English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Togo
- Placement locations: Lomé
- Types of schools: Primary, Secondary
- Age of students: 3 - 17
- Class sizes: 20 – 80
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, French, Science, Geography, History, Maths)
- Extra-curricular roles: After-school clubs (language, human rights and drama), sports, homework help and remedial classes for slow learners
- 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 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Prior Teaching Experience Required
You can gain work experience teaching in secondary schools in Togo. No TEFL or other formal teaching qualification is required. Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break or holiday you will have a role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
The impact you have on the lives of your students will be long-lasting. You will also be part of a much wider volunteer network, which is making a really positive contribution to the communities in which we work.
Some Background on Togo
In Togo, both the students and staff speak a mixture of French and Ewe, the local tribal Volta Region language. Speaking some basic French or taking the opportunity to learn or improve your French during your time in Togo is a good idea as most people do not speak English.
With little funding for new classrooms and few new teachers being employed, schools in Togo are in crisis. Although the existing teachers work tirelessly, large class sizes and a lack of facilities means that teaching can be a challenge. However, all our volunteers report that the students truly want to learn and the local teachers are extremely supportive. Teaching here is an unforgettable experience.
Teaching Placements in Togo
You will be placed in a secondary school in the city of Lomé. Characterised by bare concrete classrooms with no glass in the brick-latticed windows, the schools may be large but they are not well equipped. They look rudimentary from the outside and often lack even the most basic facilities. Your main resource will be a blackboard, a piece of chalk and most importantly yourself.
You will start off as a teaching assistant and once you have found your feet you can often take over the class. However, the local teacher will always be on hand for additional support.
English Curriculum and the Opportunity to Teach French
You'll generally be asked to take the timetabled English classes for a range of ages within the school. You will have a curriculum to follow and the local staff will help you with planning your classes. Your encouragement, praise and some fun lessons are often all that are needed to spark an interest in the language and a desire to try harder. Volunteers who speak good enough French can also get involved in French language classes.
Participate in Teaching Workshops
The Projects Abroad team organise regular workshops that will provide you with an overview of the educational system in Togo and the background of the school where you’re working. You will receive help regarding lesson planning and ideas for games and activities to include at your Teaching placement. You will also have the chance to attend a more general inter-cultural workshop which provides additional information about the Togolese culture and how this relates to your work.
Opportunity for Extracurricular Involvement
Because of the heat, school finishes for most students at midday. In many schools volunteers have set up popular English clubs which run for an hour once a week for each year group after the main school day has ended. The clubs give you a chance to move away from the main school curriculum and enjoy debates, drama, songs and games with the children. The clubs help to increase the students’ enthusiasm for languages and even persuade some students to keep up their English studies into further education.
Options during School Holidays
During the summer holidays from July to mid-September volunteers run a popular summer school programme during which they teach English to the students and incorporate other fun activities like drama or sport.
Combine with a Football Coaching Project
If you are interested in sports, particularly football you could also help to coach the school football team or combine your Teaching project with a Football Coaching project. Alternatively, after a hard day's work you may just want to go and spend a few hours lying on the beach with other volunteers.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Togo Teaching Management Plan.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.