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Working in Togo

Due to the poverty in Togo, many international organizations are active in the country and can provide opportunity for intra organizational movement. Though a poor country, Togo’s people are friendly, warm and hospitable, the climate is favourable and there is much to see in the country.

Organizations such as Plan International have been in Togo since 1998 and have assisted significantly in meeting the needs of disadvantaged children. Apart from children, Plan also provides financial incentives and support form women in the country to help them assume a more assertive role in their communities. Plan’s programmes directly benefit over 20,000 children in the country from 224 communities.

Given the Togolese populations reliance on agriculture, it is a priority to improve both crop and environmental management techniques. Organizations such as Self Help Africa, have established pilot projects to improve training and awareness on soil conservation. The overall goal of the project being to reduce small-scale farmer’s reliance on chemical fertiliser. The main reason being chemical fertiliser is costly a paradox given that Togo is among the leading global phosphate producers. The organization provides interns a first-hand opportunity participate and learn in the project.

Given that French is the official language in Togo, volunteer teachers have a perfect opportunity to contribute while in Togo. This makes an excellent way to fill in the hours while on holiday. Volunteer teachers are enlisted by Global Crossroads LLC., and get to teach English in private, public and informal schools in Togo. Individuals interested in social work can enlist for projects offered by CADIP International that takes volunteers to assist in various activities in the country. Volunteers get to work for between two and four weeks in the small Northern town of Kpalime. Activities normally run for five hours in the morning after which participants can join locals in cultural activity or exploration.

 

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