Village school garden project

CDH volunteering program about village school garden.

CDH Volunteering Program to create a village school or public garden with useful plants, trees and flowers.

Project name: TYPE G

TYPE G is to create a village school or public garden.

Field: Education, Permaculture, Environment and Agriculture.

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Context and work involved

This project is within the framework of reforestation, agriculture and permaculture.  It is centred on the cultivation of vegetables and tropical plant varieties at schools in the villages surrounding Kpalimé. It requires volunteers willing and keen to learn about tropical agricultural products to help the poor population. A garden has to be set up on a piece of land of up to one hectare for a village, or for a school in a village. This project allows the involvement of children, young people and adults, generating an interest among them in agriculture, and particularly permaculture:

* The permanent use of the soil using organic fertilisation techniques and without using chemicals.

* How to lay out seed rows using precise measurementsas part of good garden practice.

* Procedures for creating, maintaining, harvesting a garden, and reworking the same soil for a new garden. This garden practice can then be transferred to farming.

* Students and young people in the villages have the opportunity to create their own business by growing vegetables and other plants based on permaculture.

This project is for anyone who is interested in agricultural production and environmental protection through permaculture.  It is also suitable for people to learn how to make a sustainable garden.

Seven villages have already donated the land for their garden.

Mission of the Volunteer

General objective of the mission:

Promote reforestation, grow profitable garden products under sustainable conditions, and develop sound agricultural practice and school children and the wider population.

Specific objectives of the mission

- Creating agricultural, permaculture and environmental activities to help the population

- Introducing agriculture in the education of young people

- Initiating an interest in environmental development by the cultivation of Togo's tropical products, using permaculture methods.

Missions / Activities

  • Planning activities required during and after the work camp.
  • Surveying and demarcation of the cultivation area and its constituent parts.
  • The tilling of the soil by all volunteers using appropriate basic tools.
  • Subdivision of the plots, using organic fertilisers depending on the crop, season and soil type and quality, for example, cabbage or spinach require much more N (Nitrogen for the leaves) than P (Potassium for the fruits) and K (Phosphorus for the roots) for profitable production.
  • Irrigation of seeds or plants by all volunteers.
  •  Ensuring that after the end of the work camp, the plots will be maintained and harvested by a village youth committee or students.


To achieve this project

  • Identify individual and group volunteers to motivate local youth to participate.
  • Volunteers must bring one or two sachets of good vegetable or plant seeds to the work camp.
  • Possession of land for the garden which is less than, or equal to one hectare.
  • Local volunteers and student and villager beneficiaries.
  • Necessary participation fees and donations in cash and kind.

Expected results

At the end of the work camp we have:

1   A garden for the village or school, with supporting photos of the work achieved.

2   The garden consists of tropical and suitable foreign plants

3   A plan for the maintenance of the plants after the work camp has ended.

4   Harvest after three or four months for the benefit of the village.

5   Continuing renewal of the garden.


  • 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.


All volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, honest and disciplined manner. They should abide by the reasonable requests of Center des Hommes staff. They are expected to inform their local supervisor of any trip away from the work area. CDH reserves the right to exclude anyone who behaves in an inappropriate way.


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 village school or public garden activities.  Duration of 21 days is possible with an emphasis on raising awareness on recurring themes in social and health fields.

NB: Long-term stay is not currently available.

Centre Des Hommes one of its village school garden volunteering program

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.

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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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