Volunteering in Togo with Projects Abroad
Togo is an exciting, yet unusual place to spend some time on a volunteer project or work experience placement. Our voluntary projects in Togo are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a gap year, career break or as summer work experience while studying.
Volunteers can take part in an Agriculture & Farming, Arts & Crafts, Teaching, Care, Human Rights, Journalism, Medicine & Healthcare and French Language projects.
As a Teaching volunteer you can teach a variety of subjects, including English and French in large primary and secondary schools. Care volunteers help vulnerable children in orphanages, nurseries or care centres for disabled children. Law and Human Rights volunteers can work on a variety of different issues, ranging from children’s and women’s rights, prison conditions, police accountability and electoral transparency.
Our Medicine & Healthcare volunteers work closely with experienced doctors in the fields of nursing, paediatrics, midwifery or dentistry. Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy volunteers work with disabled children and adults. Journalism volunteers choose between working with a newspaper, TV or radio station to help raise awareness about regional and international issues.
Where we are Based in Togo
Projects Abroad is based in Lomé, the capital city, just three hours drive from our larger Accra office across the border in Ghana.
Volunteers stay with local Togolese host families in Lomé, who are famous for their generous hospitality, and pride in their home country.
General Information on Togo
Togo is a narrow slice of land sandwiched between Ghana and Benin in West Africa. At its widest point Togo is just 110 kilometres from east to west. It is a Franco-African melting pot which has beaches, jungles and, by spanning six distinct climatic zones from north to south, a great deal in between.
Although Togo became independent of France in 1960, French influence still exists everywhere with French remaining the first language, although you will hear a host of other tribal dialects spoken across the country. It's not just the language that was influenced - there are boulangeries across the country selling delicious croissants and baguettes!
Travel and Tourism in Togo
You can visit Lomé's clubs and restaurants, to sample African food reputed to be the best in West Africa or try some traditional dancing to frenetic drum beats. Visiting the traditional markets or relaxing on the city’s beaches are also popular ways to spend the weekend.
Travel in and around Togo is cheap and easy, the most common forms of transport being by moto (motorbike) or shared taxi. In the South you will want to visit the tropical lakes and lagoons. In the North you can visit hills, waterfalls and coffee plantations. A sight not to miss is the Tamberma Village - UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Togo is also an excellent starting point for travel around neighbouring West African countries, whether you are interested in discovering the history of mysterious voodoo in Benin or fancy heading west along the coast to Ghana's sandy beaches and haunting slave forts.
Projects available in Togo
Bring much needed support and affection to vulnerable children in orphanages and care centres. From helping with chores, organising games and educational activities, you will have plenty to keep you busy!
Volunteers will work alongside staff at a local NGO, helping people with HIV/AIDS by focusing on awareness programmes, prevention, education and training on HIV for children and adults in the area.
Work within a local NGO’s workshop and learn new arts and crafts from local tradesmen such as pottery, jewellery, print T-shirts and make batik decorations.
Work alongside local staff on worthwhile projects that aim to address and resolve concerns such as children’s rights, child trafficking, women’s rights, prison conditions and police accountability.
Based in the vibrant city of Lomé, choose to work with a newspaper, radio or television station to raise awareness about different regional and international issues.
Taking your Dentistry Elective in a developing country like Togo is sure to be an eye-opening experience. All students will be placed at a big public hospital in Lomé.
The hospitals and clinics of Lomé offer a great environment in which to take a Medicine Elective placement. It is likely you will see a number of conditions rarely seen in your home country.
Dedicated professional staff in Togo will be keen to pass on their knowledge to students on a Midwifery Elective placement. Facilities in the hospital may be more basic than in your home country.
As a student on a Nursing Elective in Togo you will be based in the capital city of Lomé. Your role will include providing vital support to both local medical staff and patients.
Live and work in the fantastic Togolese capital, Lomé. Volunteer on a dental placement and work alongside local staff in the dentistry department of a large public hospital.
Volunteer at a public hospital or private clinic in the Togolese capital city of Lomé. Volunteers with little or no experience may work at a small private clinic - observing consultations and minor surgery.
Volunteer in the maternity department of a hospital in the Togolese capital city of Lomé. You are likely to see a number of births and provide emotional support to the women.
As a volunteer on a Nursing project in Togo you will be based in the capital city of Lomé. Your role will include providing vital support to both local medical staff and patients.
Volunteering on a Physiotherapy project in Togo means you will benefit from working with local staff who provide care without much of the modern equipment available in the West.
If you are looking for a volunteer experience where you really make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people then this project is ideal. You will either be based in an NGO or a school.
Volunteer in the Togolese capital, Lomé and help coach basketball skills and techniques to children and adults.
Work with the Projects Abroad Stars teams to provide support to the dedicated sports coaches, as well as motivate these young players. Your personal skills and knowledge will be put to good use.
Gain valuable teaching experience in a local public or private school, choosing from a variety of subjects including English, French, maths, and running after-school clubs.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement. You can choose from Ewe and French.