School Support projects

CDH Volunteering program for school support

through tutoring, literacy and leisure activities with children.

Project name: TYPE A

Tutoring and literacy projects in the school, through leisure or socio-educational activities with children. 

Field: Education

Volunteer educational work as an assistant to a local teacher or independently.

Support of school children in the field of education work

Context and work involved

Centre des Hommes offers volunteers the chance to tutor classes in a village near Kpalimé, or in other villages in Togo. The pupils suffer great academic shortcomings, such as in English, widely used as an international language, and especially French, the official language in Togo. Many children speak too little French or English in their families, made worse by the limited qualifications of some local teachers. In rural areas, teachers are often underpaid and poorly motivated.  Some teachers to work on farms to increase their income.  You can bring your talents to the rescue.  You can contribute to a better future for them.     

Our surveying shows that in the earlier years of education girls make more progress than boys, but as the years pass the number of girls decreases in the older years. Girls abandon school too early and thus become less literate. Their education becomes fragile, reducing their potential to contribute to society. The basic education of young girls is a priority for us at Centre des Hommes.   

This project is part of short or long duration stay missions, and is suited to people seriously interested in, and committed to intercultural relations.                                       


General objective of the mission:

Promote the education of school children, particularly young girls in rural locations, through school support, literacy and leisure or socio-educational activities.

Specific objectives of the mission

The activities are determined by these following objectives:
- Serve as an educator
-Program socio-educational activities with volunteers between 8 and 11.30 am, the school hours.
- Provide courses in French, English or German
- Create documentation and to develop the courses
- Facilitate socio-educational and literacy activities in kindergartens, nurseries, and orphanages, and with hearing and speech impaired children and adolescents.

CDH 2011 volunteering

Missions / Activities

Elaborate a planning of subjects under the assistance of the titular teachers. 

Volunteers placed in schools will assist teachers in their tasks in order to immerse themselves in the country's education system, enabling them to organise support courses in accordance with the country's current program.

The volunteers will be involved in their specialist subjects:
French, English, German, Spanish, drawing, music, sports, mathematics and physics.

The volunteers will develop or carry out cultural activities through workshops  in collage, drawing, games, storytelling, song and dance, modelling and handicraft.

Volunteers are invited to bring any documents that they can use in their work.

The volunteers will assist the teachers in the variety of daily work with the children.



To achieve this project we are looking for:
• volunteers in groups or as individuals for school support activities.

• several international volunteers are needed.• participation costs for running the project, accommodation and food.
• for school tools and supplies for permanent distribution to the children (pens, notebooks, textbooks etc.).
• donations from volunteers to carry out activities
• fundraising to support schools in villages.


Expected results

- At the end of the work camps, the children are well trained, and speaking improved French.
- Lessons are mastered by the children, and they pass the various exams.
- Education and development of an increased number of young girls, with a full number of admissions at the start of each school year.
- Children following socio-educational activities to develop their artistic, craft and cultural creativity.
- More than 100 children are grouped around the activities programmed for the volunteer work camps.                                                                                                                                                    - At the end of the volunteer work camps we see children leaving with new knowledge gained from the skills of the volunteers.



- 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 school support and leisure activities.  Duration of 21 days is possible with an emphasis on literacy, improving English and French.

Variable duration of volunteering for school support and leisure activities.  We offer two possibilities durations, based on volunteer needs.  A long term stay can last from three months to one year, which can be discussed between the volunteer and CDH.

Volunteers who want just to help for a short stay of around a month because of obligations in their home country, can do so.

NB: Long-term stay is not currently available.


Centre Des Hommes one of its Project about school support, tutoring, literacy and leisure activity of schoolchildren.

Participation fees

Each expatriate volunteer must pay a participation fee of €600 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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