Care Volunteer Projects in Togo
Volunteering in a care centre, kindergarten or nursery in Togo - one of Africa's poorest countries - can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding. Whether you are on a gap year, holiday from university or coming to development work as an older volunteer on a career break, you will have a role to play and your contribution will be valued.
- Placement locations: Lomé
- Types of care projects: Care centres, kindergartens and nurseries
- 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, providing emotional support and helping improve general hygiene
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
The number of abandoned and street children in Togo is a problem for the country's rudimentary social welfare services. Staff normally 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 love and attention that these children need so they can have as normal a childhood as possible.
The Projects Abroad team organise regular workshops for our care volunteers. The workshops will provide you with an overview of the care system in Togo and the background of the placement where you’re working. You will receive advice and suggestions regarding activities to try out at your care placement. Volunteers in Togo also have the chance to attend a more general inter-cultural workshop which gives more information about the Togolese culture and how this relates to your work.
Voluntary Community Development work with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad works with several different care centres in Lomé, the capital of Togo. Many of the country’s most vulnerable children end up here.
The most rewarding tasks involve helping the children with their homework, teaching hygiene and setting up group activities. Volunteers can also help with household tasks such as cleaning, cooking and washing. Some volunteers set up regular sports or arts and crafts classes with the children.
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 and cleaning up after themselves. There is a playground outside, with plenty of space for outdoor activities.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Togo Care Management Plan.
In whichever volunteer Care project in Togo you find yourself, you need to be ready for a challenge. Many of the children are desperate for attention and there will undoubtedly be children present who have health problems and some who may need special attention due to disabilities.
Projects Abroad volunteers help by spending time with the children, playing with them and putting a smile on their faces. Whether you are helping older children with school 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, and please let our local staff know about them when you apply.
It is possible to join this project for just two weeks if you don't have time to join us for a longer period. However, please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Togo.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Togo
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Togo. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it. This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages in Togo, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.