photo by Adam Cohn

YES Students

All students from Cameroon are Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program scholarship winners. Click here to learn more about the YES Program.

Country Information

Cameroon is a country bursting with culture and languages. Many different ethnic groups coexist with one another.
Cameroonian people are proud of their identity, whatever that may be, and feel greatly connected to it.

Lifestyle and Family

Life in a typical Cameroon family is male-dominated. The men are expected to bring in money for the entire family, teach their trade to the sons, take care of the property, and be a life mentor to the males in the family. Women are expected to take care of the home, and raise the children. A typical family usually has 10 or more children. These children are cared for until the age of ten, which is when they begin earning for the family.

Teen Life and Sports

The majority of teens like to spend most of their time outside of the house. Different sports are sponsored by companies or urban social clubs. The most popular sports in the country are handball and volleyball, activities that both men and woman can participate in. When they are not out on the court, they are going to a club or event to listen and dance to music.


Cameroon cannot claim a special dish to their country as the food and meals vary from area to area. However, there are some constant ingredients that are used such as corn, peanuts, potatoes, and rice. Many other ingredients vary depending on the region, and meat is rarely eaten as it is considered a luxury.

Language and Religion

The official languages of Cameroon are French and English. However, there are approximately 240 local languages of which only 100 can be written. The major religions within the country are Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim, but Cameroonians also continue to practice their native African indigenous religions.

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