Nursing & Midwifery work in Togo with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad volunteer teacher and her students Projects Abroad volunteer teacher and her students

Nursing & Midwifery work in Togo with Projects Abroad

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement


  • Program Administration


  • Living Situation


  • Community Engagement


  • Health & Safety


  • Day to Day Life


6 Week Midwifery Placement

I spent 6 weeks volunteering in the maternity unit of a public hospital in Togo's capital city Lome. The overall experience from start to finish was very smooth, with staff communicating with me from pre-departure to after my return. The staff at Projects Abroad are extremely helpful and are always available to answer questions. The work placements are admittedly a bit hit-and-miss, with some volunteers feeling not totally useful at their jobs. I personally had an excellent placement, although due to the significant culture difference there were tasks I didn't feel comfortable completing as they didn't align with my personal training (this is not at all the fault of Projects Abroad of course). Projects Abroad organized weekly events for the volunteers to participate in- some with an "outreach" purpose and others simply for socializing among the volunteers. The only downfall would be that there is a certain degree of limitation on the experience as Projects Abroad closely monitors their volunteers and at times this can feel slightly overbearing (enforcing curfews, chaperoning trips and outings, etc) although of course this may be a very desirable quality for someone who is traveling for the first time. Overall, I would recommend the organization and feel that the price is reasonable for the experience you get (travel insurance, food, accommodations, airport transfers, 24/7 support).

  • Projects Abroad responded to this review March 02, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Dear Amy. It's great to hear you enjoyed your time on your placement. It can be a bit difficult to adjust to the cultural differences, especially in Medicine-related projects but as you may have learned, it's only a matter of discussing this with your supervisor. They are always at hand to make sure you are comfortable with the work that you are doing and that you are as helpful as you can around the hospital. As for safety, we do take this matter very seriously and work hard to make sure our volunteers are safe and supervised. The most important thing to us is that you have a safe and worthwhile experience, which it looks like you did! Thanks for sharing!

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