Volunteer in Togo

Developing an educational garden in Kpalime
Kpalime, Kloto       July 14 - August 3, 2017

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to conserve biodiversity in a sustainable way through gardening activities. In this context, an educational garden was set up in 2014. The activities carried out in the garden raised awareness among volunteers and the community on responsible consumption of local and organic products. It is a garden where the principles of sustainable development are implemented.

International volunteers will help expand and reinforce the activities in the garden so that the needs for bigger and more diverse production can be met.
The group will work on the following tasks:
- Preparing the soil, weeding, hoeing
- Making compost
- Protecting the plants, transplanting seedlings, watering them
- Repairing and strengthening the garden fence

Leisure time: The volunteers will have the opportunity to explore Kpalimé and its surroundings in the free time. You can hike in the mountains around or cool down by one of the famous waterfalls of Kpalime.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a house near the project site, in shared rooms. Basic conditions. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Located 120 km west of Lomé, the town of Kpalimé is the ideal place for hikers and nature lovers who want to discover beautiful mountain landscapes and tropical flora. Many natural waterfalls will allow you to cool off in their pools. Kpalimé is also a center of arts and crafts, with many artists and craftsmen calling it home.
With about 101,088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region and the capital of the Kloto district. Apart from public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centers, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a huge offer of different products: many tropical fruits, vegetables of all kind and African clothing. Kpalimé is a city that welcomes a lot of visitors.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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First Aid awareness and training program
Kpalime, Kloto       July 11 - July 31, 2017

Volunteer project: Nowadays, a very small part of the Togolese population knows first aid. However, a victim correctly assisted before rescue arrives has an additional 10% chance of survival. The volunteers will receive a training and then will apply their skills while teaching first aid to local people.
The objective of the project is to contribute to First Aid Awareness and Training of Togolese communities so that local people can acquire life saving skills and learn how to respond to emergencies.

Training will be given to the volunteers by trainers of the National Service of Occupational and Sports Medicine (the Occupational Health and Safety Committee). Then the volunteers, together with a team of the Red Cross, will organize awareness sessions on the importance of learning first aid: basic life saving skills.
After their training in first aid, the volunteers will in turn train young people of the village as peer educators. This will ensure that after the volunteers leave, these peer educators will carry on and multiply their actions in the community for the sustainability of the project.
At the end of the project, the volunteers will organize a presentation in the village to demonstrate the different first aid skills and techniques that were the subject of the project.
The training will cover topics such as releasing a victim, recovery position, treating burns, how to stop bleeding, airway obstruction, etc.

Leisure time: In their free time, volunteers can enjoy walks, meetings with the particularly welcoming locals, trips to the surrounding villages.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a house in Kpalimé, in shared rooms. Basic conditions. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Kpalimé (Tové Ati). Located 120 km west of Lomé, the town of Kpalimé is the ideal place for hikers and nature lovers who want to discover beautiful mountain landscapes and tropical flora. Many natural waterfalls will allow you to cool off in their pools. Kpalimé is also home to the largest arts and crafts center in the country where a large number of artists and craftsmen (woodcarvers, potters, weavers) have settled.
With about 101,088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region and the capital of the Kloto district. Apart from public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centers, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a huge offer of different products: many tropical fruits, vegetables of all kind and African clothing. In short, it is a city that moves and attracts many visitors.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Global citizenship folk festival
Kpalime, Kloto       July 17 - July 30, 2017

Volunteer project: The idea of this project is to highlight the educational, social and artistic dimension of folklore and use it as a means for citizenship education. This festival is a way to attract a large audience and to provide a space for reflection about citizenship education and environmental issues (deforestation, global warming …).

The festival is about promoting groups that are active in the cultural and artistic local scene while giving them an occasion to perform their arts and at the same time raising awareness about global citizenship and environmental protection.

The volunteer activities will be completed in two stages.
The first stage will involve reflection and awareness on the project themes:
- Visiting local organizations involved in environmental protection;
- Entertaining activities for teenagers, such as providing educational tools to encourage the young people to respect and protect the environment in their daily life;
- Raising awareness on sustainable waste disposal;
- Meetings and discussions on all the project themes (local active members involved in community development will be invited).
In the second stage, the main activity will be the organisation of the festival (place set-up, awareness actions to be taken together with the festival artists)
- Arranging the show hall
- Establishing information stands
- Meeting the groups taking part in the festival
- Planning and execution of the event

In addition to the activities to be carried out by the volunteers, folklore groups from the Kloto region will prepare performances based on the themes they choose (Environmental Protection, Conflict and Peace).

Leisure time: In their free time, volunteers can enjoy walks, meetings with the particularly welcoming locals, trips to the surrounding villages.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a volunteer center in Kpalimé.

