International Development Volunteer Projects in Togo
- Placement location: Lomé
- Role: Working alongside a local NGO on a wide range of tasks.
- TYPE OF PLACEMENT: Office-based work, with some travel
- Requirements: None, though some French is desirable
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Togo, along with many countries in West Africa, faces a number of social and economic challenges that hamper its development. Local and international NGOs are working to help educate and equip local communities to deal with these challenges, and volunteers with an interest in international development issues are needed to support the many programmes and activities being run.
Volunteering on an International Development Project in Togo
Typical tasks that volunteers would be expected to assist with include writing reports, project planning, coordinating local volunteers, creating training materials, fundraising and marketing, and general administrative work.
To make the most of this experience, volunteers will need to take initiative and be proactive, and look for opportunities to contribute to the work of the NGOs.
Volunteers can spend time working with one of several NGOs situated in Lomé, the capital of Togo. You will be able to focus on issues such as:
- HIV/Aids: Join a local grassroots NGO and help it develop new methods for tackling the increasingly high rate of transmission of HIV in Togo. Volunteers can assist with developing action plans, fundraising, creating new awareness campaigns, treatment and educational programmes.
- Community-based initiatives: Volunteers can operate directly within beneficiary communities, visit rural villages to work on awareness campaigns and organise field activities to tackle topics such as the environment, education, health and human rights. International volunteers will get involved in coordinating and training local community volunteers, as well as developing new project ideas.
- Human rights: Volunteers have a unique opportunity to work with a prominent international human rights organisation, joining in their work on awareness campaigns, education and lobbying around human rights issues. You will also be able to select your preferred area of interest.
A conversational level of French would be preferred, though our partners are also eager to receive English-speakers to help with developing training materials and new resources.
This project would particularly suit volunteers with a background in business studies, developmental studies, or in healthcare and human rights. Working hours depend on the field of work chosen and flexibility will be key, but volunteers can expect to work 30-35 hours per week.
Volunteers will stay with a host family for the duration of their placement, which is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture. In your time off, you will have the chance to explore and visit some of the country’s geographical and cultural attractions.