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!
We think every child must be educated. However the situation is different in Togo. Not only do the children lack classroom blocks to study, there are also few teachers to reach out to these children in the communities in Togo. Together we can help to educate these children who could otherwise be refused education.
STAESA's teaching program in Togo provides a great opportunity to work very closely with primary schools, high schools and vocational institutions in Lome and its surrounding villages. The learning conditions in these villages are very poor. In some villages there is no classrooms hence the children learn under trees.
The program allows volunteers/interns to get direct contact with the children to share their knowledge with these children and make an impact in their lives. Often volunteers/interns are provided with independence accommodation or placed with a host family who lives very close to the schools.
Volunteers/interns will teach both basic and conversational French, English, Maths and science. Other subjects can also be taught if you have knowledge or experience. There is an orientation regarding how to go about teaching in the school and a curriculum is also provided to our volunteers before they start teaching.
Get closer to children in Togo to have great insight into the culture of Togo. This is very interesting program with lots of fun working with children. The total population of a particular class is 30 to 40 kids.
The project location is very safe, Communities are very welcoming and the children are very lovely to work with. Volunteers are given a curriculum to study before they are allowed to teach. There is always a mentor who comes around the class to help and make sure teaching method are properly followed by the volunteers. STAESA’s teaching program is run in both rural and urban areas in Togo. There are lot of benefits awaits you for joining us. Contact us for these benefits.
Other Information and locations!
As a volunteer you will be working full time at STAESA Kids program. The kids include orphans, street kids, needy kids, poor kids. There is really great need at the school 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 5 to 17 years.
The total population of the children in a particular class is 35 to 40. The program provides an opportunity for you to work directly with the kids and the staff at school. You can never have enough of these children. They are so amazing and smart. They just want to learn. This is the program you can really give back to the community.
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, work on particular skills (e.g Personal hygiene, counting money, math and computer lessons) with student or small group of students, help in the teaching of subjects including life skills and science subjects
2 Tell or read stories related to lessons, help students who need remedial work, help students catch up on missed work, provide help with writing assignments, field trips, help in organizing presentations to class (e.g., safety lessons from police officer, dental care lessons from dentist)
3 Assist in planning other special classroom days.
Other activities: Construction of classrooms block, construction of toilet, construction library and renovation work on the existing classrooms block (fixing windows, fixing doors, floor concreting, painting, art works, electrical works and plumbing works)Helping in the kitchen to prepare breakfast and lunch, helping in the school farm, HIV/AIDS club program, Environmental club and fund raising activities( for school feeding activities, free school uniform and free school books)
Other Information and locations!
When does the project run? All year round
How long are the placements? 2wks minimum and 1y maximum Any requirements? No previous experience
Working hours? Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:pm
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 to onto the program
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.