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Why TAKING PART TO A MEDIUM AND LONG TERM VOLUNTEERISM in Togo?
Nowadays it's easy and particularly fashionable to go to Africa as a tourist. To spend holidays can be nice but you cannot discover Africa and Togo in its depth. By making or participating in L-MTV in Togo.
You’ll have a good survey and impression of their daily life. You'll find friends among the local community. The exchange is not only human but also cultural.
The usual tourism has mostly a bad impact on the local communities. Of course it is a source of income but this income is not always well shared (distributed to the inhabitants). In doing a medium or long term volunteerism (L-MTV) in Togo, hence living and working together, we hope that people coming from different parts of the world will learn to respect other cultures rather than neglecting them.

GET INFORMED FIRST
Before going to a certain place, it's necessary to have a good knowledge or a general survey of it. The knowledge beforehand of the language, history, culture, politics, etc. can doubtlessly work towards the success of your journey. The local tourism agency can provide you with information and maps of the countries.

GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS
Be sure that your family and friends know exactly where you're going. Give them a copy of where you can be contacted (found) in case of emergency. If your family want to know about what is going on, this information will be useful for them as well as yourself. Don't disappear just like that: stay in touch!

VISA - PASSPORT - VACCINATION CARD
It is necessary to get a visa before coming to Togo. The information concerning the visa is available in the Togolese embassy or consulate in your country. If you want to visit another country, it's better to get all visas before leaving. Get informed in the embassy about the vaccinations that you should make before leaving.
MONEY
It's advisable to bring credit card visa rather than cash.
There is no problem to exchange money here in the banks. Keep your money, passport and important documents always in a purse or small sack in cotton under your clothes even if you want to sleep or take a bath. However you can have a small purse (visible) in which you will have some cash and in case of theft, the thief will just take away the little money that you have put in there. You must always keep the credit card visa in different places and mark off those you have already used. It's very important to do that because if you lose them or they are stolen, it is only possible to replace them if you know exactly which ones are missing and you are sure to make your trip without worries.
At the same time, keep always some small money in your bag: 30 Euro is enough. In fact, in case of emergency, this money will be useful for you. And in any case don't forget to call the police, the consulate or the embassy if something happens to you.

INSURANCE
Insurance (travel insurance) is absolutely necessary when you're traveling to Africa and if you look a bit around in your home country you can doubtlessly find good ones. Take an insurance that covers the theft and loss of luggage during the flight and the journey itself (delay of the flight, cancellation…) reservation and health. The best agreements are those which take into account the repatriation in case of big problems. When something happens to you, please give more information to your insurer: police statement in case of theft, medical report (doctor, hospital…) when you're ill. The assurance companies are distrustful towards the claims (complaints) of the travelers. You must make sure that you have your receipts with us even the picture of important objects (camera…) that you bring. Some voyage agencies propose interesting insurance's for students. So it's always good to get informed

DOCUMENTS TO BRING
Passport
Vaccination card (yellow fever)
Traveler’s cheques
Credit card
Cash money
Insurance papers
Name of person to contact in case of emergency
Driver’s license or international driver’s license if necessary
Letter stating your nationality, volunteer status and the name of your voluntary organization

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ATTENDING ASTOVOT LMTV PROGRAMME 2013

Association Togolaise des Volontaires au Travail (ASTOVOT) :
Route d’Akpadape, quartier Zomayi
BP : 97 KPALIME-TOGO
Tel/Fax: +228 24 41 07 15
E-mail : coordinationastovot@yahoo.fr / sgastovoct@yahoo.fr
Site : www.astovot.org 
 
Contacts :

 

One month (1) 290: 290 euros,
Two (2) months 580*3%: 562 euros;
Three (3) months 870*5%: 826 euros
Six (6) months 1740*10%: 1566 euros;

It is essential, before leaving your country to have a good overview of where we are going to go. Prior knowledge of the language, history, culture, people, politics, etc.. will definitely improve your trip. The local tourist agencies will give you information, documentation and map of the country.

 


 

 

ASTOVOT SUMMER WORKCAMP PROGRAMME 2013

 

Code
Asto

 

PERIODE

 

TYPE DE PROJET/TYPE OF PROJECT

 

LOCALITE/ PLACE

 

PREFECTURE/

DISTRICT

 

TYPE DE CHANTIER

 

EFFECTIF/N° VOLUNTEERS

 

1

12/07 au 1er /08/2013

 

Construction d’infrastructure

 

Kpalimé

 

KLOTO

 

International

 

20

 

2

15/07 au 04/08/2013

 

 

Ecologie/environnement

 

Kpalimé

 

KLOTO

 

international

 

20

 

3

19/07 au 08/08/2013

Ecologie/environnement

Centre artisanal de Kpalimé

KLOTO

 

international

 

