Friday, April 26, 2013

Assignment in Yaounde

Today I would like to discuss Yaounde in Cameroon. If you were to be sent to Yaounde on an expatriate assignment or if you were to relocate there, you are likely to experience weather that varies from tropical along the coast to semiarid and hot in the north. You will meet people who speak French, English, and languages of the Bantu, Semi-Bantu and Sudanic groups.

The cost of clothing is average. The cost of food and beverages is very high. The cost of housing is very low. The cost of transport is low. Yaounde is the capital city of Cameroon and second largest city in the country after Douala. Major industries in Yaounde include tobacco, dairy products, breweries, clay, glass goods, and lumber. It is also a regional distribution centre for coffee, cocoa, copra, sugar cane, and rubber.

From a day to day comfort perspective, you are likely to experience high degree of hardship. Be sure to negotiate an appropriate salary or allowance to compensate for the cost of living. If you live in Yaounde or if you lived there recently, let us know what your experience has been. Would you live in Yaounde again?