Togo, or the Togolese Republic, is shaped like a long sliver between the countries of Benin and Ghana in West Africa. Twice the size of Maryland, Togo is tropical and sub-Saharan, and is highly dependent on agriculture for its economy. French is the national language here, although many other local languages, along with indigenous beliefs, are present. Togo gained independence from France as recently as 1960 and is transitioning to democratic rule. Volunteers are guaranteed to see acres of cocoa, cotton and coffee, which generate nearly 40% of the nation’s export earnings. 65% of Togo’s people lead agrarian lifestyles, dependent on the land for their livelihood, and they are made up of 21 ethnic groups. Traditional Togolese music, food and dance are musts for volunteers in this relaxed, beautiful setting.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Togo, you will be hosted by Campagne des Hommes (CdH), ICYE’s partner organization here. Young volunteers started CdH in Togo as a way of learning from and contributing to this diverse people.
Work in a community library in Kpalimé that promotes reading and research opportunities for students and the community of Kpalimé. Volunteers assist with many aspects of the library’s operations, from helping patrons to sorting books. This project is great for volunteers who are innovative, enthusiastic, independent, and love working with children.
Work in the main office of a non-profit that organizes voluntary service placements and social development projects. The office is responsible for the coordination and development of the entire organization’s programs and activities. Volunteers will assist staff working on the voluntary service placement projects. Activities will include visits to the host families or projects, meeting with volunteers, organizing cultural activities, and more.
Volunteers work with teachers to organize physical education classes for youth in Kpalimé or Agou. This Quest is great for volunteers who love sports and working with children. The project aims to support and encourage youth to participate in various physical education and sport activities.
Volunteers work in an early childhood development center or a kindergarten that serves children from under-privileged families. Volunteers support teachers in a range of activities from arts to sports. This project is a great fit for a volunteer who is enthusiastic, motivated, and loves working with children.
Volunteers work with physically and mentally disabled adults and children in local centers and schools. Volunteers will assist with schoolwork and with everyday activities and help residents become more self-sufficient. It is a demanding job, but it is a valuable and rewarding experience.
This is one of the largest markets in Lome, the capital of Togo. Experience the bustling atmosphere and see various musicians playing throughout the market as you look through a wide variety of shops and stands.
Located in Lome, the Independence Monument was built to commemorate Togo’s independence from France in 1956. Pail Ahyi, an artist that greatly contributed to the creation of the monument was also credited with designing the flag of Togo. The Monument is one of Togo’s most popular attractions and it is one of great importance to their history and culture.
This village is the home to the Tammari/Batammatiba, a tribe that is well known for their mud tower homes that they build in their villages. Learn more about this tribe’s historic traditions and Togo’s culture.
Togoville is a small town located in Southern Togo, lying on the northern shore of Lake Togo. In the center of town you will find a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, where she is said to have appeared on November 7th in the early 1970s.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$7,775||$11,175||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$7,775||$11,175||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.