20

 

4

22/07 au 11/08/2013

 

Education à la Santé

 

Agou Nyogbo

 

KLOTO

 

international

 

20

 

5

26/07 au 15/08/2013

 

Rénovation/Animation

 

Agomé-Tomégbé

 

KLOTO

 

international

 

20

 

6

29/07 au 18/08/2013

 

Paix et non-violence

 

Agou-Gare

 

OGOU

 

international

 

20

 

7

02/08 au 22/08/2013

Education/Animation

 

Agou-Gare

 

KLOTO

 

international

 

20

 

8

05/08 au 25/08/2013

Education à la Santé

 

Badja

 

AVE

 

international

 

20

 

9

Du 09/08 au 29/08/12

Education/Animation

 

Kpalimé

 

kloto

 

international

 

20

 

10

 

12/08 au 1er /09/2013

 

Ecologie/environnement

 

Agou-Apégamé

 

AGOU

 

international

 

20

 

11

 

15/08 au 04/09/2013

 

Education/Animation

 

Kpimé-Tomégbé

 

kpalimé

 

international

 

20

 

12

18/08 au 07/09/2013

 

Education/Animation

 

Kouma adamé

 

KLOTO

 

international

 

20


ASTOVOT SUMMER PROGRAMME  2013
  PROJECT INFORMATION AND LOCALITES 

We made the description by taking into account different types of projects and localities.
The staff of ASTOVOT wants to take care of its volunteers but also of the local community to whom ASTOVOT gives its support as regards local and participative development.
By participating in an interactive and intercultural training, ASTOVOT projects serve to support the marginalized rural communities on one hand and offer its volunteers the opportunity to have a lifelong project and a future commitment on the other hand.

In the meeting of giving and taking our creed is human solidarity. "Talking for better knowing, knowing for better exchanging, exchanging for better understanding!" This is our ultimate mission.

TYPE I
ACTIVITIES WITH MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN
This type of work camp is open to volunteers who have abilities and/or the will to work with children and who can accept their peculiarities. They will supervise and lead the children on notions of general knowledge through games and playful situations of an educational and instructive nature. The children will take part of these various activities in order to discover another way of learning.

Note: at the end of the work camp the volunteers often organize a general representation of the activities realized in the square of the village.

General objective:
Promoting the development and self-fulfillment of the child by means of instructive and playful activities.

Activities:
The work will generally consist of:
- Liven up with the children the various established workshops: workshop of drawing, painting and modeling, singing and dance, tales, sketches, sport, etc.
- The volunteers will work five hours a day from Monday to Friday and the afternoons can be dedicated to cultural exchange according to the agenda defined by the group of the volunteers;
- The volunteers can also present typical cultural aspects of their country (songs, dances, games)
- The volunteers are invited to bring; if possible; games, colored pencils, felt-tips, pens, papers reams, pencils, books; in short, everything which can contribute to the activities with the children.

                             
Work camps ASTO 6 and 7 are dedicated exclusively to the activities with children. They are particular and solely open to those who want to work effectively with mentally handicapped children.
The volunteers must show evidence of availability, patience and understanding.
The volunteers will work in narrow collaboration with skilled teachers of the center Envol.
 
Work camps ASTO 2, 5, 10, 11 and 12 are organized for children living without handicaps. This project of social and educational activities is associated with other types of project like reforestation (ASTO 10), peace education (ASTO 5), construction of a library (ASTO 2) and school support and activities (ASTO 11 and 12).

ASTO 6 and 7: socio-educational activities with mentally handicapped children in the centers ENVOL of Atakpamé and Kpalimé

ASTOVOT in association with the centers ENVOL wants to facilitate the integration of the mentally handicapped children by offering them a school education and\or a professional training considering their abilities of adaptation.

INFORMATION ON BOTH COMMUNITIES SHELTERING THIS TYPE OF PROJECT

ASTO6: ATAKPAME from 30/07 to 19/08/12

The city of Atakpamé has approximately 80 000 inhabitants. It is situated between Akposso and Mono. It is the administrative centre of the Plateaux Region constisting of more than 9 prefectures. It is one of the most important cities of Togo. Surrounded by several hills, at a height of 500 m, it was a place of trades between the peoples of the coastal regions of the Golf of Benin and those from inside the land. The habits and customs are protected in this locality. Every clan group possesses one or several divinities to which sacrifices are offered. Be there to get to know better the African culture especially to discover better how Togo managed to stay authentic and traditional.
In Atakpamé, you will find a post office, telephone, fax, Internet, hospital, market, banks, videoclub, hotel.

