Volunteer in Togo

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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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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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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Long-term projects in Togo