African Arts and Culture, learning experience workshop

CDH Volunteering Program About Arts and Culture Work Camp.

Workshop of artistic and craft activities. Volunteers Mission/Project

This Volunteering program Mission/Project is about to do African Arts as learning experience for the volunteers.


Project denomination:  TYPE W

TYPE W is to do African Arts (Several workshop in arts and culture fields) which is a learning experience for the volunteers

Field: Arts and Culture

MOBILISATION OF VOLUNTEERS FOR LEARNING EXPERIENCE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP IN ARTS AND CULTURES ACTIVITIES.

Batik paint workshop in the field of education of arts work

General context and The works volunteers have to do.

Africa in general is full of varieties of cultures and arts. In Togo, arts and culture make the identity and the originality of the country's regions. The whole of this cultural, artisanal and landscape richness makes the country an opportunity of visits and attracts the visitors of the other countries.

Centre Des Hommes organises a solidarity work camps for volunteers who wish to have work experience in Africa activities of arts, craft and culture fields through workshops during three weeks. The activities that will be done in the field of arts and crafts are - sculpture (miniature art objects and statuette), Batik, ceramics, entomology (educative experience of Togo Africa insects and butterflies) and African musical instruments (Djembe, castanet, balafon or xylophone etc.)
The activities that will be done in the field of culture are - African dance, percussion, singing and learning the Ewe language of Togo will be offered to the volunteer. Each volunteer who are interested may chose three workshops to do and that will be add with the Ewe language course during this three weeks of stay. 

Not only it is a discovery trip, but it is a learning experience in the arts and culture fields of Togo's. The professional artists who work in cooperation with Centre Des Hommes will assist you during your stay and your learning adventure. 

Do you like African Arts, Cultures and crafts then this work camp or this learning trip is for you.

Mission of the Volunteer

General objective of the mission:

WORK EXPERIENCE IN TOGO's AFRICAN ARTS, CULTURE AND CRAFT FIELDS THROUGHOUT DIFFERENT LEARNING, APPRENTICESHIP WORKSHOP.

Specific objective of the mission

Activities are determined by:

- Painting the walls, carpentry for the roofs and masonry for the terraces and the walls of the classrooms of four large buildings.

-The mobilisation of volunteers around the activities by a regrouping.

- Initiation of the work that should be done on the four buildings by professionals.

- Distribution of the work that should be done equally in teams of three people, two locals and one expatriate.

- Show the volunteers the start of painting masonry and carpentry.

Missions / Activities

• Elaboration of an action plan for the renovation with the presence of one or more specialist, professionals in renovation, peinture and others activities for all volunteers present. • Installation of artisanal work tools by their immediate fabrication in the renovation place and this is done by volunteers after the professionals intervention. Learning how to craft work tools for painting or basting. • Search for water, fine sand for the work that should be done • Preparation of quicklime with water to form the paints that should be used in place of the village school. • Learn how to mix cement and water for cementing deck holes, wall cracks and more. • Learn how to paint walls, masonry, plastering, carpentry

Strategies

To achieve this project we are calling for:

• The search for volunteers, expatriates in groups of twelve in team for the work camps in order to be able to make an equal distribution for the animation of the activities.

• Several group of twelve volunteers are needed. group of scouts are recommended.

• The participation costs are for the realisation of the project also including accommodation and food. • Purchases of all materials for paints, lime and others tools for the work of the repairing buildings.

• Assistance of masters, professional in masonry, whitewash and carpentry.

• Donations from volunteers to carry out activities. • Research of fund to accompany the support of the school so that they can take care of their infrastructure anytime.

Expected results

We would like to see the end of this work camps program succeeded by colouring, painting the walls, we are waiting to repair the holes in the terraces, redo the roof, we envisage to fix the cracks in the walls, we would like to see the school again in a new state. At the end of the work camps, we see the school buildings which have become new again for their new use.

