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LMTV ASTO 08 TOGO KpalimeTOGO... ART,CULT 11/01/2024 31/01/2025

ASSISTANCE TO TRAINERS AT THE KPALIMÉ ARTS AND CRAFTS COLLEGE (CEAA) | LMTV ASTO 08 | 2024-01-11 - 2025-01-31 | ART,CULT | Age: 18 - 75

The NGO Association Togolaise des Volontaires au Travail (ASTOVOT) has more than 60 years of experience in international voluntary service. Each year, it welcomes many volunteers from all over the world on short, medium and long term volunteer projects (3 weeks to 12 months) in Togo. These projects allow the national volunteers (about 200) to work hand in hand with the international volunteers and to create a real intercultural exchange throughout the year. ASTOVOT is a member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVSUNESCO) and of the Network of Africa Voluntary Organizations (NAVO), and is in partnership with several volunteer organizations in Europe, Asia, the United States, Canada and Africa. Its projects focus on community development through the promotion of education and citizenship, health, social, environmental protection and intercultural learning, renovation and construction of socio-community infrastructures.

Work: Project Description: The Kloto craft centre was set up in the late 60s and combines training with the manufacture and marketing of art objects. There is a wide variety of handicrafts: wood carvings, pottery, batiks (prints on canvas, T-shirts and loincloths, etc.) and macramé. The programme offers an opportunity for all volunteers wishing to contribute their experience, to learn and exchange in the field of handicrafts with the staff and learners of these centres. You will be able to learn local skills in drawing, ceramics, woodcarving, dyed batik, loincloth weaving, painting, sewing, etc., as well as sharing your passion and experiencing a real artistic and craft exchange. Work Description: ✔ Assist the centre s teachers in their daily work with the young learners ✔ Learn local techniques ✔ Will therefore work with young apprentices and young artists and help them to develop their creativity and talents. ✔ Take part in workshops on pottery, sculpture, sewing, hairdressing, jewellery making, painting, batik, etc. NB: It is important to make it clear to volunteers enrolled on this project that they are not there to take a fast-track training course. This is a project of cultural and artistic discovery and exchange. The training depends on the programme drawn up by the centre s administration

Accomodation and food: International volunteers working on long to medium term projects are accommodated with Togolese host families. The families are chosen according to their proximity to the volunteer splace of work. They provide a private room for the volunteers as well as drinking water and 3meals a day (meals are adapted according to the diet of each volunteer). The volunteer remains independent and is free to go out and participate in activities of his/her choice. Living with a host family allows a total immersion in Togolese life to discover all its facets

Location: KpalimeTOGO

Location and Leisure: Situated 120 km north of Lomé, the commune of Kpalimé is the ideal place for nature lovers and hikers who wish to discover beautiful mountainous landscapes and tropical flora. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to refresh yourself at the water s edge. Kpalimé is also home to the most important craft center of the country where a very large number of artists and craftsmen have settled. In addition to the project, volunteers are free to pursue leisure activities such as discovery walks, hikes, festive outings and cultural encounters. These activities enable the volunteers to come into contact with the local population and discover Togolese culture. Please note that expenses relating to excursions and outings by volunteers are not included in the participation fees.

Train/Bus station: There is a member of our organization who is in charge of welcoming volunteers at Lomé airport. He will take care of your accommodation in Lomé. - The price of a taxi between the airport and the bus station or the hotel varies between 6000 and 10000 FCFA (between 9€ and 15€), - Transportation is by bush taxi or a bus that takes you to Kpalimé. The ASTOVOT headquarters is the meeting place for the volunteers and also the starting point for the project and Host family. The distance between Lomé-Kpalimé is 121 km and the duration is 1h 45 to 2h drive. The price of a taxi between Lomé and Kpalimé is 3000 FCFA at the parking places (5€). We advise volunteers to pay 5,000 CFA francs for the driver to take you back to the association s headquarters.

Requirements: To take part in this project, you must be aged 18 or over. Open-mindedness, optimism, , motivation, initiative, ability to adapt to the realities of Togolese society, etc.

There is a member of our organization who is in charge of welcoming volunteers at Lomé airport. He will take care of your accommodation in Lomé. - The price of a taxi between the airport and the bus station or the hotel varies between 6000 and 10000 FCFA (between 9€ and 15€), - Transportation is by bush taxi or a bus that takes you to Kpalimé. The ASTOVOT headquarters is the meeting place for the volunteers and also the starting point for the project and Host family. The distance between Lomé-Kpalimé is 121 km and the duration is 1h 45 to 2h drive. The price of a taxi between Lomé and Kpalimé is 3000 FCFA at the parking places (5€). We advise volunteers to pay 5,000 CFA francs for the driver to take you back to the association s headquarters.

Language: fra

Extra Fee: 290 EUR

It is essential to apply for a visa before flying to Togo. We advise volunteers to apply for a tourist visa, as there is no section reserved for volunteers. ASTOVOT will send you a letter of invitation before you apply for your visa. It prepares the files requested before obtaining the visa. The visa application must be made online via the Togolese government website. Consult the following link for more information: https://voyage.gouv.tg/ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION There is an infosheet for each project which contains information on the conditions of participation, contacts, necessary information on pre-trip preparations, arrival in Togo, transport, accommodation, planning of project activities...etc. The infosheet is sent individually to the volunteers after their registration to the projects. If you have any questions about a project or the Astovot association, please do not hesitate to contact us : Email : coordinationastovot@yahoo.fr workcamp@astovot.org If you are interested in several projects, please let us know. We will try, as far as possible, to combine several projects. It is usually best to send a list with an order of preference. If you choose a single project and it only occupies a few hours per day, it will be possible to decide how to complete your schedule according to your desires and interests and the needs of our partners. It takes about a month between the acceptance of the project and the arrival on site. Indeed, some administrative steps have to be taken in order to welcome you. Once your project has been accepted, we will send you an official invitation letter ASTOVOT doesn't have any insurance covering international volunteers. Volunteers should contact the sending organisation for more information. It is important for volunteers to have health insurance. We recommend not carrying a lot of cash. They should bring bank cards to make withdrawals when they need them for purchases.