Location: Located 120 km west of Lomé, the town of Kpalimé is the ideal place for hikers and nature lovers who want to discover beautiful mountain landscapes and tropical flora. Many natural waterfalls will allow you to cool off in their pools. Kpalimé is also home to the largest arts and crafts center in the country where a large number of artists and craftsmen (woodcarvers, potters, weavers) have settled.
With about 101,088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region and the capital of the Kloto district. Apart from public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centers, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a huge offer of different products: many tropical fruits, vegetables of all kind and African clothing. In short, it is a city that moves and attracts many visitors.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and environmental awareness program
Kpalime, Kloto       July 21 - August 2, 2017

Volunteer project: This project aims to preserve the environment through pedagogical exchanges, awareness raising and creation of green spaces. During the program, volunteers will work first on the pedagogical aspects of the project, secondly on the concrete actions to be carried out in the field and finally the presentation and dissemination of the work carried out throughout the two weeks of reflection, exchanges and actions. The objectives of the program are to share experiences in environmental education; to enrich tools already created and tested by other organizations and actors in environmental education; to create new educational tools for environmental education.

Tasks to be accomplished :
- In small groups, volunteers will exchange and share their knowledge on environmental sustainability and environmental education.
- Presentation of the pedagogical tools.
- Analyze, improve or create other tools according to the requirements of the environment. To find reference themes on the protection of the environment: the management of plastic waste, the harmful effects of bush fires, the importance of reforestation, etc.
- Organize activities using existing and established pedagogical tools.
- Awareness activities in the village on the defined themes.
- At the end, the volunteers will take part in the reforestation of a space together with local people to mark their stay.

Leisure time: The volunteers will have the opportunity to explore Kpalimé and its surroundings in the free time. You can hike in the mountains around or cool down by one of the famous waterfalls of Kpalime.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a house in Kpalimé, in shared rooms. Basic conditions. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Kpalimé (Tové Ati). Located 120 km west of Lomé, the town of Kpalimé is the ideal place for hikers and nature lovers who want to discover beautiful mountain landscapes and tropical flora. Many natural waterfalls will allow you to cool off in their pools. Kpalimé is also home to the largest arts and crafts center in the country where a large number of artists and craftsmen (woodcarvers, potters, weavers) have settled.
With about 101,088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region and the capital of the Kloto district. Apart from public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centers, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a huge offer of different products: many tropical fruits, vegetables of all kind and African clothing. In short, it is a city that moves and attracts many visitors.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Building a youth center in Kpalime
Kpalime, Kloto       July 28 - August 17, 2017

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to offer an environment that can encourage the blossoming of troubled young children in Kpalime.

Together with a local mason, the volunteers will render the building’s walls, will prepare the plaster that will be used for rendering, will cut the wood for the carpentry work, will put in place the windows, etc.
Another group of volunteers will create a green area for the centre, will prepare the soil and plant the plants, turf and flowers.

Leisure time: The volunteers will have the opportunity to explore Kpalimé and its surroundings in the free time. You can hike in the mountains around or cool down by one of the famous waterfalls of Kpalime.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: In Kpalime. The accommodation is close to the work site and will include a common room.

Location: Kpalimé (Tové Ati). Located 120 km west of Lomé, the town of Kpalimé is the ideal place for hikers and nature lovers who want to discover beautiful mountain landscapes and tropical flora. Many natural waterfalls will allow you to cool off in their pools. Kpalimé is also home to the largest arts and crafts center in the country where a large number of artists and craftsmen (woodcarvers, potters, weavers) have settled.
With about 101,088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region and the capital of the Kloto district. Apart from public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centers, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a huge offer of different products: many tropical fruits, vegetables of all kind and African clothing. In short, it is a city that moves and attracts many visitors.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Providing care and social activities for mentally challenged children in Kpalime
Kpalime, Kloto       August 4 - August 24, 2017

Volunteer project: This project is special because the international volunteers will be working with children who are mentally challenged. These children are neglected in the local communities. They are not accepted by the society and are often passed for burden or curse for their families. The goal of the center is to facilitate the integration of the mentally challenged children by offering them school education and/or professional training considering their abilities. But the children don't get enough care during the summer holidays. It is important to take actions for the good education and training of those children in order to secure the best possible future for them. Everybody who cares about these children is welcome to join this project.

The general objective of the project is stimulating the development and growth of the children with intellectual disability through educational and play activities. The volunteers will supervise and lead the children in games and playful situations of educational and instructive nature. Through participation in these activities, the children will discover a different way of learning.

