Volunteer and Intern in Togo
- Location: Lomé
- Accommodation: Host families
- Local languages: Ewe & French
Togo is one of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa and Projects Abroad Togo volunteers have an important role to play in the lives of Togolese people in need. Our volunteer service projects and internships are available for anyone interested in working in West Africa, including those on a gap year or career break or as a summer vacation opportunity for students.
Togolese people are highly dependent on agriculture and approximately one half of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. Children are particularly vulnerable and the education system suffers from teacher shortages, lower educational quality in rural areas, and high repetition and dropout rates Volunteers can make a significant contribution by helping to care for children in orphanages, care centers, and kindergartens, or teaching English to young students in schools.
A narrow sliver of land sandwiched between Ghana and Benin in West Africa, at its widest point Togo is just 110 kilometers from East to West. It is a Franco-African melting pot with beaches, jungles, and, by spanning six distinct climatic zones from north to south, a great deal in between.
“Greetings from Togo! Although Togo is West Africa’s smallest country, you will find an amazing array of volunteer and travel opportunities here. While on your volunteer placement, relaxing on the coast, and traveling up and down the country’s Route Nationale, you will be welcomed warmly and with open arms as you discover the wonderful climate, food and culture of Togo. As Director, I look forward to showing you all the amazing things that this country and its people have to offer.”
Where You Will Live in Togo
Projects Abroad is based in Lomé, the capital city, just three hours drive from our larger Accra office across the border in Ghana. In Lomé volunteers can take part in a wide variety of volunteer and internship projects. One-on-one language courses are also available in French and Ewe, an indigenous local language.
Although Togo became independent from France in 1960, French influence still exists everywhere. French remains the first official language, although you will hear a host of other tribal dialects spoken across the country. It’s not just the language that was influenced - there are boulangeries across the country selling delicious croissants and baguettes.
Volunteers stay with local Togolese host families in Lomé, who are famous for their generous hospitality and pride in their home country. This is also a great way to work on your French language skills or start learning the language.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Togo
When you are not working you can also visit Lomé’s restaurants and nightspots to sample local food reputed to be the best in West Africa or try some traditional dancing to frenetic drumbeats. Visiting the traditional markets or relaxing on the city’s beaches are also popular ways to spend the weekend.
Travel in and around Togo is cheap and easy, the most common forms of transport being by moto (motorbike) or shared taxi. In the south, you will want to visit the tropical lakes and lagoons. In the north, you can visit hills, waterfalls, and coffee plantations. A sight not to miss is the Tamberma Village - UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Did you know? Togo is only 86 miles wide, making it the narrowest country in Africa.
Togo is also an excellent starting point for travel around neighboring West African countries. You can discover the history of mysterious voodoo in Benin or rather head west along the coast to Ghana’s sandy beaches and haunting slave forts.