It’s our great pleasure to present Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteering in Togo program. Visit, Volunteer and Travel in Togo with Go Volunteer Africa and get involved in a meaningful, challenging and ultimately rewarding experience in one of Africa’s most vibrant and enchanting cultures.
Togo is a beautiful country with many great volunteer and travel opportunities for those looking to travel and give back a helping hand. Our volunteering in Togo program allow our volunteers the opportunity to work alongside local and interesting people that help ensure their communities develop. Working with very willing disadvantaged communities also forms part of the make-up of these incredible life enhancing volunteer projects in Togo.
Volunteering in Togo to serve communities in need gives you an opportunity to join our volunteer projects that benefits local communities while immersing yourself in the local culture. One of the best ways to really get under the skin of any destination is to actually cover a large amount of ground during your travels. Go where very few get to go and join one of our Togo weekend breathtaking tours.
There are many different volunteer opportunities in Togo to choose from. You can support early childhood development program, teach English at a local school, join our environment conservation efforts, participate in our sports development program, gain medical experience to improve your resume through an internship at a local hospital or improve your French speaking skills through practice. We will match your skills and expectations with those of your host project to ensure your placement is a professionally, as well as a personally rewarding experience.
Most of our projects are based in Kpalimé a city in the Plateaux Region of Togo, 120 km north of Lomé and 15 km from the Ghanaian border. This place feels like another world from the rest of Togo. Hidden among the forested hills of the cocoa and coffee region, it offers some of Togo’s best scenery and hiking and a lovely waterfall. It’s also a busy place thanks to its proximity to the Ghanaian border and an important and lively market.
There will plenty of free time to explore the city. Taste all Togo’s delicious foods and our team in Togo is there to support you 24/7 by answering any questions you have and will guide you throughout your trip. The people in Togo are friendly and welcoming and the country is extremely beautiful.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN TOGO
Togo, officially the Togolese Republic (French: République Togolaise), is a sovereign state in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where its capital Lomé is located.
Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa, with a population of approximately 9.7 million. Togo is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. Togo is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, whose economy depends highly on agriculture, with a climate that provides good growing seasons.
INTERESTING QUICK FACTS ABOUT TOGO:
- Togolese carry everything on their heads – one banana, a fully-assembled ceiling fan, up to 300 eggs, firewood, a big basket of chickens, or a 5- gallon pan of water.
- You are expected to bargain for everything you purchase at market. You should offer about one-half of the first price quoted by the vendor.
- Togo’s traditional religions stress fetishism and idolatry. Ancestor worship is common, along with the worship of snakes, trees, rainbows, fire, etc.
- Worn-out tires are recycled into sandals, toys or fuel for smoking meat (love that burnt-rubber flavor!
- Togo is the world’s 4th largest producer of phosphate.
- The green stripes in Togo’s flag symbolise hope and agriculture.
- Greetings include a handshake and verbal “Hello” in French (Bonjour), Ewe (Woezo-lo!), Kabiye (Alafia-we) or another tribal language.
- If someone older than you is carrying heavy stuff, as a sign of respect you should take it from them immediately. Don’t leave them carrying it.
- Fufu is a traditional food item of Togo is made from yam. The yam is first boiled and mashed to be made into dough. Dips and sauces of various flavors are used as side dish with fufu.
Togo culture is highlighted by its prominent festivals, out of which Evala is the traditional fighting festival that last for 10 days at a stretch. This festival is celebrated with a lot of pomp and joy by the native people and it showcases the ancestry of Togo culture.
Togo's culture reflects the influences of its many ethnic groups, the largest and most influential of which are the Ewe, Mina, Tem, Tchamba and Kabre. Despite the influences of Christianity and Islam, over half of the people of Togo follow native animistic practices and beliefs.
