African Arts and Culture, learning experience workshop

CDH volunteering program about arts and culture workshop.

CDH Volunteering Program for active involvement in African arts and culture as a learning experience for volunteers.

Project name: TYPE W

TYPE W is to be actively involved in African arts and culture through workshops, as a learning experience for volunteers.

Field: Arts and Culture

Batik paint workshop in the field of education of arts work

Context and work involved

Africa has a wide cultural variety. In Togo, arts and culture display the identity and originality of the country's regions, attracting visitors from other countries. 

Centre des Hommes organises work camps for volunteers who wish for direct experience of African arts and culture through workshops over three weeks. The activities include sculpture (miniature art objects and a statuette), batik, ceramics, entomology and African musical instruments, such as djembe, castanet, balafon and xylophone.  Cultural activities will include African dance, percussion, learning and singing the Ewe language of Togo.  Each volunteer may choose three workshops to which will be added to the Ewe language course.

It is a discovery trip and learning experience in Togolese arts and culture. The professional artists who work with Centre des Hommes will assist you during your stay and your adventure.

Mission of the Volunteer

General objective of the mission:

Active experience of Togo’s arts and culture.

Specific objectives of the mission

  • Culturally create through sculpture, batik, ceramics, entomological samples and musical instruments.
  • Engage in African dance, percussion and singing 
  • Learn the Ewe language.
  • Prepare materials and work requiring professional input.

Missions / Activities

  • Elaboration with each volunteer the arts workshop that suits them from among sculpture batik, ceramics, entomology and musical instruments
  • Elaboration with each volunteer the culture workshop suits them from among dance, percussion and singing
  • Each volunteer does one workshop each week.

    • Ewe language is offered across the three weeks.


To achieve this project we seek:

  • Volunteers, expatriates in teams of twelve for work camps.
  • Several groups of twelve volunteers, groups or individuals.
  • Participation costs enabling the project, including accommodation and food.
  • Purchases of all materials for the workshops.
  • Assistance of masters and professionals.

    Each volunteer will do one workshop each week, and an Ewe course across three weeks except weekends.

Expected results

Each volunteer will have received a creative and educational experience, and be able to take their work home.


- Knowledge of the local educational environment.

- Leisure activities such as walks, outings, parties, African cuisine, entertainment, and an insight into African life.

- Direct contact with the population.

- Sharing of values ​​from the work camp through cultural exchange.

- A special excursion led by Centre des Hommes for volunteers.

- Discover a new culture and traditions, especially those of the EWES peoples.

- Discover the cultures, languages, cuisines, folklore and traditions of local and international volunteers.

- Involvement with, and understanding of the African communal approach to life through cultural activities such as drawing, theatre, reading, etc..

- Experience of active participation in an education project and learning about intercultural relations.

- A certificate for participation in a CDH volunteering program in Togo.

- The certificate can be be used for a CV and as evidence in a job search for students.

- Life-changing experience and the gaining of new life skills.


• Center des Hommes is not a marriage agency

• Quarrels, thefts, are strictly prohibited (those who do are: either sent back or punished or excluded or repatriated)

• Volunteers' outings or go outside and returns must be reported to the person in charge of the work camps or the right supervisor who is running the work camps or the main leader for the work camps of that renovation volunteering program.

• Indiscipline and lack of respect are not tolerated, but doing with the values of others is tolerated.


Kpalimé and its surrounding villages.

Kpalimé is a city located in the southwest of Togo, in the prefecture of Kloto. It is a city where agriculture is the main activity, from where comes more than 50% of the agricultural wealth of the country. Kpalimé is in Togo's mountainous region, with panoramic views, rivers, forests and tourist activities such as mountain walking and going to little-known waterfalls etc. Kpalimé is a city of artists, where most of the young people find their income from arts of all kinds. Around it are villages with real need is felt and calls on us to intervene.  The volunteering programs are focused on these villages.


Short-term stay volunteering for African arts and culture, learning experience workshop activities.  Duration of 21 days is possible with an emphasis on African arts and culture, learning experience workshop.

NB: Long-term stay is not currently available.

Centre Des Hommes one of its volunteering program mission/project of arts and culture. African danse workshop

Participation fees

Each expatriate volunteer must pay a participation fee of €800 euro to the NGO Centre des Hommes. This pays for accommodation, food, travel from Lomé to the work camp place, management of the project during the entire stay, and above all, for the project.  It also helps volunteers who cannot afford the participation fee to participate in the program.  Special outings are provided by the CDH from the participation fee.  For the best functioning of the project, we try to recruit volunteer groups of 20 people at a time.

Learn more about Participation Fees.


Any volunteers who will come to our project or program must receive an invitation letter, signed by the Executive Director of CDH. This invitation letter contains the reason for travel, the duration and so on. In addition to the invitation letter some other documents may be sent to the volunteer, or may be required from the volunteer, as proof of the right to enter the country. We invite you to contact us and make sure that you hold the necessary documentation before you leave from your country to Togo.

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