Public Health & French in Togo
High School Specials for 15-18 Year Olds
- Placement location: Lomé
- Types of placement: Medical Outreach (multiple locations)
- Accommodation: Host Families or Guesthouse
- Age Requirements: 15-18 years old
Volunteer on the Public Health & French High School Special and help local communities by participating in medical outreaches and start learning French or improve what you already know. This is a great opportunity to boost your practical medical knowledge and skills and experience living and working in a different country.
This project is in the capital city of Lomé, a melting pot of French and African cultures. Around Lomé, there are many rural communities located far away from clinics and hospitals, and people don’t have access to the healthcare services and treatment they need.
As a volunteer, you will screen patients for health problems and illnesses during outreaches, and observe local medical professionals as they diagnose and recommend treatment. In addition to outreaches, get clinical experience by observing medical professionals at a local clinic.
Your French lessons with a qualified local teacher in the afternoons will help you improve your communication with patients. Some classes will focus on medical terminology that you can use at outreaches and you will also learn a wide range of other French vocabulary.
Here are the activities you will get involved with during your time in Togo:
- Work alongside medical professionals during outreach campaigns.
- Run general screening tests, such as taking blood sugar levels, calculating body mass index, and measuring blood pressure.
- Attend 20 hours of French classes with a professional teacher who will adjust lessons according to your skill level.
- Observe medical professionals at a clinic once a week.
When your work for the day is finished, spend time with your host family and practice the French you learned over a traditional, home-cooked meal.
Our staff also have a lot planned for you when you are not volunteering. Learn to do local crafts, move to the rhythm of djembe drums during traditional music and dance lessons, and learn some basic vocabulary in the indigenous local language, Ewe! Over the weekend, our staff take you and the other volunteers on a trip to Kaplime, a mountain village surrounded by cocoa plantations. Here you will explore there waterfalls of Womé and learn about a more traditional way of life in West Africa.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. If you want to know more about their achievements, read our 2017 High School Specials Impact Report.