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Volunteer opportunities in TOGO

Preserving the intangible cultural heritage of Kouma Apoti
Kouma Apoti, Kloto          July 30 - August 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The objective of this project is conservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of the village of Kouma Apoti through different socio-cultural and artistic activities. This project also aims to help young people bridge the cultural gap and to highlight their traditional culture and artistic talents. The focus will be primarily on the cultural values ​​that the population considers essential to the preservation of its identity.

The project is divided in three phases:
1. Different teams will be established to collect information on:
- rituals (initiations, traditional worship, use of a secret language, divination...);
- traditional dances and music used in ceremonies;
- oral literature (tales, historical tales, mythological stories, proverbs);
The teams will have the opportunity to get first-hand information about traditional practices from the master of ceremony, and will create a book for the youth of the village.
2. In the second phase, volunteers will work with local teenagers, raising their awareness and creating a theatre play including all the information they've gathered about the local traditions.
3. The third phase includes presentation of the theatre play and a traditional music concert where the local community and local authorities will be invited.

Leisure time: The volunteers can take part in walks and meetings with the local people. The people in the village are very friendly and always eager to welcome international volunteers. 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: In a community building in the village.

Location: Kouma Apoti, a rural village in the Kloto prefecture, in the Plateaux Region of Togo

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 131 000 FCFA (about 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
Agou-Gare, Agou          August 2 - August 22, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project aims to promote a culture of non-violence and peace in the communities. The aim of the project is to raise awareness among the community through peace reflections so they 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 present the activities and run a massive awareness campaign. The population, the local authorities and the administration will be invited during the activities and at the end of the workcamp.
To facilitate the realisation 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 community house.

Location: Located 12 km from Kpalimé, the village of Agou-Gare is remarkable, because of its unique geographical location and beautiful landscape. It's close to the highest mountain in Togo - Mount Agou with a height of 986 m (3,235 ft). The population is mainly farmers.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 131 000 FCFA (about 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          August 5 - August 25, 2014

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: 131 000 FCFA (about 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          August 9 - August 29, 2014

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: 131 000 FCFA (about 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 an orphanage and organising activities for kids in Ahepe
Ahepe, Yoto          August 15 - September 4, 2014

Volunteer project: The aim of this international volunteer project is to provide a decent shelter for the needy and orphaned children in the community of Ahepe in the Yoto district of the Maritime Region of Togo.

The volunteers will be involved in the first stage of the orphanage construction: masonry, building the foundation, making bricks, gathering sand, collecting water. Besides the construction work, the volunteers will organise fun activities for the children of the village: dances, singing, painting, theater, storytelling.

Leisure time: Social gatherings with the particularly welcoming people of Ahepe will give you a great insight into their local culture and traditions. You can also go hiking and explore the region.

Language: English and basic French

Accommodation: The group will stay in a community building in Ahepe.

Location: Ahepe is located in the south-east of Togo, perched on a hilltop in the district of Yoto, Maritime region, about 50 km from the capital Lomé. With its 40,000 residents, Ahepe is the largest village in Togo. It's a traditional village with predominantly farming population, who keep the old customs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 131 000 FCFA (about 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
Agou Kebo-Toe, Agou          August 18 - September 7, 2014

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: Agou Kebo-Toe is situated 18 km east of Kpalimé. It is located on the slopes of the highest mountain in Togo with its beautiful landscape with green spaces. The majority of the local population works in agriculture, and you'll see avocado, orange, banana and yam farms.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 131 000 FCFA (about 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 20 - September 10, 2014

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: 131 000 FCFA (about 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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