With internships in Togo focusing mainly on volunteering, social work, and health care services, this country offers more than the usual business-related placements so common in more developed countries. As an intern abroad in Togo, you may get the opportunity to visit Tamberma Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its takienta (tower houses made of mud and straw) or go on a safari in the rare national parks and reserves. However, Togo's strongest draw is the people, who are widely considered charming and friendly.
Best Places for Internships in Togo
You’ll find the narrow strip of Togo sandwiched between Ghana and Benin in West Africa. Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa with a total land area of less than 24,000 square miles. The landscapes of the Togo locations range from coastal beaches to savannas to forested hills, so you’ll experience it all and then some. Here are some of the best cities for interning in Togo.
Lome. The capital and largest city in Togo at less than one million is located in southern Togo on the Gulf of Guinea. With a tropical savanna climate and lots of sunshine, this is a popular spot for tourists to go to the resorts. However, here you can explore the Togo National Museum, discover the voodoo market, and view colonial architecture. Being an industrial and administrative hub of Togo, you’ll find the majority of internships here.
Kara. This city that relies on agriculture as its main industry is located in northern Togo in the Kara Region with the Kara River flowing through the city. If you’re an avid animal lover, then be sure to explore wildlife at Parc de Sarakawa, where you can see the antelope, buffaloes, ostriches, zebras, and more.
While most Togo locations for internships are in urban areas, you might also visit smaller towns as part of the projects, such as Kpalime, Dapaong, and Aneho, where your experience will be more intimate and interpersonal. You’ll have more opportunities to learn more about different peoples as well as see various colonial and housing structures.
Popular Togo Internship Fields
Your internship in Togo will be unique, as you will be off-the-beaten track in a small but diverse country. Togo offers a range of intern abroad programs that cater to wide range of different interests. Here are a few popular types of internships for international students in Togo.
Education. Educational facilities in Togo are in high demand of participants looking to assist teachers with large class sizes. With Ewe and French being the top spoken languages, you can teach English to help open doors for the youth. You could also teach other subjects like science or math.
Social work. You can also find human rights internships, where you’ll be empowering children and women in rural communities, raising awareness, and planning campaigns in one of the world’s poorest countries. If you’re interested in social work or legal work, then these types of internships are your best bet to dipping your toe in the field.
Healthcare. From midwifery to HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, Togo provides a plethora of internships in healthcare fields. You will be providing vital support to the staff in hospitals and clinics, so you’ll learn the ropes firsthand in a country that desperately needs your help.
Costs of Interning in Togo
About half of the population live below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, which is why most programs are unpaid and offer placements in social work, community development, and nutrition. Many programs offer food and housing as compensation. With Togo being an affordable country, you won’t have to worry too much about spending extra on personal expenses and other excursions. It’s best to apply for scholarships and fundraise, like through FundMyTravel, to help you cover the the major costs.
Accommodations in Togo
Most Togo internships provide accommodations with local families to maximize immersion in the culture. While living with a host family, interns get the chance to learn the local lingo by conversing with members of family, and of course get the privilege of sampling homemade Togolese cuisine. Because Togo is a developing country, don’t expect Internet access, air conditioning, and hot water while you’re there.
Visas for Togo
Before you visit Togo, you’ll need to apply for a visa prior to arrival. The visa requirements vary based on citizenship and duration of the internship, but you will need a yellow fever vaccination and a passport. Your visa will only last seven days, so you’ll need to reapply if you’re staying longer to avoid paying extra fees. Make sure you have ample passport pictures as well. Program coordinators and GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory can assist with the process.
GoAbroad Insider Tips
Interning in Togo is an opportunity to give your time and services to others who are in need, grow personally and professionally along the way, and gain skills that will help you on your career path.
Togo faces many challenges as a developing country, and it ranks as one of the lowest on the Human Development Index. You’ll need to consider your health and safety as high priorities here, so make sure that you talk to a doctor before visiting.
From the stunning Atlantic coastline to the musical celebrations, you’ll experience a kaleidoscope of the Togo culture while you’re here interning in Togo!