While the official language is French, many other languages are spoken in Togo, particularly those of the Gbe family. Togo uses the the West African CFA franc and is the currency of eight independent states in West Africa including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
Capital: Lome (Population: 1,570,283)
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF) $1 = 585CFA / £1 = 741CFA (2019)
Population: 9,700,000 (approx)
Official languages: French
Area: 56,785sq km
International Calling Code: +228
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
If you prefer the road less traveled, Go Volunteer Africa has a perfect destination for you: Togo! Even though Togo it’s exceptionally beautiful, and the people here are super friendly –it’s not part of the tourist circuit like it neighboring Ghana.
And that’s precisely what makes it ideal for those who prefer to explore places off the beaten track! Its great diversity of landscapes ranges from lakes and palm-fringed beaches along the Atlantic coastline to the rolling forested hills in the centre; heading further north, the mantle of lush forest is replaced by the light-green and yellowy tinges of savannah.
Togo is probably one of the nicest places in Western Africa. Roads are pretty good, distances small, beaches sandy and white, people friendly, hills and mountains waiting to be explored. The capital city, Lomé is an excellent place to start your trip. Lots of daytrips are arranged by Go Volunteer Africa.
Togo is an excellent playground for hikers – there's no better ecofriendly way to experience the country's savage beauty than on foot. Kpalime (Go Volunteer Africa’s base of operation) is a beautiful hilly area perfect for trekking and hiking. In Togo,you will fall in love with colors, sights, sounds, and tastes. Though it is one of the smallest countries in Africa, Togo is proof that small is better.
Go Volunteer Africa placements in Togo are combined with superb tours and vacation adventures. Togo is an ideal destination for anyone looking for somewhere to volunteer in Africa for a short or long stay. Go Volunteer Africa volunteer projects in Togo are perfect if you want to do something more than sightseeing and would like to see more than the average tourist.
VOLUNTEERING IN TOGO QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 6 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major location being Kpalimé
- Accommodation available at host families and volunteer guest houses
- We host over 30 volunteers every month across Togo
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
As a volunteer with Go Volunteer Africaa, you will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people and the environment. Volunteering in Togo and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Togo's white sandy beaches. There is a lot to see and do in Togo.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
TOGO VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport in Lomé.
A member of staff from our local partner organization in Togo will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family in Kpalimé which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous regional and international. Togo has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN TOGO
When you choose to volunteer in Togo with us, you will be living in Kpalimé in Togo. Kpalimé is a city in the Plateaux Region of Togo, 120 km north of Lomé and 15 km from the Ghanaian border. It is the administrative capital of Kloto Prefecture. Kpalimé has a population of 75,084, making it the fourth-biggest town in Togo, after Lomé, Sokodé and Kara. In town is a 1913 German-built church with a tall steeple. A craft center in nearby Kloto features traditional crafts such as woodcarving and batik. To the east, Mount Agou has trails and views across to Ghana. Northwest, on the Ghanaian border, Missahohé Forest is known for its butterflies.
Go Volunteer Africa's volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. Volunteers in Togo are housed at either, our in-country Coordinator’s home, host family or volunteers’ house, depending on the project site. All accommodation environments allows volunteers to meet other travelers and to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
The accommodations of course are clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African and western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The accommodation is always equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets. Life at the accommodations facilities is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry. The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes, using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically your diet will consist of rice, bread, cassava, Ablo, Gbomo Dessi, sweet-potatoes, beans, noodles, banana with vegetables such as cabbage, avocado, spinach and eggplant. Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarkets in town.
The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.
Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Togo lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend beach holidays. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas and Work Permits: The Togolese Republic, a member of the African Union and Economic Community of West African States allows visitors to obtain a visa on arrival in Togo unless they if come from one of the visa exempt countries. (Citizens of several African countries do not require a visa to enter Togo, except where there is a reciprocal visa requirement for Togolese nationals). Alternatively they may obtain a visa from one of the Togolese diplomatic missions before arrival (we strongly advise so). Citizens of most other countries are urged to obtain a visa prior to entry to Togo to avoid any possible inconvenience at point of entry in Togo. Volunteers need a Tourist Visa to enter Togo. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months with at least one empty page.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.