 

ASTO 7: KPALIME from 02/08 to 22/08/12
The city of KPALIME has approximately 95 000 inhabitants. It is situated at approximately 2 hours from Lomé in a beautiful natural environment. We are in the heart of Cocoa and Coffee Country. The zone surrounding the city is luxurious and fertile, surrounded by mountains and thick woods, deep valleys and small peaceful villages. The landscape always remains green even during the dry season. In spite of intense agricultural development, the region of Kpalimé always preserves some of the most attractive forests of Togo that are abundant in mahoganies, wawas and irokos. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to swim and relax at the water's edge. A lively market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The inhabitants come from all over the region to sell their products and to shop. The market offers many exotic fruits. Kpalimé is also the most important crafts center of the country where many artists and craftsmen settled down: woodcarvers, potters, weavers….
Kpalimé has all basic infrastructures.

 

TYPE II
WORK CAMP OF REMEDIAL COURSES

The project consists of teaching pupils in primary and secondary school in the subjects in which they experience difficulties (Mathematics, Physical Sciences, English and French). The project allows the participating pupils to be up to date during the new school year. It allows the younger children to begin socializing at the school and learning syllabification, writing and counting.
These supporting courses are especially important for the pupils of the rural areas which have fewer assets (lack of socio-educational infrastructures) than those from the cities. That is why the rural communities are the privileged targets for these activities.

General objective:
The project aims to improve the knowledge and the abilities of the pupils in primary and secondary school for a better school resumption.

Activities:
-           Educational material will be at your disposal and you will be introduced to the educational program of the country
-            Essentially you will play the role of a primary or secondary school teacher
-            In the primary level, you will intervene in French (reading, writing, conjugation, written and oral expression, etc.) and in calculation. In the secondary level, you will give classes in a subject of your choice (English, French, Math, Physics, German and Spanish)
-            You will organize socio cultural activities with the children and teenagers

School materials are distributed to the pupils and to the schools at the end of the classes. Accordingly, the volunteers are invited to bring school material such as exercise books, coloring pencils, felt-tips, pens, pencils, books; in short everything that can contribute to the children’s learning process.

Note: The work camps “remedial courses” are associated to the socio-educational projects with children and teenagers.

INFORMATION ON BOTH COMMUNITIES SHELTERING THIS TYPE OF PROJECT

ASTO11: Agou Nyogbo from 16/08 to 05/09/12

Agou Nyogbo (15 km of Kpalimé) is a remarkable village with geographical peculiarity in a mountainous region. It shelters the highest summit of Togo (986m). Most of the villagers are farmers and very hospitable. It is also remarkable for its cultural diversity especially because of its folk group Akpessé Bobobo and the variety of tropical fruits which can be found there. The village has approximately 3000 inhabitants.

ASTO 12: Kouma Adame from 20 / 08 / to 09/09/12

Kouma Adame is situated at 774 m of height and 20 km from Kpalimé. It enjoys a fresh (cool) climate and a luxuriant vegetation. The population is about 2000; most of them are farmers and very young. You will have the opportunity to visit the waterfalls. Getting to Kpalimé, the closest city and other villages of the canton of Kouma is easy.
If you like hiking in the mountains, you will not be disappointed.

TYPE III
WORK CAMP OF STD/HIV/AIDS AND MALARIA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

General objective:
 This project aims to raise awareness in rural communities on the dangers of STD / HIV / AIDS and malaria for a real change of behaviors.

Activities:
- The volunteers will follow a training course on the matter of IST / HIV / AIDS and malaria;
- The volunteers will train in turn the young people of the village as the educator peers. These young people will help the volunteer in raising awareness and will assure the sustainability of the project after the departure of the volunteers;
- The volunteers will raise awareness campaign of proximity (doors to doors); they will pass from house to house in small groups to discuss and exchange with the population on IST / HIV / AIDS and malaria issues;
- The volunteers will write and stage plays whose topics are related to IST/VIH/SIDA and malaria. 
- The volunteers will raise awareness campaign of mass: it will take place in a public place with the whole population; According to the size of the communities, the awareness campaign can take place in several neighboring villages. 
- The means of the campaign are: debate rounds, games, drama, distribution of condoms, leaflets of information and posters.
The volunteers can bring if possible materials for raising awareness.

INFORMATION ON BOTH COMMUNITIES SHELTERING THIS TYPE OF PROJECT

ASTO 4: Tove Agbessia from 23/07 to 12/08/12

The canton of Tove consists of five villages and is situated to approximately 4 km of Kpalimé. It thus has the same climatic characteristics as the city of Kpalimé. The climate is fresh and the green vegetation, which makes the village a pleasant place to live.

ASTO 8: Tovégan of the 06/08 at 26/08/12 
The village of Tovégan is situated in the prefecture of Avé. Tovégan is situated to about 60 km of Lomé on the Lomé-Kpalimé road. It is a very welcoming village mostly composed of farmers and small tradesmen. You will discover the traditional and artisanal methods of preparation of the local drink and the various folk groups. 

