International Development Internships in Togo
- Placement location: Lomé
- Role: Working alongside a local NGO on a wide range of tasks
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Interning with Projects Abroad in the field of International Development in Togo is an opportunity for you to gain worthwhile experience while impacting local communities. Togo, along with several other West Africa countries, faces a number of social and economic challenges that hamper its development. As an intern here, you will work with a local NGO to help communities overcome these issues. You can participate as part of a gap year, career break, gap semester, or vacation.
There are a number of local and international NGOs working in Togo to implement sustainable development. We have partnered with several of these organizations in Lomé, and need the help of interns with a strong interest in international development to support the many programs and initiatives being run. This internship is particularly suited for those with a background in business studies, developmental studies, or in healthcare and human rights.
You don’t need any previous experience to join and our project partners are eager to have English-speaking interns to help with developing training materials and new resources.
Your Role on the International Development Project in Lomé
In Lomé, you will be placed at one of several NGOs. These organizations focus on a number of different issues:
- HIV/AIDS: Work with a local grassroots NGO to help develop new methods for tackling the growing rate of HIV transmissions in Togo. Here, interns can assist with developing action plans, fundraising, creating new awareness campaigns, treatment and educational programs.
- Community-based Initiatives: This is a great program for interns who want to get actively involved within communities. This involves visiting rural villages to work on awareness campaigns and organizing field activities to tackle topics such as the environment, education, health, and human rights. Interns also help coordinate and train local volunteers from the community, as well as developing new project ideas.
- Human Rights: In Togo, interns can work with a prominent international human rights organization. You will contribute to their work on awareness campaigns, education, and lobbying around human rights issues. You can choose to which area you would like to focus on.
You can expect to get involved with a variety of tasks at your internship placement, such as:
- Writing reports
- Project planning
- Coordinating local volunteers
- Creating training materials
- Fundraising and marketing
- General administrative work
To make the most of your experience, we encourage you to be proactive and actively seek out ways you can contribute to the NGO’s work.
Your working hours will depend on the field of work chosen and you will need to flexible, but all International Development interns in Togo can expect to work around 30-35 hours per week.
We do recommend speaking some French for this project, as it makes it easier to communicate and interact directly with the local communities in which you are working. If you would like some extra help with your French, you can take a French Language Course before starting your placement, or participate in a Language Add-on during your internship.