Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Togo

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Togo is a narrow sliver of land sandwiched between Ghana and Benin in West Africa. It has beaches, jungles and, by spanning six distinct climatic zones from north to south, a great deal in between.

As one of the poorest countries in Africa, volunteering in Togo is a unique opportunity to have a positive impact in vulnerable communities. Projects include Child Care, Teaching, Sports, Farming Creative & Performing Arts, and an HIV/AIDS-specific program. You can also intern in Law & Human Rights, Journalism, International Development, or in a Medical placement in fields like Nursing, Physical Therapy, General Medicine, Midwifery, Dentistry and Speech Therapy. Visit our website for more details.

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  • Impact 8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9
  • Value 9
  • Safety 10
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Amy
9/10

6 Week Maternity Placement

I spent 6 weeks volunteering in the maternity unit of a public hospital in Togo's capital city Lome in 2018. The overall experience from start to finish was very smooth, with staff communicating with me from pre-departure to after my return. The staff at Projects Abroad Togo are extremely helpful and are always available to answer questions. The success of your work placements is really individual to each volunteer, and its really up to the individual to assert themselves in the workplace or else they may not have lots of work to do. I personally had an excellent placement, although due to the significant culture difference there were tasks I didn't feel comfortable completing as they didn't align with my personal training (this is not at all the fault of Projects Abroad of course). Projects Abroad organized weekly events for the volunteers to participate in- some with an "outreach" purpose and others simply for socializing among the volunteers. The only downfall would be that at times it did feel a bit overbearing as Projects Abroad closely monitors their volunteers (enforcing curfews, chaperoning trips and outings, etc) although of course this may be a very desirable quality for someone who is traveling for the first time. Overall, I would recommend the organization and feel that the price was reasonable and mainly fair for the experience you get (travel insurance, food, accommodations, airport transfers, 24/7 support). It is clear the the experience is very much what you make it, but as far as the staffs' willingness to help and always be available, this they succeeded at 100%!

How can this program be improved?
It would be nice to see the cost of the trip better reflect the actual cost of living and on-the-ground expenses while I was there. It is clear through my calculations that a very large sum of the money I payed didn't ever go to Togo, the Projects Abroad staff there or my work placement but instead to cover administration costs, marketing etc.
Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Amy. It's great to hear you enjoyed your time on your placement. It can be a bit difficult to adjust to the cultural differences, especially in Medicine-related projects but as you may have learned, it's only a matter of discussing this with your supervisor. They are always at hand to make sure you are comfortable with the work that you are doing and that you are as helpful as you can around the hospital. As for safety, we do take this matter very seriously and work hard to make sure our volunteers are safe and supervised. The most important thing to us is that you have a safe and worthwhile experience, which it looks like you did!

As for the prices, it is important to keep in mind that the cost of your program fee not only involves the direct costs of your experience (such as food, housing, etc.) but also indirect costs such as the salaries of the full-time staff we hire to keep you safe, the rent of the local office, utilities, equipment, etc.

Thanks for sharing!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Victoria
10/10

Projects Abroad: A Program Worthy of Respect

During my time working at an NGO in Togo, I discovered joys and tragedies within the country that I never would have discovered otherwise. My NGO focused on health, development and women's rights, and they were a reputable NGO that received concrete funding from large organizations in order to carry out their numerous projects. The director of my organization quickly informed me about all of the projects they had going on, the issues Togo was facing and how to fix them. Volunteering with locals gave me an insider view of the country, its problems and what makes it wonderful as well. I mainly worked leading the organization's English club, writing grants requests, visiting orphanages and helping out with other's projects. Projects Abroad did very well in finding an appropriate placing in exactly what I wanted to work with and frequently checkin up to make sure everything is going well. My supervisor, who was super present and helpful throughout my whole stay, even brainstormed ideas with me and wanted to create a joint project with my office and the Projects Abroad office; I ended up not having enough time in Togo to execute a project like that, so it fell through, but it was a great idea and showed how involved Projects Abroad was! Projects Abroad even switched one of the volunteer's job to one she could create a larger impact with and enjoy more. Projects Abroad really does help the community they are working with, organizing activities like medical outreaches, orphanage visits, and funding specific projects. I respect all that Projects Abroad does for the development of our world, and it was a great, life-altering experience to be a part of that.

Yes, I recommend this program

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is a global organization formed around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. Since its inception, Projects Abroad has expanded to offer high school volunteer programs, and a vast...