Douala is nicknamed 'Cameroon's Commercial Capital', because of the importance it holds in commerce trading on an international scale. There are some amazing places to see and things to do in Cameroon, all of which will give you a good idea of what living in Douala can be like. The government square, with an amazing Chinese pagoda is a good place to start, followed by a trip to the nearby mountain resort of Mt. Fako. Expats living in Douala may find it to be a confusing experience at first, but once you've settled in, you'll find it a fun and vibrant place to live. The community of like-minded expatriates on the InterNations website will help you settle down if you're finding it hard, with the thousands of forums, discussion boards, and handy articles.
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If you're concerned about where your children’s education when you decide you're moving to Douala, then you should rest assured that there are many reputable schools in the area. There are plenty of nurseries, primary schools and high schools within 30 miles of one another. Within the last few years, the number of private schools in Douala has taken a large rise - many an expatriate in Douala chooses to put their children in these private schools, some of which have international staff members. Douala is actually quite well-known for having a large number of expatriates within the city, with a lot of French and Lebanese people taking up residence there. If you ever need help with moving, members of the InterNations community can be accessed on the forums and discussion threads – as expats just like yourself, they will be able to offer advice on making the big move.
Compared to the rest of Cameroon, Douala has some well-developed road and rail networks. The transportation links in and out of the city make it one of the most thriving places for work in the country. Not only does the Douala International Airport give expatriates access in and out of the country, but it also provides a large number of jobs for the local people. If you're thinking of working in Douala, but you're not sure what the easiest way to find work is, or you're worried that working abroad might be too stressful, then you should look at what the InterNations website has to offer. The Expat Magazine has, for example, articles written specifically about finding work abroad, and many of the pieces have also been written by expatriates in similar situations to your own.