At a glance
- Work alongside other French speaking teenagers and shadow doctors in a clinical setting. Learn how to diagnose and treat many different diseases and conditions.
- During outreaches, you’ll treat minor wounds, and measure blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
- You’ll also help raise awareness of disease and how to prevent it by making presentations on common health issues.
- You’ll live with a local host family who will welcome you with open arms; this will be your home away from home.
- Join social and cultural activities as well as weekend sightseeing trips
During school breakSee Dates
You must be fluent in French to join this project
Your work will be split into three areas:
Observe the work of qualified doctors as they treat patients in a local clinic
You will do observation work in a clinic setting. You’ll shadow doctors and nurses as they go about their day-to-day activities. You’ll watch them consult and treat patients, and complete follow-up consultations with previous patients. This will give you a better idea of what it will be like as a practicing doctor.
We encourage you to ask questions and take notes, so you can learn as much as possible from observing. You will see conditions such as typhoid and malaria on almost a daily basis and learn about medical issues that are uncommon in your home country.
Assist professional medical staff as they provide free health checks during community outreaches
Most of your time will be spent working at medical outreaches in communities and schools. This is particularly important as certain topics like sexual education are still considered as taboo and rarely provided in Togo. You’ll be involved in more hands-on work during these outreaches. These include:
- Dressing wounds
- Carrying out health checks, like measuring blood sugar and blood pressure levels
- Giving malaria tests
- Supporting HIV/AIDS centres
- Making presentations on disease prevention.
Explore Togo with other high school students who have similar interests to you
You’ll spend everyday working and traveling alongside other teenagers with an interest in medicine.
When you’re not working, your supervisors will ensure there are plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with weekend trips. You’ll explore forests full of butterflies and have a guided tour of the mountains of Kouma Konda. You’ll also visit Womé waterfall and learn about the country’s arts and crafts. You’ll sample authentic Togolese food and haggle with traders at their local markets.
Where in Togo will I be working?
You’ll work in and around Togo’s capital city of Lomé. Here you’ll visit clinics and communities around the region. This will provide a great insight into different communities.
Lomé is a great place to live and work. You’ll stay with a local host family who will be your home away from home, and you will travel on weekends, seeing more of this incredible country
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main goal of this project is to give you the opportunity to learn and gain practical medical work experience.
You’ll learn by observing doctors and nurses on their rounds. You’ll see firsthand what their day-to-day work involves, which may help you decide if a medical career is the right fit for you.
You’ll get practical experience working on outreaches. In Togo, basic healthcare services are often unavailable for people in rural, under-resourced areas. They either can’t afford treatment or live too far away from hospitals and clinics. We go into these communities to provide free, basic medical care.
We’ll teach you basic medical skills, like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels. You’ll use these skills to help patients. This is a great way to give back, and demonstrate your commitment to medicine at the same time.
Gain medical work experience in Togo and help bring healthcare to communities in need, while building your medical knowledge
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns 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.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Food and Accommodation
You’ll stay with a local host family in Lomé, Togo’s capital city. Togolese families are famous for their generous hospitality, and pride in their home country. You’ll be able to get to know your new host family, learning about their history and culture, as well as sharing your own.
Your host family will provide you with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Togo is famous for its delicious cuisine, so you’ll be able to sample lots of traditional dishes, as well as a few Western meals too! If you’re interested in food and cooking, you might even be able to help cook some dishes, learning some tips and tricks from your host family.
On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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