TYPE IV
PROMOTION OF THE EWE CULTURAL HERITAGE:
General objective: 
Promoting the autochthonous culture through the realization of socio cultural and artistic activities in the community. 
 
Activities:
The project plans the creation of various activities in favor of the young: 
- The creation of a group of theatre; 
- The production of plays inspired of the daily realities in our rural and urban areas; 
- The innovation of the games traditionally practiced and that are today disappearing; 
- The setting up of new games; 
- The creation of a group of ballet and choreography; 
- The playing of djembe (drums) and African dances (especially Ewe); 
- The manufacture of the artistic objects (baskets, calabashes, bags…); 
- The organization of the competitions endowed with price. 

INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO9: Badja of the 09/08 at 29/08/12 
The village of Badja is situated in the district of Avé. Badja is situated to about 45 km of Lomé on the Lomé-Kpalimé road. The population is about 5000 inhabitants. It is a very welcoming village mostly composed of farmers and small tradesmen. You will discover the traditional and artisanal methods of preparation of the local drink and the various folk groups. 
TYPE V
RENOVATION AND ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
General objective:  
The objective of the project is not only to make the artisanal center of Kpalimé more attractive for a real cultural and artistic space but also to offer a healthy environment to the staff, the craftsmen, the pupils and the visitors as well.   
Activities: 
- To clean the façade of the center, 
- The artistic decoration of the wall of the fence; 
- The creation of indicative panels; 
- The setting up of the trash cans; 
- The clearing of the garden for games and the cultural spectacles: the planting of the young plants, flowers and lawns,; if possible set up of seats for the garden. 
- The volunteers will stage plays of a popular education nature (environment, culture) followed by African dances that they will produce at the end of the project. 
- Other artistic activities as the percussion, the batik, and ceramics…are to be associated to the project. 
You will be daily in contact with the craftsmen who are going to share with you their knowledge; pupils of the center are going to surprise you by their artisanal and artistic maturity. The boutiques containing the numerous objects will impress you!!! 
INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT

ASTO 3: The Artisanal Center of Kpalimé of the 19/07 at 08/08/12 
The artisanal center of Kpalimé is situated on the road of Missahohoe. It becomes successively Cooperative of the craftsmen of Kloto in 1966, then artisanal Center of Kpalimé in 1968. The school of artistic and artisanal teaching of Kpalimé proposes three types of formations (initial training: 3 years CAPE AA, dual training,: 3 years CQP and the training modular AFPP). Among the different workshops we have: the wood carving, the batik - painting, the macramé - sewing, the ceramics and the sewing. The college also shelters a center of computer sciences set up by the association @freak. It is one of the best places to obtain objects of art in tropical woods: ebony, teak, and mahogany. 
TYPE VI
WORK CAMPS OF CONSTRUCTION
This type of work camp consists of participating in the construction of the social collective facilities notably: centers of young people, clinics, public latrines, libraries and school buildings, playgrounds in collaboration with the local communities in order to solve the problem of the lack of facilities. 
4.1. Construction of a multidisciplinary playground
General objective: 
The objective of the project is to participe in solving the lack of social educational and sport facilities in the communities. 
Activities: 
- The volunteers are going to participate in the activities of clearing, masonry and carpentry with the players of the different games,
- The volunteer will support the experienced mansions in the field of construction,
- Volunteers will fetch sand, water and set up the field of volleyball,
- Some forms of entertainment and sporting activities will also take place.
- The project will end by sport competitions. 

INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO 1: Kpalimé of the 12/07 at 1er/08/12 
To see description of Kpalimé (ASTO 7) 

4.2. Construction of a library in Yéviépé 
General objective: 
The objective of the project is to assist the population of Yéviépé in having a library. 
Activities: 
- The volunteers are going to participate in the activities of masonry, carpentry and painting with the population; 
- Molding blocks, Plastering the walls, Digging the soak away and fixing doors & windows.
- Volunteers will fetch sand, water
- Social and educational activities with the children and teenagers are associated to this project and are achieved according to a program established by the group of the volunteers; 
INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO 2: Yéviépé of the 16/07 at 05/08/12 
The village of Yéviépé is situated at 12 km from Kpalimé, not far from the border Togo - Ghana. With a population of about 2000 inhabitants essentially composed of farmers, Yéviépé is a very welcoming village. The chief of the locality is a very active young man who fights for the development of the village. It is also a village remarkable by its natural environment and its cultural diversity.  
 