THE POSSIBILITIES OFFERED TO VOLUNTEERS

• Direct contact and rapid approach to the population

• Sharing of values in the work camps through cultural exchange

• A special excursion lead by Centre Des Hommes administration for the volunteers

• Discovered the new culture and traditions especially those of the EWES peoples.

• Discovered the cultures, languages, foods, folklore and traditions of local and international volunteers.

• Several leisure activities, walks, outings, hiking in the mountain, visiting waterfalls, parties, African Togolese cuisine, entertainment, African life are offered to volunteers.

• Fraternities in group life and the solidarity life of African  are learned through an initiation into the stage, by creating theatre, sketch for example.

• For expatriate volunteers an approach for the integration into the municipality, the local indigenous life and community.

• Knowledge of active participation in the Renovation project of CDH and the learning of intercultural relations

. A certificate of participation in volunteering with Centre Des Hommes in Togo will be issued to you at the end of the work camp or your experience and learning trip which will be used for your CV and will play a role in the job search for students.

. Life change experience and gain new life skill.

 

PROHIBITED ON WORK CAMPS

• 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.

THE LOCATION WHERE WILL TAKE PLACE PROJECT ABOUT ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE MISSION/PROJECT

PLACES: Kpalimé and its surrounding villages.

Kpalimé is a city located in the southwest of Togo and is the prefecture of kloto. Kpalimé is a city where agriculture is the main activity of these populations and from there comes more than 50% of the agricultural wealth of the country. Kpalimé is also a city where most of Togo's mountains are in its surroundings with panoramic views, rivers, forests and tourist activities such as going for walks in the mountains, going to uncovered and undiscovered waterfalls etc. Kpalimé is the city of artists where most of the young people find their income in the feasibility of arts of all kinds. Around there are sympathetic villages where the need is felt and calls on us to intervene for the good cause and to provide a solution to these needs. It is from these villages that you will carry out the activities of volunteering program concerning renovation of rural school classroom and building.

TIMES DURATION OF THE PROJECT ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE MISSION/PROJECT

TIME OF THE MISSIONS: We offer only one possibilities of time to stay.

The reason is simple, the renovation volunteering program can not stand for long duration simple because the renovation is done with the village community and  lot of workforce are involving in. Therefor the duration is always short term stay for the program of renovation. The volunteers come and bring their help for short stay duration and the can not afford more than one mouth because of their duties at their home country. We offer them a possibility to stay and to help for one month. 

However THE LENGTH OF TIME THE VOLUNTEER WILL STAY depends of himself.

SHORT TIMES STAY DURATION FOR THE PROJECT ABOUT ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE MISSION/PROJECT

TIME FOR SHORT STAY: For the volunteering program concerning school classroom and building renovation volunteering program support by volunteers presence, It is always 21 days (In work camps: school classroom and building renovation volunteering program) Program for the "short-term" renovation work camps.

LONG TIMES STAY DURATION FOR THE PROJECT ABOUT ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE MISSION/PROJECT

TIME FOR LONG STAY: THE MISSIONS OF LONG TERM IS NOT APPLY IN THIS PROGRAM

NB: Long time stay is not available anymore now for some time.

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 500 euro for the NGO Centre des Hommes. The 500 euro participation fee is used for all accommodation, food, travel from Lomé to the work camp place, management of the project during the entire stay, and above all, this fee is used for the realisation of the project and to help certain volunteers who cannot afford the participation fee to be able to participate in the program, special outings are given by the NGO in the participation fee. In order to better understand this project and for its good realisation we would like to identify groups of volunteers of 20 people. Learn more about  all information concerning Participation Fees.


Information:

Any volunteers who will come to our project or program must receive an invitation letter which will be signed by the Executive Director of CDH. This invitation letter contains the reason for the travel, the duration and so one. In addition to the invitation letter some other documents can be sent to the volunteer or can be required from the volunteer as proof and evidence to enter the country. We invite you to contact us and make sure that you hold the necessary documentation before you take off from your country to Togo. Learn more all about Volunteer Useful Information

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