Volunteering program


CDH’s projects are based on a sound assessment of local problems.  We can benefit from committed and enthusiastic people who bring ideas, and a variety of practical skills.

What is a volunteering program with CDH?

It is an exchange of knowledge and culture . It is more than simply unpaid work.  It has a formal character within an agreed timeframe.

Self-discovery is an essential part of the volunteer experience.  You will be confronted with a radically different way of life from what is familiar to you.  There is limited comfort, but you will be happy and eat healthily.

There is a participation fee to cover the project’s management, and there are other optional costs that can be added, if you wish.  You are responsible for your travelling expenses to Togo, and administrative costs such as vaccinations, visa, passport, insurance etc...

You need to have sound character and good physical condition, but do not have to possess particular skills.  It takes place in the Plateaux region of Togo, especially in Kpalimé and its surrounding villages, and sometimes in other regions of Togo. The volunteer programs are organised through field camp missions, practical training and encounter workshops. You should expect the living conditions and methods used may be different from those used in the global North. You should be adaptable to the local situation, the pace of life, and the customs and traditions of the local people.

It is not a tourist visit but rather a learning journey.  Volunteering with CDH is not so much a humanitarian mission as discovering and understanding a different way of life.


Mission steps

The steps to participating in a Centre des Hommes project as a volunteer:

1 - I understand the meaning of the CDH volunteering program.

2 - I seek to profit the local community.

3 - I select the project for which I am most suited, unless a substitution proves necessary.

4 - I communicate with CDH via e-mail or any requested form of contact.

5 - I prepare myself by participating in an online video conference with CDH to Confirm my project, and to allow any possible questions.

6 - I validate my participation in the project, sign a Volunteering Agreement with CDH, followed by a formal Letter Of Invitation.

7 - Once my place is confirmed, I organise my travel, documentation, insurance and associated arrangements.

8 - I participate in the project with CDH and the local community.

9 - I arrive as promptly as possible to meet the CDH community and any other participants.

10 - I try to profit to the maximum from the experience.

11 - I evaluate my experience at its conclusion by reviewing it.

12 - I share my experience after leaving, to make CDH’s work more widely known.

CDH offers the following volunteering programs in:

1 - School support, literacy and children's leisure activities (Education).

2 - Renovation or construction of village school classrooms (Education).

3 - Reforestation, vegetable garden creation and tree-planting at village schools  (Environment)

4 - Construction of an ecological village (Sustainable development)  or construction of school classrooms for villages suffering from school infrastructure (Fields Education). 5 - Raising awareness of recurrent diseases such as Malaria, HIV / AIDS, Cancer and Covid-19 with local vulnerable households. (Health and welfare).

6 - Engaging with cultural and artistic individuals and groups in work camps through different workshops for a period of three weeks (Arts and Culture).

7 - Installing playgrounds for children in village public spaces. (Community development).