TYPE VII
REFORESTATION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEFORESTATION
General objective:  
Participating in the fight against the destruction of the ecological environment through the organization of work camps in the rural areas of Togo.   
Activities:  
- Watering of the plants; 
- Cleaning up of the parcels to afforest; 
- Planting of trees;  
- Installation of advertising panels for the safeguard of the environment 
- Awareness campaign (talks, sketches, etc.) on the environment (bush fire, domestic garbage management, etc.); 
-  Social and educational activities with children and teenagers (with a particular accent on the environmental education); 
- Involvement to the communal activities: village cleaning up…. 

INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
Asto10: Agou Kébo Dalavé of the 13/08 at 02/09/12 /:  
Agou Kebo Dalavé (about 3000 inhabitants) is a locality remarkable of by its geographical particularity: mountainous region. It is situated not far from the highest summit of Togo (986m of altitude).  
The population is essentially composed of farmers and offers a particular hospitality. The village is also remarkable by its cultural diversity and the tropical fruits.

 

TYPE VIII
PEACE EDUCATION: «ALAFIA"
 General objective: 
It aims to develop the culture of peace in the communities.
Activities:  
- Exchange and sharing between the volunteers and the actors of local development to establish a document of work on non violence and necessary strategies for the implementation of the peace education project. During the sittings in workshops, it will consist of pointing out the different shapes of violence, those in relation with our communities. How can one manage to solve them? Which activities should be planned? This phase can last 3 to 5 days. 
- Identification and mobilization of the young people to implement the activities conceived in the 1st phase. In this phase, the volunteers will work with the village actors of development to sensitize the young on the culture of the peace by the means of talks, workshops of song, sketch, tale, theater, sport.  
- The volunteers present the activities and raise an awareness campaign during which the population and the local and administrative authorities will be invited (end of the project). 
INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO 5: Akpadapé of the 26/07 at 15/08/12 
The village of Akpadapé is situated at about 9 km from Kpalimé. It has a custom office by which pass a lot of goods in direction of Ghana. The village counts about 5000 inhabitants composed essentially of farmers. It is a locality marked by a strong cultural mixture: a lot of people speak English. 
ON OUR WORK CAMPS: 
Work is 5h/day from Monday to Friday. The weekend is reserved for the excursions of the group.  
The group decides on how to manage the schedule. 
Cultural activities: On all our work camps, you will have the playing of Djembé (drums) and traditional dances 
African day and European day: one day is dedicated to the Africans and another to the westerns to make discover their culture through the dishes, the games, songs, dances, clothing, etc. 

Day in family: one day of integration in a local family is organized to make the volunteers discover the daily life of our families. 


GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ATTENDING ASTOVOT 2012 WORKCAMPS

Do not hesitate to get in contact with us:

 
Association Togolaise des Volontaires au Travail (ASTOVOT) :
Route d’Akpadape, quartier Zomayi
BP : 97 KPALIME-TOGO
Tel/Fax: +228 24 41 07 15
E-mail : coordinationastovot@yahoo.fr / sgastovoct@yahoo.fr
Site : www.astovot.org 
 
Contacts :

USEFUL INFORMATION


The ASTOVOT Staff would like to inform you that for some various and independent reasons of its will a workcamp could be either cancelled or substituted by another. 
In order to create an intercultural exchange in an interactive training the minimal number of five (5) international volunteers would be necessary for the implementation of an ASTOVOT project and this according to the distance of the locality.

‘With ASTOVOT, you don't come by chance. To exchange, to communicate, to know and to understand each other in order to better build a world in love of peace and tolerance is our duty’.  

We are open to answer all your questions by promenade or by telephone

 

CONDITIONS OF TAKING PART

 

ASTOVOT SUMMER PROGRAMME  2012
  PROJECT INFORMATION AND LOCALITES 

We made the description by taking into account different types of projects and localities.
The staff of ASTOVOT wants to take care of its volunteers but also of the local community to whom ASTOVOT gives its support as regards local and participative development.
By participating in an interactive and intercultural training, ASTOVOT projects serve to support the marginalized rural communities on one hand and offer its volunteers the opportunity to have a lifelong project and a future commitment on the other hand.

In the meeting of giving and taking our creed is human solidarity. "Talking for better knowing, knowing for better exchanging, exchanging for better understanding!" This is our ultimate mission.

TYPE I
ACTIVITIES WITH MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN
This type of work camp is open to volunteers who have abilities and/or the will to work with children and who can accept their peculiarities. They will supervise and lead the children on notions of general knowledge through games and playful situations of an educational and instructive nature. The children will take part of these various activities in order to discover another way of learning.

Note: at the end of the work camp the volunteers often organize a general representation of the activities realized in the square of the village.

General objective:
Promoting the development and self-fulfillment of the child by means of instructive and playful activities.