The international group of volunteers will guide the children in different activities and workshops like drawing, painting and modeling, singing and dance, tales, sketches, sport, etc. The volunteers can present typical cultural aspects of their country such as songs, dances, games, etc. At the end of the project, the volunteers will organize a presentation of the realized activities in the square of the village.

This project is dedicated exclusively to the activities with children. It is open to volunteers who have the skills and the willingness to work with mentally challenged children and who can accept their differences. The volunteers must be responsive, patient and understanding. The volunteers will work in close collaboration with a team of skilled teachers.

Leisure time: Some social and sports activities with local children and teenagers will be organised. The volunteers will also have the opportunity to explore Kpalimé and its surroundings in the free time. You can hike in the mountains around or cool down by one of the famous waterfalls of Kpalime.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the center.

Location: The city of Kpalimé has around 95 000 inhabitants. It is situated at approximately 2 hours from Lomé in a beautiful natural environment in the heart of Cocoa and Coffee Country. The zone surrounding the city is rich and fertile, surrounded by mountains and thick woods, deep valleys and small peaceful villages. The landscape always remains green even during the dry season. Despite the intense agricultural development, the region of Kpalimé has preserved some of the most attractive forests of Togo that are abundant in mahoganies, wawas and irokos. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to swim and relax by the water. A lively market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The inhabitants come from all over the region to sell their products and to shop. The market offers many exotic fruits. Kpalimé is also the most important arts and crafts center of the country where many artists and craftsmen (woodcarvers, potters, weavers) have settled down.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching and promoting the library in Yeviepe
Yeviepe, Kloto       August 8 - August 28, 2017

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to improve the reaction skills of the children and teenagers of Yeviepe through school support and games based on reflection and cultural entertainment. This project is also meant to encourage and promote the activities happening in the new library of the village, and to get the local young students to understand the value of the tools provided to them for their own development.

The activities will be divided in two parts:
- The first part will be dedicated to courses intended to help the students of the primary and the high school, especially in the subjects in which they have more difficulties. The volunteers will help in teaching French (reading, writing, verb conjugation, oral and written composition, etc.), calculation (Math), and also some other subjects to the older students (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, etc.).
- The second part will be dedicated to games and entertainment activities, which will be held in the village library (reading contests, drawing, singing and dancing).

Leisure time: The volunteers can take part in walks and meetings with the local people. The people in the village are particularly welcoming. You can plan parties and trips to visit the surrounding villages and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and mountains of the region.

Language: French and English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the village, in a small flat with shared rooms.

Location: Yéviépé is located 12 km from the town of Kpalimé, on the road to Nyivé village, not far from the border with Ghana. It is surrounded by Kpadapé to the North, Kalakala to the East, Nyivé to the South and Womé to the West. With a population of about 3000 inhabitants, Yéviépé is a very welcoming village. It was founded in the late 18th century. The population is essentially composed of farmers occupied in the cultivation of maize, beans, cassava, yams and rice. The village has a large number of children and young people of school age. There is a kindergarten, a primary school and a college welcoming students from six neighboring villages. The traditional town festival is held annually in August and brings together the entire village population. The village is also remarkable with its natural environment, its cultural diversity and rich history which you'll be able to discover!

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and entertainment activities for children
Kpele-Goudeve, Kloto       August 12 - September 1, 2017

Volunteer project: The primary goal of this project is to improve the reaction capacities of children through games and reflection on cultural differences among people from different backgrounds. The second goal is to provide the kindergarten with tables and chairs in order to support the entertainment activities for the children. This project comes to support the Kpélé-Goudévé primary school to meet its needs in teaching and learning materials as well as strengthen students' skills.

The activities will be divided in two parts:
- The first part will be dedicated to making tables and chairs for the children attending the kindergarten. The tables and chairs will be built with wood and bamboo. Then the furniture will be painted. The equipment to be used will consist of saws, hammers, rebate planes, polish, pincers, masks, gloves, scrapers. The volunteers will also work with the village’s carpenter to help him manufacture various tools.
- The second part will be dedicated to entertaining and tutoring primary school students in the subjects in which they have the most difficulties. The volunteers will help teaching Math and French (reading, writing, verb conjugation, written and oral expression, etc.).

Leisure time: The site offers numerous possibilities for hiking the mountain and enjoying nature's beauty. The locals are very hospitable and are open to show you their village and share their culture.

Language: French and English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the library in the centre of the village, in a small flat, with shared rooms.

Location: Kpele-Goudeve is located 22 km from Kpalimé. The village has 4500 inhabitants, mostly farmers. In the Kloto region, you can find coffee and cocoa fields, and trekking paths that will allow you to discover its nature and incredible vegetation. Other then the beautiful mountain landscapes, you can swim in the waterfall and learn all about its remarkable history.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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