Volunteer in Togo

Building a youth center
Adeta, Kpele       2 projects of 3 wks in September and October

Volunteer project: The community of Adéta does not have a single place where the youth could meet to exchange knowledge and share leisure activities. The objective of the project is the creation of a center that can host seminars, training sessions and celebrations for the youth.

The volunteers will help with cleaning up the site; making and collection of bricks; collection of sand; building the walls, etc.

Leisure time:
- Tourist sites to visit: The Kpimé Falls, the Danyi Plateau (visit to the Monastery of Dzogbegan and its circular wooden chapel), Mt Kloto (where it is possible to get a glimpse of Lake Volta in Ghana), the village of Kuma Konda and the château Viale, Mt Agou (the highest summit in Togo).
Possibility to discover also Northern Togo (the large towns like Atakpamé, Sokodé and Kara, the Aledjo Fault (where the road passes through the rock), the region of Tamberma, the Niamtougou falls…) and the Nangbeto Dam;
- Cultural activities, percussion (Djembé) and dancing around the fire;
- Day with an African family: a day of immersion in the life of an African family organized around the following: animism, installation of a chief in place, traditional marriage, a day in the field.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in dormitories at the project site.

Location: Kpélé – Adéta is a town of around 15 000 inhabitants. The offices of the Prefecture Kpélé are established here. It is situated on the crossroads Kpalimé – Atakpamé, Notsé – Danyi. There is a Post Office, a police station, and a medical – social center. The nearest hospital is the American Baptist hospital, some 4 kms from Adéta.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 230 Euro
Airport pickup and transport to the project site is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 2 - September 23, 2016
September 26 - October 17, 2016

Educational support and HIV/AIDS awareness
Essè-Zogbédzi, Yoto       2 projects of 3 wks from September to November

Volunteer project: The youth in rural areas is facing serious problems related not only to primary health care, but also unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. Financial resources are lacking, but we have to make our modest contribution to try to resolve these plagues that seriously hinder the development of the community, which far from cities, is somewhat forgotten. In addition, the schools and colleges are facing shortage of teachers.

With this project, we aim to provide assistance to students through various educational activities. The volunteers' duties consist of:
- Organizing thematic awareness-raising sessions, sketches, forum theater, discussions, debates on HIV/AIDS and contraception. Distribution of condoms and leaflets.
- Assisting teachers in the school, organizing refresher courses for students at home, helping them with their homework and research in the library.

Leisure time:
- Tourist sites to visit: The cement factory in the town of Tabligo, the town of Aneho on the road to Benin, a trip to Togoville or to Lake Togo; a pool for sacred crocodiles 22 km from Togoville and a pool for hippopotamus at Lacata.
Possibility to discover also Northern Togo (the large towns like Atakpamé, Sokodé and Kara, the Aledjo Fault (where the road passes through the rock), the region of Tamberma, the Niamtougou falls…) and the Nangbeto Dam with its hippopotamus pool;
- Artistic activities, learning the techniques of batik and sculpture;
- Cultural activities, percussion (Djembé) and dancing around the fire;
- Day with an African family: a day of immersion in the life of an African family organized around the following: animism, installation of a chief in place, traditional marriage, a day in the field.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in dormitories at the project site.

Location: Essè-Zogbédzi is a village in Yoto prefecture. The population of the village is around 2 700 inhabitants. There’s two primary schools, a college, a market and a small health center. The main activity is agriculture.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 230 Euro
Airport pickup and transport to the project site is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 13 - October 4, 2016
November 5 - November 26, 2016

Organic gardening in Koutammakou
Nadoba, Koutammakou       September 20 - October 4, 2016

Volunteer project: Koutammakou is a living cultural landscape inhabited by the Batammariba people, whose remarkable earth tower houses have become a symbol of Togo.
This project aims to create an organic garden, which will produce vegetables and teach young people to do gardening at home. This is also a way of dealing with nutritional problems in the community.