Activities:
The work will generally consist of:
- Liven up with the children the various established workshops: workshop of drawing, painting and modeling, singing and dance, tales, sketches, sport, etc.
- The volunteers will work five hours a day from Monday to Friday and the afternoons can be dedicated to cultural exchange according to the agenda defined by the group of the volunteers;
- The volunteers can also present typical cultural aspects of their country (songs, dances, games)
- The volunteers are invited to bring; if possible; games, colored pencils, felt-tips, pens, papers reams, pencils, books; in short, everything which can contribute to the activities with the children.

 

                             
Work camps ASTO 6 and 7 are dedicated exclusively to the activities with children. They are particular and solely open to those who want to work effectively with mentally handicapped children.
The volunteers must show evidence of availability, patience and understanding.
The volunteers will work in narrow collaboration with skilled teachers of the center Envol.
 
Work camps ASTO 2, 5, 10, 11 and 12 are organized for children living without handicaps. This project of social and educational activities is associated with other types of project like reforestation (ASTO 10), peace education (ASTO 5), construction of a library (ASTO 2) and school support and activities (ASTO 11 and 12).

ASTO 6 and 7: socio-educational activities with mentally handicapped children in the centers ENVOL of Atakpamé and Kpalimé

ASTOVOT in association with the centers ENVOL wants to facilitate the integration of the mentally handicapped children by offering them a school education and\or a professional training considering their abilities of adaptation.

INFORMATION ON BOTH COMMUNITIES SHELTERING THIS TYPE OF PROJECT

ASTO6: ATAKPAME from 30/07 to 19/08/12

The city of Atakpamé has approximately 80 000 inhabitants. It is situated between Akposso and Mono. It is the administrative centre of the Plateaux Region constisting of more than 9 prefectures. It is one of the most important cities of Togo. Surrounded by several hills, at a height of 500 m, it was a place of trades between the peoples of the coastal regions of the Golf of Benin and those from inside the land. The habits and customs are protected in this locality. Every clan group possesses one or several divinities to which sacrifices are offered. Be there to get to know better the African culture especially to discover better how Togo managed to stay authentic and traditional.
In Atakpamé, you will find a post office, telephone, fax, Internet, hospital, market, banks, videoclub, hotel.

 

ASTO 7: KPALIME from 02/08 to 22/08/12
The city of KPALIME has approximately 95 000 inhabitants. It is situated at approximately 2 hours from Lomé in a beautiful natural environment. We are in the heart of Cocoa and Coffee Country. The zone surrounding the city is luxurious and fertile, surrounded by mountains and thick woods, deep valleys and small peaceful villages. The landscape always remains green even during the dry season. In spite of intense agricultural development, the region of Kpalimé always preserves some of the most attractive forests of Togo that are abundant in mahoganies, wawas and irokos. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to swim and relax at the water's edge. A lively market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The inhabitants come from all over the region to sell their products and to shop. The market offers many exotic fruits. Kpalimé is also the most important crafts center of the country where many artists and craftsmen settled down: woodcarvers, potters, weavers….
Kpalimé has all basic infrastructures.

 

TYPE II
WORK CAMP OF REMEDIAL COURSES

The project consists of teaching pupils in primary and secondary school in the subjects in which they experience difficulties (Mathematics, Physical Sciences, English and French). The project allows the participating pupils to be up to date during the new school year. It allows the younger children to begin socializing at the school and learning syllabification, writing and counting.
These supporting courses are especially important for the pupils of the rural areas which have fewer assets (lack of socio-educational infrastructures) than those from the cities. That is why the rural communities are the privileged targets for these activities.

General objective:
The project aims to improve the knowledge and the abilities of the pupils in primary and secondary school for a better school resumption.

Activities:
-           Educational material will be at your disposal and you will be introduced to the educational program of the country
-            Essentially you will play the role of a primary or secondary school teacher
-            In the primary level, you will intervene in French (reading, writing, conjugation, written and oral expression, etc.) and in calculation. In the secondary level, you will give classes in a subject of your choice (English, French, Math, Physics, German and Spanish)
-            You will organize socio cultural activities with the children and teenagers

School materials are distributed to the pupils and to the schools at the end of the classes. Accordingly, the volunteers are invited to bring school material such as exercise books, coloring pencils, felt-tips, pens, pencils, books; in short everything that can contribute to the children’s learning process.

Note: The work camps “remedial courses” are associated to the socio-educational projects with children and teenagers.

INFORMATION ON BOTH COMMUNITIES SHELTERING THIS TYPE OF PROJECT

ASTO11: Agou Nyogbo from 16/08 to 05/09/12

Agou Nyogbo (15 km of Kpalimé) is a remarkable village with geographical peculiarity in a mountainous region. It shelters the highest summit of Togo (986m). Most of the villagers are farmers and very hospitable. It is also remarkable for its cultural diversity especially because of its folk group Akpessé Bobobo and the variety of tropical fruits which can be found there. The village has approximately 3000 inhabitants.

