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Volunteer opportunities in TOGO

Building a playground and promoting the social development of kindergarten children
Gadjagan, Agou          July 11 - July 31, 2015

Volunteer project: The objective of this volunteer project is to support the development of kindergarten children in Gadjagan through games and social activities.

The volunteers will build a playground and design games for the children. This would involve installation of seats, tables and playground equipment. The aim is to create a safe and fun space for the children of Gadjagan to enjoy games and recreational activities.
The second task of the volunteers will be to organise a program of activities for the kindergarten children, encouraging social interaction and development of appropriate skills. The activities may involve drawing, decoration, singing, dances and group games.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers can spend time with the very friendly local people, or go for a visit to the neighbouring villages, or go for a hike in the mountains and to some impressive waterfalls nearby.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a community building in the village.

Location: Gadjagan is located about 30 km from Kpalimé on the national road from Kpalimé to Lomé. It is a rural area with a predominantly farming population.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Promoting a culture of non-violence and peace in Togolese communities
Tomegbe, Kloto          July 17 - August 6, 2015

Volunteer project: This volunteer project aims to promote a culture of non-violence and peace in the communities. With this initiative, we want to raise awareness among the community through reflections on peace so people can stand against violence in our society.

The international volunteers will first prepare a strategy for running the awareness campaign and develop interactive methods and tools such as posters and display boards promoting nonviolence and peace. The group will work with local youth to promote the culture of non-violence through lectures, debates, sketches, dance demonstrations, singing workshops, storytelling, theater, sports, art and drawing contests. The volunteers will organize a soccer match, group games and traditional dance competitions in the community. There will be also home visits and meetings with the local people where, in a friendly atmosphere, they will explore their differences and learn to accept them. A march across the village will mark the end of the project.
To facilitate the realization of the project, we recommend that you bring posters, leaflets, stickers, brochures or any articles and documentation related to non-violence and peace.

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

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a house in the village.

Location: Tomegbe is located 19 km from Kpalime in the south-west of Togo. The village lays on a hillside between the waterfall of Kamalo and Kloto Mountain. The village also has its own waterfall. The population of 2000 is mainly occupied in agriculture. You can find cacao and coffee farms, corn, bean and millet farms, and the fruits grown here such as oranges, bananas, pineapples, mangos, and avocados, have an exceptional flavour. The village is remarkable with its scenic landscapes and cultural diversity.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Reforestation and environmental education in Apegame
Apegame, Agou          July 20 - August 9, 2015

Volunteer project: The objective of this project is to continue the nature restoration work that was started in the area last summer. It consists of planting trees and organizing environmental awareness activities to teach local farmers about the dangers of uncontrolled bush fires and deforestation. The volunteers will organize social and environmental education activities for young people in order to ensure sustainability of the project.

The specific tasks of the volunteers include clearing a piece of land which will be reforested, planting trees and flowers and watering them. The group will also organise social and awareness activities with students in the village some afternoons.

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

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a community house.

Location: Apegame is a town located along the Kpalimé-Lomé road and about 17 km from Kpalimé. It has a population of 4000 inhabitants. It is remarkable because of its unique geographical features. The local people are mostly farmers who offer a very warm welcome. The place is also remarkable because of its cultural diversity and variety of tropical fruits grown there.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation of a youth center in Kpalime
Kpalime, Kloto          July 22 - August 11, 2015

Volunteer project: The aim of this volunteer project is to give a new face to a youth center in Kpalimé. This will help students and teenagers who visit the center to enjoy the new infrastructures more fully.

The work tasks consists of making decorations, painting, installing a swing and creating new free time spaces and activities.

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 a house in Kpalimé.

Location: Located 120 km in the North-west of Lomé, Kpalimé is a place for nature lovers and hikers, who wish to discover beautiful mountain landscapes and the tropical flora. Many natural waterfalls will allow you to cool off in their pools. Kpalimé also shelters the most important craft center in Togo, where a large number of artists have settled down.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Building a Health Center in a remote village in the Maritime Region of Togo
Gape-Avelebe, Zio          July 24 - August 13, 2015

Volunteer project: Gapé-Avélébé is an isolated area and going to a Health Center is difficult for the population. We take the initiative to build a Health Center (Nursery Station) in the village, which can help people (children and adults) to receive primary care before going to the hospital which is far away from the village. 

