All our programs in Togo include free weekend sightseeing
(City tours) and French lessons. you don't want to miss this opportunity. Meet the wonderful people of Togo!
Increase in death rate through HIV/AIDS, abuse of parents/children, unemployment and poverty have rendered many children in Togo streets kids, needy kids and orphans. STAESA shares in your dreams to touch the lives of these kind of children in Africa.
Come with us to Lome and its surrounding villages to put smiles on the faces of these children. STAESA's orphanage program provides a great opportunity to work very closely with children aged months old to 17 years. There are lots of works here for everyone to do. The orphanage needs more volunteers to come and help. The big smiles and love from these children towards the volunteers leave lots of memories and making it difficult for them to part from them at the end of the program. The volunteers wish they could stay longer with these children. It is really a life changing experience.
Resources are really in short supply here, but it’s amazing to see the children always happy and getting involved in anything fun! Volunteers are allowed to bring children books, toys, old shoes, t-shirts, soccer balls and old computers for the orphanage. Language is not a barrier on the program since most of the staff speak English and the children are also learning how to read and write in English.
The program also includes renovation work in both the school and in the orphanage (fixing the floors, fixing the windows, fixing the doors, land scaping, painting the class rooms). Project location very safe, Communities are very welcoming and the children are very lovely to work with. There are lot of benefits awaits you for joining us. Contact us for these benefits.
You don't need qualification or previous experience to join us. You will have the opportunity to meet and work with other foreign volunteers. Everyone from the age of 15 can join us. Students, families, corporates, groups, individuals and aged are welcome to join us and touch lives.
Are you looking for a program where you get direct contact with the children? STAESA program provides you that. From the day of your arrival till you leave back home you can never have enough of these amazing children.
Other Information and locations!
As a volunteer you will be working full time at STAESA Kids program. The kids include orphans, street kids, need kids, poor kids. There is really great need at the orphanage you will be working.
The locations of our programs are well picked, very safe environments, where you will be placed and work directly with the kids from the age of 0 to 17 years. The total population of the kids in the orphanage is 40 and above. The program provides an opportunity for you to work directly with the kids and the staff at orphanage.
Lome - Near Ghana ( The English speaking country) and the ocean
Kpalime - Near the amazing waterfalls and range of mountains. Very beautiful landscape. Its green year round.
Working hours and reponsibilities!
Generally volunteers work from 08:00.-12:00 a.m. and 13:00-16:00 p.m. However, your exact working hours are adjusted according to the activities at your work place. You´re permitted to take a day off once in a while. Week-ends are free time for all our volunteers. The orphanage is open during the weekends also. you can choose to go and help if you want.
Your schedules in the orphanage include the following below and many more that will be discussed with you upon arrival.
1 Teach Basic conversational French, Alphabets, Numbers, Face painting, Coloring in the books, clay work, and art work on the wall.
2 Any indoors and outdoors games, football, volley ball, basketball, music and dancing, helping in the kitchen to prepare food for the kids, renovation work, fixing the doors, windows, doors. health education, Entertainment. You can also help on the farm.
Other Information and locations!
When does the project run? All year round
How long are the placements? 2wks min-1y max
Any requirements? No experience
Working hours? Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Name of the airport? Lomé-Tokoin Airport also knows as Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport
Types of accommodations? Host family, Independent, on site
Accommodation Location? Very close to the projects
Accommodation facilities? water/light/bed/toilet/bathroom, kitchen,
How to get to Work By public transport or motor bike
Cost of transportation(return) Less than one dollar
Laundry? Self laundry by hands
Is Food provided? Yes! food is provided
How many meals per day? Three meals (Lunch mostly at work)
Visa required? Yes! Visa is required. You can also obtain visa upon arrival. Contact us for more information.
Cost of visa? Volunteers can call the embassy
Types of visa? Tourist visa (Multiple visa)
Local sim card? Local sim card is provided
Internet: Internet modem provided and return after the program.
Vaccinations or medications? Yellow Fever (Compulsory) Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria are not necessary though. We recommend that you contact a travel clinic near you at least 3 months before you plan to travel.
Safety in Togo
No worries!! It is said that Togo is not safe due to an increase in violent crime, social unrest and politically motivated demonstrations. That is why we are here for you in Togo to protect and give you maximum security and safety. We take the safety and security of all our volunteers very seriously and make sure our volunteers are safe from the first day they arrive till the last day they get into the plane back home. You are perfectly safe in Togo volunteering with us alone or in a group. There are lots of fun here!
But to be honest, Just like in Ghana, the most annoying issue will be all the unwanted attention that you will receive as a single young, white female or male traveler. A lot of this attention will be preferential, with people being extra kind or extra helpful. But you will also receive countless marriage proposals daily. Never be rude and just accept it as the playful offer that it is intended to be. If you are not married, you can avoid a lot of this by telling unwanted suitors about your " husband" and the "three children" you have with him.
Working hours and reponsibilities!
Just like the people of Ghana, general people are extremely friendly in Togo as well and you will be humbled by their hospitality. But, there is real poverty in Togo and you will soon realize that you are far richer and more fortunate than most local people you meet. You will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars, but try and take the time to meet ordinary people going about their day to day business too. The experience will be worth it. Don't be afraid to step out of your house, just take some precautions.
Weather in Togo
The climate of Togo is tropical and there are two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons. North of Togo experiences its rainy season from March to November while South Togo experiences its rainy season from April to mid-November. The tropical climate of Togo is relatively mild for its latitude. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows in north-east Togo from December to March, lowering the humidity and causing hot days and cool nights in northern part of Togo
When to go
You can join us anytime in the year! Anytime in the month! Anytime in the week
Kind of clothes you should pack for your trip to Togo
Jeans and Trousers: blue jeans, cotton trousers, khaki trousers, Light Shirts and Blouses: T-Shirts, short sleeve shirts and long sleeved shirts to protect you from insects and even sunburn. Shorts also for your free days. Socks and underwear: Once again it is best that they are made from natural fabrics since again it is the heat and this way you have less of a chance for heat rash. Shoes: Good leather shoes, sandals, and a lightweight pair of Hiking boots if you will doing some hiking.
Kind of luggage you should take
It all begins with the right suitcases or suitcase. It also depends where you coming from. If you are coming from North America you get to bring 2 suitcases and 50 pounds each, from Europe it is almost half that. It means one has to be practical and take in mind what your plans are once you arrive in Africa, where you will be going and what you will be doing while here.
Keep all essentials like the pill, malaria pills, essential medicine, debit and credit cards, camera and your toothbrush in your hand luggage. Also put one set of clothing if the unthinkable happens that your luggage is temporarily lost. Money Belt: One that will allow you to carry your passport also. Do not wear your money on the outside of your clothing.