This project initiated by ASTOVOT makes it possible to put volunteers in contact with the African peasant world, in particular that of Togo. It consists of helping peasant families in their fields or plantations and discovering the agricultural techniques they have developed since the time of their ancestors. Thus the volunteers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various facets of Togolese agriculture, namely: Seasonal crops, vegetables and vegetable crops as well as crops to be marketed (coffee, cocoa, palm oil … etc. – The maintenance of soil fertilization – The improvement of the care and feeding of livestock, mainly the development of poultry farming which is an Income Generating Activity.
During their stay, they will accompany several families in their rural activities and will exchange with them on new innovative practices that improve their performance while being part of the values of sustainable development. They will also organize reforestation activities in the village.
This project is also a space for intercultural exchange and reflection to discover the realities of the Togolese peasant world.
GOALS OF THE PROJECT
The aim is to contribute to the improvement of intercultural and peasant exchanges between different cultures.
– To help peasant families in their field work;
– Organize exchange meetings on agricultural practices;
– Immerse yourself in the Togolese tradition in families;
– The volunteers will help the families in several rural activities (plowing, weeding, gathering, reforestation, clearing, seeds … etc.);
– Organization meetings in several families to discuss the Togolese culture (talks, dances, songs, proverbs, stories … etc.);
– Meetings with farmers’ groups or cooperatives to discuss greener agricultural practices;
– Reforestation (several species) of the public places of the village
Housing conditions are generally primitive.
The volunteers will be housed together in the same house with several rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms) and will live near the project site. Housing will be provided with plastic mats or straws but volunteers can however provide small inflatable mattresses or small floor mats (no bed), sleeping bag, mosquito nets etc. The kitchen will be organized by the volunteers themselves.
Volunteers will cook and eat together their meals. In the kitchen, they will use the local products. There are many various vegetables and fruits in location, so vegetarian and vegan diets can be continued. NB: Clean drinking water available.
Internet access and electricity are limited according to the areas of intervention of the projects.
Apart from the activities to be carried out on the building site, you can enjoy walks, meetings with the particularly welcoming population, organize parties and excursions to visit the surrounding villages.
Created in 1957, the NGO Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work (ASTOVOT) is one of the first Togolese associations. As a non-profit layman, ASTOVOT has been supporting international solidarity initiatives for a number of decades, as well as the self-promotion of grassroots communities through local development projects. Today, it remains a great reference in terms of international volunteering and civic service in Togo. Each year, the NGO ASTOVOT receives dozens of volunteers from European countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg…) and also from Asia (Japan) thanks to its partnership with several organizations working in the field of international volunteering and civil service. With a staff of six (6) people within the Coordination, the Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work (ASTOVOT) is an association of International Volunteering and Local Development with the objective of:
– Contribute to the animation of the life by the participation of the Togolese and foreign volunteers to the realization of the works of general interest;
– Contribute to improving the living conditions of local populations by promoting their development and well-being by safeguarding the ecological, socio-cultural, educational and health environment;
– Promote the movement of people and goods through international and intercultural exchanges;