Volunteer French Teaching Projects in Togo
- Placement locations: Lomé
- Types of schools: Secondary schools
- Age of students: 9-17
- Class sizes: 20-80
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant
- REQUIREMENTS: Advanced level of French
- 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
French is the official language of Togo, and as such there is a wide scope for you to get involved in Teaching French to local children. It’s also a fantastic way to gain practical classroom experience, while coming up with creative ways to help students improve their French language skills in a limited-resource setting.
You will mainly teach in public secondary schools in the capital Lomé, with students ranging in age from 9-17. Students and staff speak a mixture of French and the local language Ewe, but only French is permitted in the classrooms. 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.
Because of the heat, school finishes for most students at midday, and then students return for another session in the afternoon. There is also the opportunity to coach extracurricular activities, such as remedial lessons for struggling students, sports, drama or debating – or indeed, any area of interest or skill you might have.
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.
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.