ASTO 12: Kouma Adame from 20 / 08 / to 09/09/12

Kouma Adame is situated at 774 m of height and 20 km from Kpalimé. It enjoys a fresh (cool) climate and a luxuriant vegetation. The population is about 2000; most of them are farmers and very young. You will have the opportunity to visit the waterfalls. Getting to Kpalimé, the closest city and other villages of the canton of Kouma is easy.
If you like hiking in the mountains, you will not be disappointed.

TYPE III
WORK CAMP OF STD/HIV/AIDS AND MALARIA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

General objective:
 This project aims to raise awareness in rural communities on the dangers of STD / HIV / AIDS and malaria for a real change of behaviors.

Activities:
- The volunteers will follow a training course on the matter of IST / HIV / AIDS and malaria;
- The volunteers will train in turn the young people of the village as the educator peers. These young people will help the volunteer in raising awareness and will assure the sustainability of the project after the departure of the volunteers;
- The volunteers will raise awareness campaign of proximity (doors to doors); they will pass from house to house in small groups to discuss and exchange with the population on IST / HIV / AIDS and malaria issues;
- The volunteers will write and stage plays whose topics are related to IST/VIH/SIDA and malaria. 
- The volunteers will raise awareness campaign of mass: it will take place in a public place with the whole population; According to the size of the communities, the awareness campaign can take place in several neighboring villages. 
- The means of the campaign are: debate rounds, games, drama, distribution of condoms, leaflets of information and posters.
The volunteers can bring if possible materials for raising awareness.

INFORMATION ON BOTH COMMUNITIES SHELTERING THIS TYPE OF PROJECT

ASTO 4: Tove Agbessia from 23/07 to 12/08/12

The canton of Tove consists of five villages and is situated to approximately 4 km of Kpalimé. It thus has the same climatic characteristics as the city of Kpalimé. The climate is fresh and the green vegetation, which makes the village a pleasant place to live.

ASTO 8: Tovégan of the 06/08 at 26/08/12 
The village of Tovégan is situated in the prefecture of Avé. Tovégan is situated to about 60 km of Lomé on the Lomé-Kpalimé road. It is a very welcoming village mostly composed of farmers and small tradesmen. You will discover the traditional and artisanal methods of preparation of the local drink and the various folk groups. 

TYPE IV
PROMOTION OF THE EWE CULTURAL HERITAGE:
General objective: 
Promoting the autochthonous culture through the realization of socio cultural and artistic activities in the community. 
 
Activities:
The project plans the creation of various activities in favor of the young: 
- The creation of a group of theatre; 
- The production of plays inspired of the daily realities in our rural and urban areas; 
- The innovation of the games traditionally practiced and that are today disappearing; 
- The setting up of new games; 
- The creation of a group of ballet and choreography; 
- The playing of djembe (drums) and African dances (especially Ewe); 
- The manufacture of the artistic objects (baskets, calabashes, bags…); 
- The organization of the competitions endowed with price. 

INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO9: Badja of the 09/08 at 29/08/12 
The village of Badja is situated in the district of Avé. Badja is situated to about 45 km of Lomé on the Lomé-Kpalimé road. The population is about 5000 inhabitants. It is a very welcoming village mostly composed of farmers and small tradesmen. You will discover the traditional and artisanal methods of preparation of the local drink and the various folk groups. 
TYPE V
RENOVATION AND ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
General objective:  
The objective of the project is not only to make the artisanal center of Kpalimé more attractive for a real cultural and artistic space but also to offer a healthy environment to the staff, the craftsmen, the pupils and the visitors as well.   
Activities: 
- To clean the façade of the center, 
- The artistic decoration of the wall of the fence; 
- The creation of indicative panels; 
- The setting up of the trash cans; 
- The clearing of the garden for games and the cultural spectacles: the planting of the young plants, flowers and lawns,; if possible set up of seats for the garden. 
- The volunteers will stage plays of a popular education nature (environment, culture) followed by African dances that they will produce at the end of the project. 
- Other artistic activities as the percussion, the batik, and ceramics…are to be associated to the project. 
You will be daily in contact with the craftsmen who are going to share with you their knowledge; pupils of the center are going to surprise you by their artisanal and artistic maturity. The boutiques containing the numerous objects will impress you!!! 
INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO 3: The Artisanal Center of Kpalimé of the 19/07 at 08/08/12 
The artisanal center of Kpalimé is situated on the road of Missahohoe. It becomes successively Cooperative of the craftsmen of Kloto in 1966, then artisanal Center of Kpalimé in 1968. The school of artistic and artisanal teaching of Kpalimé proposes three types of formations (initial training: 3 years CAPE AA, dual training,: 3 years CQP and the training modular AFPP). Among the different workshops we have: the wood carving, the batik - painting, the macramé - sewing, the ceramics and the sewing. The college also shelters a center of computer sciences set up by the association @freak. It is one of the best places to obtain objects of art in tropical woods: ebony, teak, and mahogany. 
TYPE VI
WORK CAMPS OF CONSTRUCTION
This type of work camp consists of participating in the construction of the social collective facilities notably: centers of young people, clinics, public latrines, libraries and school buildings, playgrounds in collaboration with the local communities in order to solve the problem of the lack of facilities. 
4.1. Construction of a multidisciplinary playground
General objective: 
The objective of the project is to participe in solving the lack of social educational and sport facilities in the communities. 
Activities: 
- The volunteers are going to participate in the activities of clearing, masonry and carpentry with the players of the different games,
- The volunteer will support the experienced mansions in the field of construction,
- Volunteers will fetch sand, water and set up the field of volleyball,
- Some forms of entertainment and sporting activities will also take place.
- The project will end by sport competitions. 

INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO 1: Kpalimé of the 12/07 at 1er/08/12 
To see description of Kpalimé (ASTO 7) 

4.2. Construction of a library in Yéviépé 
General objective: 
The objective of the project is to assist the population of Yéviépé in having a library. 
Activities: 
- The volunteers are going to participate in the activities of masonry, carpentry and painting with the population; 
- Molding blocks, Plastering the walls, Digging the soak away and fixing doors & windows.
- Volunteers will fetch sand, water
- Social and educational activities with the children and teenagers are associated to this project and are achieved according to a program established by the group of the volunteers; 
INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO 2: Yéviépé of the 16/07 at 05/08/12 
The village of Yéviépé is situated at 12 km from Kpalimé, not far from the border Togo - Ghana. With a population of about 2000 inhabitants essentially composed of farmers, Yéviépé is a very welcoming village. The chief of the locality is a very active young man who fights for the development of the village. It is also a village remarkable by its natural environment and its cultural diversity.  
 

 

TYPE VII
REFORESTATION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEFORESTATION
General objective:  
Participating in the fight against the destruction of the ecological environment through the organization of work camps in the rural areas of Togo.   
Activities:  
- Watering of the plants; 
- Cleaning up of the parcels to afforest; 
- Planting of trees;  
- Installation of advertising panels for the safeguard of the environment 
- Awareness campaign (talks, sketches, etc.) on the environment (bush fire, domestic garbage management, etc.); 
-  Social and educational activities with children and teenagers (with a particular accent on the environmental education); 
- Involvement to the communal activities: village cleaning up…. 

INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
Asto10: Agou Kébo Dalavé of the 13/08 at 02/09/12 /:  
Agou Kebo Dalavé (about 3000 inhabitants) is a locality remarkable of by its geographical particularity: mountainous region. It is situated not far from the highest summit of Togo (986m of altitude).  
The population is essentially composed of farmers and offers a particular hospitality. The village is also remarkable by its cultural diversity and the tropical fruits.

 

 

 

TYPE VIII
PEACE EDUCATION: «ALAFIA"
 General objective: 
It aims to develop the culture of peace in the communities.
Activities:  
- Exchange and sharing between the volunteers and the actors of local development to establish a document of work on non violence and necessary strategies for the implementation of the peace education project. During the sittings in workshops, it will consist of pointing out the different shapes of violence, those in relation with our communities. How can one manage to solve them? Which activities should be planned? This phase can last 3 to 5 days. 
- Identification and mobilization of the young people to implement the activities conceived in the 1st phase. In this phase, the volunteers will work with the village actors of development to sensitize the young on the culture of the peace by the means of talks, workshops of song, sketch, tale, theater, sport.  
- The volunteers present the activities and raise an awareness campaign during which the population and the local and administrative authorities will be invited (end of the project). 
INFORMATION ON THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECT
ASTO 5: Akpadapé of the 26/07 at 15/08/12 
The village of Akpadapé is situated at about 9 km from Kpalimé. It has a custom office by which pass a lot of goods in direction of Ghana. The village counts about 5000 inhabitants composed essentially of farmers. It is a locality marked by a strong cultural mixture: a lot of people speak English. 
ON OUR WORK CAMPS: 
Work is 5h/day from Monday to Friday. The weekend is reserved for the excursions of the group.  
The group decides on how to manage the schedule. 
Cultural activities: On all our work camps, you will have the playing of Djembé (drums) and traditional dances 
African day and European day: one day is dedicated to the Africans and another to the westerns to make discover their culture through the dishes, the games, songs, dances, clothing, etc. 

Day in family: one day of integration in a local family is organized to make the volunteers discover the daily life of our families.