The objective of this project is to provide a health center for the residents of the Gape-Avelebe village. The other objective is to raise the awareness of the population about hygiene and responsible behavior concerning environmental protection, keeping the environment clean and healthy, keeping oneself in good health condition.

The first step of this project consists mainly of masonry: building the hole for the foundation, making the bricks, gathering sand, and collecting water. The second step is to create activities with the children of the village: dances, painting, theater, and storytelling.

Leisure time: There's a lot of opportunities for hiking in the area. The volunteers will also meet and spend time with the locals who are very welcoming and eager to share their culture and traditions.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a community house.

Location: With 4000 inhabitants, Gapé-Avélébé has three neighborhoods. Situated in South-west part of Maritime Region in the district of Zio, the village has a particular diversity of culture with its welcoming people. The traditional festivity in the village is one of the occasions of meeting with the villagers.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Creating an educational garden and promoting organic farming in Kpalime
Kpalime, Kloto          July 29 - August 18, 2015

Volunteer project: The objective of this project is to promote organic farming by adopting integrated farming system, based on ecological principles that respect nature and all living things. It is also to promote balanced and responsible consumption of local products. The volunteers will create an educational garden where people of Kpalime will be able to engage in hands-on activities.

Under the guidance and supervision of a technician, the volunteers will work on the following tasks:
- Drafting a written plan for the educational garden and drawing a model;
- Preparing the ground according to the plan;
- Creating the garden: planting vegetables, arranging plants;
- Maintenance of the garden.
Several workshops will be set up to promote intercultural exchange and education for responsible and balanced consumption. There will be also meetings with local producers.

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 a community house.

Location: Located 120 km north-west from Lomé, Kpalimé is the perfect place for nature lovers who wish to discover beautiful mountainous landscapes, tropical flora and many natural waterfalls. Kpalimé is also a center of arts and crafts, with many artists and craftsmen calling it home.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Providing care and social activities for mentally challenged children in Kpalime
Kpalime, Kloto          July 31 - August 20, 2015

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 a community house.

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 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Supplemental education program for school students
Kouma Adame, Kloto          August 13 - September 2, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is about teaching students in primary and secondary school in the subjects in which they experience difficulties (Mathematics, Sciences, English and French). The project allows the participating students to be up to date in the new school year. It encourages the younger children to begin socializing at school and learn syllabification, writing and counting. These supporting courses are especially important for the children in rural areas who have fewer opportunities than those from the cities. That is why the rural communities are the privileged targets for these activities.
The project aims to improve the knowledge and the abilities of the students in primary and secondary school for a better school performance.

Educational materials will be at the volunteers' disposal and you will be introduced to the educational program of the country. Essentially, you will play the role of a primary or secondary school teacher. In the primary level, you will intervene in French (reading, writing, conjugation, written and oral expression, etc.) and in numeracy. In the secondary level, you will give classes in a subject of your choice (English, French, Math, Physics). You will also organize socio-cultural activities with the children and teenagers.

Leisure time: The mountains around Kouma Adame offer variety of exciting activities: trekking, visiting mountain villages, waterfalls and bat-caves, and discovering their remarkable history. You'll also have parties and cultural exchange activities with the local people.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a community house.

Location: Kouma Adame is situated 774 m above sea level and 20 km from Kpalimé. It enjoys a fresh cool climate and rich vegetation. The population is about 2000; most of them are farmers and very young. Getting to Kpalimé, the closest city and other villages of the canton of Kouma is easy. If you like hiking in the mountains, you will not be disappointed.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Summer school for rural children
Kpele-Goudeve, Kloto          August 13 - September 2, 2015

Volunteer project: The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge of primary and secondary school students and to help them prepare for the new school year. The volunteers will make sure the students stay on track with course material. These classes are an important support for students from rural areas who have fewer opportunities than the urban kids.

The international volunteers will teach primary and secondary school students in the subjects in which they have more difficulty. They will intervene in French (reading, writing, conjugation, written and oral expression, etc.); numeracy with primary school kids; and will provide courses in a subject of their choice (English, French, math, physics) for the secondary school students.

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

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a community house.

Location: Kpele-Goudeve is situated 22 km from Kpalimé. With 4500 inhabitants, the village has a lot of sights as well as in all the surrounding villages in the Kloto region. 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 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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