Volunteer teaching children in Togo

Volunteer Work with Children in Togo for Teenagers

Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

At a glance

  • Work alongside other French speaking teenagers to support disadvantaged children.
  • Work at a centre for street children. Give your support to this understaffed NGO.
  • 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.

Start Dates: 

During school break

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks

Ages: 

15-18
You must speak fluent French to join this project


Is a Childcare & Community High School Special in Togo right for me?

This project is perfect for French speaking volunteers. All work will be conducted in French, allowing easy communication with staff and project partners. This will help you integrate within the community more easily and have a more rewarding experience.

You’ll get childcare experience, which could help you with your future career. You’ll also learn important personal skills like teamwork, leadership, and planning. These skills can be applied to any career you pursue. Doing this project will also give you interesting points to talk about in a university application or interview. 

This High School Special is specifically designed to give you as much support as possible, and our staff are always on hand to help. You’ll be part of a group with other French speaking teenagers your age throughout the trip, whether you’re working or sightseeing. You don’t need any previous experience to join. All you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard!

Childcare & Community in Togo runs on fixed dates, so all you need to do is pick the dates that fit your schedule.

Volunteer reads with a child

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Help children learn through play

By encouraging children to learn through play, you’ll support the work of local teachers. Your main focus will be on playing games and running other fun, educational activities. This can include:

  • Reading books
  • Puzzles
  • Drawing and colouring in
  • Arts and crafts  

Your supervisor will have plenty of activities planned for you to do with the children at your placement. But if you’re feeling creative, you’re welcome to come up with your own ideas for lessons, games, and activities.

Community work

You and the other volunteers will work together to make physical improvements at the centre. You can paint rooms and create colourful educational murals. Or, you can help with building desks or playground equipment. You can also make use of coloured cardboard and crayons to make flashcards, posters, or any other educational materials you can think of.

Everything you do is for the purpose of improving the children’s learning and social environment. This is important work, as the kids will continue to benefit from your efforts long after you’ve completed your project.  

Expanding your horizons

On this project, you’ll get to travel to a different country and meet like-minded high school students.

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?

Lomé

You’ll work at a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Togo’s capital city of Lomé.  You’ll be placed here alongside the other volunteers on the trip. 

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 as a group on weekends, seeing more of this incredible country


What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to provide sustainable educational support, care, and protection to disadvantaged children and vulnerable groups.  Through this, we aim to enhance their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.

We work with a centre for street children which aims to look after children and where possible reintegrate them back into family life.

As laid out in our Childcare Management Plan for Togo, we’ve identified the following sustainable goals we hope to achieve with our volunteer childcare project in Togo:

  • Improve hygiene levels
  • Increase emotional support and care
  • Improve the quality of life for street children and abandoned children

You’ll also get to paint a classroom, repair a floor, or build playground equipment. Over the course of your project, you will likely see a community work project through from start to finish. And you’ll leave knowing that you have added something tangible to the students at the centre where you work!


Management plans

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.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. 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.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 917 810 4744 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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