The project participants will be involved in the following activities:
- Collecting compost, ashes and organic waste from the village,
- Learning how to make organic fertilizer,
- Introduction to organic agriculture along the banks of the dam,
- Educating parents on the production of vegetables and organic food,
- Educating students on the production and consumption of vegetables, especial organic ones.

Leisure time:
- Tourist sites to visit: A walking tour to discover the Koutoummakou, visiting tatas and the fetish tree.
Possibility to discover Southern Togo: excursion to the Mt Agou (the highest summit in Togo, 986 m), the town of Aneho on the road to Benin, a boat trip on Lake Togo to Togoville. 22 km from Togoville, there is the lake of sacred crocodiles and a site where phosphate is mined, and at Lacata there’s a hippopotamus lake.
- Cultural activities, percussion (Djembé) and dancing around the fire.
- Day with an African family: a day of immersion in the life of an African family organized around the following: animism, installation of a chief in place, traditional marriage, a day in the field.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in dormitories at the project site.

Location: Koutammakou, Batammariba country spreads over 500 sq.km and comprises of 4 cantons: Nadoba (Koutammakou), Koutougou, Warengo and Agbonté. Nadoba is some 620 km from Lomé in Northern Togo. The site was listed as World Patrimony of UNESCO in 2004. Benin is 4 km from Nadoba.
The Batammariba are farmers and hunters. They live in earth houses called Tatas with a very special architecture, built in the form of a castle ("château").
The language spoken by the Batammariba is called Ditammari. The principal belief of the Batammariba is animalism. The fetishes, which they adore and are to be found at the entrance to the Tatas take diverse forms. According to the form, they can represent simultaneously their ancestors with whom they are in communication, major exploits of hunters, the members of the family still living, different ceremonies.
In the case of the Batammariba, the living have a very deep link with the dead. In fact, they believe that every living being owes his life to breath of a dead person who wished for him to join him in the next Kingdom. It is possible to say a kind or reincarnation. The rites associated with mourning are linked to a return to life and the secret names of the dead hide a vital energy.
Traditional dances are often associated with these ceremonies.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 230 Euro
Airport pickup and transport to the project site is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Christmas and New Year's camp for children
Adeta, Kpele       December 14, 2016 - January 6, 2017

Volunteer project: The objective of the project is to help children learn about other people, cultures and lifestyles, as well as to rejoice during the New Year celebrations and offer them a chance to express themselves in new ways. Tutoring sessions will be organized to allow students who need it to catch up. So the children will have a fun and useful holiday over Christmas and New Years.

Volunteer tasks:
- Supervising the children in various activities and organizing a program of games, arts and crafts activities, sketches;
- School support;
- Organizing a day of activities for the children for the end of year celebrations.

Leisure time:
- Tourist sites to visit: The Kpimé Falls, the Danyi Plateau (visit to the Monastery of Dzogbegan and its circular wooden chapel), Mt Kloto (where it is possible to get a glimpse of Lake Volta in Ghana), the village of Kuma Konda and the château Viale, Mt Agou (the highest summit in Togo).
Possibility to discover also Northern Togo (the large towns like Atakpamé, Sokodé and Kara, the Aledjo Fault (where the road passes through the rock), the region of Tamberma, the Niamtougou falls…) and the Nangbeto Dam;
- Artisanal activities, learning the techniques of batik and sculpture;
- Cultural activities, percussion (Djembé) and dancing around the fire;
- Day with an African family: a day of immersion in the life of an African family organized around the following: animism, installation of a chief in place, traditional marriage, a day in the field.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in dormitories at the project site.

Location: Kpélé – Adéta is a town of around 15 000 inhabitants. The offices of the Prefecture Kpélé are established here. It is situated on the crossroads Kpalimé – Atakpamé, Notsé – Danyi. There is a Post Office, a police station, and a medical – social center. The nearest hospital is the American Baptist hospital, some 4 kms from Adéta.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 230 Euro
Airport pickup and transport to the project site is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Long-term projects in Togo