Useful information for volunteers

Information about Togo, organisation and practical matters

Please read the information below before you fly to Togo.  After your stay, we would welcome as many constructive details as possible in your report to improve our practical information for future volunteers.

The country

Togo is a small country, 600 km long and 50 to 100 km wide. It is bordered to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, a low-lying sandy coastal area on the Atlantic Ocean, and to the north by the wooded savannah typical of West Africa. The population in 2020 was 8,608,444, composed of about thirty ethnic groups (the Ewe and Guin in the south, the Kabyè in the centre and north). 60% of the population is under twenty years old, but the infant mortality rate is very high. The time zone is one hour behind Paris in winter, and two hours in summer.

Travel and health

You can find information about travel, health requirements, and passport formalities (visa, insurance and bank) from several companies serving Togo. Various African airlines provide regular flights to Lomé.  Depending on the company, it has been between €400 and €500 for a round trip, although the Covid health crisis has made rates very variable.  Make sure you buy a ticket with a cancellation and modification option.  Members of the Centre des Hommes team will pick you up at Lomé airport. You must provide us with your dates, times and flight number as much in advance as possible.  You will need the address and the invitation letter of Centre des Hommes with you on the flight, as you will be asked for it during the official arrival questionnaire in Togo.

Estimated volunteer budget

The estimated budget we provide below gives an idea of roughly how much you need to bring to cover participation fees, travel expenses and other formalities and potential expenses necessary to benefit from the project.

Help and tips for financing your Mission

We also provide below some tips and advice for anyone who wants to volunteer with us.  It deals with raising funds, and opportunities to finance yourself wherever where you come from.