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Volunteer with Children in Togo

General Care Projects
  • Placement locations: Lomé
  • Types of care projects: Care centres, kindergartens, orphanages
  • Age of children: 0 - 18
  • Number of people cared for: 8 - 60
  • Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, and providing emotional support.
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Volunteering in an orphanage or care centre in Togo can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding. Whether you are on a gap year, holiday from university, or coming to volunteer development work as a career break, you will have a role to play and your contribution will be valued.

The number of orphans and street children in Togo is a problem for the country's rudimentary social welfare services. In the orphanages that do exist, staff struggle with limited resources to feed, clothe, and educate the children in their care. Staff often don't have the time to provide the individual support that these children need so they can have as normal a childhood as possible.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Togo Care Management Plan.

Community Development and Orphanage Work with Projects Abroad

A Projects Abroad volunteer assists Togolese teenagers with homework at her orphanage placement

Projects Abroad works with several different orphanages in Lomé, the capital of Togo. Many of the country’s most vulnerable children end up at these homes. The orphanages are privately owned and vary in size. Some are home to mostly young children and others have adolescents and young adults. If you would like to work with a certain age group please request it when you apply.

The most rewarding tasks involve helping the children with their homework, teaching hygiene, and setting up group activities. Volunteers can also help with daily tasks such as preparing meals and cleaning up. Some volunteers choose to set up regular social activities for the children like sports or arts and crafts lessons.

Volunteer Profile Former volunteer Todd Lewis shares his experience from working on the Care project in Togo
Todd Lewis
My hands were perennially full for my two months in Togo—there was always one child or another pouting that they had to wait until the next stroll to get a hand to hold. Their stories were touching and personal. Some were sick, some were lonely, but all were bright and open. They just wanted someone to hold on to. Read more...

It is also possible to work in a nursery with babies and young children. It is important to teach them basic behavioural tasks, such as treating people kindly, cleaning up after yourself, and having proper manners. The nursery has a playground outside and plenty of space for outdoor activities.

Volunteering Abroad on a Care Project in Togo

A Togolese child practices reading with a Projects Abroad volunteer at a Care outreach

In whichever Care placement in Togo you find yourself, you need to be ready for a challenge. Many of the children need a lot of attention and there will undoubtedly be children who have health problems or need special attention due to disabilities. Patience and positive reinforcement are essential!

Projects Abroad volunteers help by spending time with the children, playing with them, and putting a smile on their faces. Whether you are taking a group out for an afternoon to the nearby beach, helping older children with homework, or playing a game with the younger ones, you will be an essential part of their development.

Any extra interests or skills that you have can be put to good use, so please let our local staff know about them when you apply. Though French ability is not required, it is helpful to be able to communicate with the children and staff.

The General Care Project in Togo is available from two weeks if you do not have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Togo. If you are a high school student and first-time traveller you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Togo.

Togo Care Management Plan

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