Immersion in framing families and school support

Immersion in framing families and school support

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Land
Togo
Soort werk
Cultuur, Kinderen, Landbouw
Projectduur
6 t/m 27 augustus
Aantal deelnemers
16 (8 mannen en 8 vrouwen)

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In collaboration with the village of Agou Akplolo, Astovot is launching an international work camp called "Immersion in farming families and school support". This workcamp offers volunteers the opportunity to integrate into the daily life of farming families, to learn new cultural knowledge and a new way of life. They will also discover the realities, expectations and needs of the local population, which is mainly agricultural, through stays with families, exchanges with the traditional chiefs, participation in agricultural work, visits to markets, etc. In addition to the immersion programmes, the volunteers will organise school support and socio-educational activities for the benefit of the village children.
General aims:
- To discover the culture and way of life of the people of Agou Akplolo through immersion stays and visits;
- To exchange ideas, opinions and ways of life for a better intercultural understanding and respect between volunteers and communities.
- To open the mind to other realities in order to learn and improve intercultural experiences.
- To test one's own abilities, professional and social skills and to challenge preconceptions.
Main activities
- Immersion in the peasant families: spending time with the families, accompanying them in their various activities (daily tasks, field work...etc.) ;
- School support classes and socio-cultural activities with the children in the afternoon ;
- Exchange meeting with the traditional authorities and the youth of the village on interculturality;
- Participation in cultural activities organised by the villagers;
- Visits to historical sites in the village; markets, places of worship ;
- Programme of socio-educational activities with the children: games, percussion, storytelling, reading, drawing, singing and dancing workshops, football gala...etc.

Accommodation is generally basic and specific to the project location. On site, volunteers are accommodated in groups of three or four people per room. The number of people per room depends on the collective organisation of the volunteers themselves. Depending on the location, volunteers may use dry toilets and showers without running water. This means that volunteers will have to fetch water from a fountain or a well. The association provides volunteers with plastic or foam mats. Volunteers who have sleeping bags, sleeping mats and a mosquito net can bring them with them if possible. Access to drinking water on the site. However, access to electricity and internet may be limited depending on the village. This is due to regular load shedding and difficulties in accessing the internet respectively.
During the workcamp, the volunteers will cook their own meals. An internal organisation will allow for the creation of groups that will alternate to carry out the different domestic tasks, including cooking. Food products used for cooking are sometimes imported, local and organic. The diet of each volunteer will be taken into account in the preparation of meals. Volunteers will have access to tropical fruits such as bananas, oranges, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, papayas, etc.

The canton of Agou Akplolo is one of the nine cantons of the prefecture of Agou. It is located about 121 kilometres from the capital, Lomé, in the southwest of Togo. Perched in the hills, Agou Akplolo enjoys a very pleasant and green climate with natural resources rich in tropical products (pineapples, bananas, avocados, oranges, cocoa, coffee, etc.). A large part of the active population is farmers. The village has a very rich cultural and traditional heritage that arouses admiration and curiosity. The village has a small dispensary, a primary school and a secondary school. The people of the village living in Togo or abroad contribute enormously to the development of the canton through the implementation of socio-educational and health projects. One of the assets of this village is the hospitality and warm welcome it gives to visitors.
In addition to the main activities of the workcamp, other activities are organised such as: discovery walks, hikes, festive outings and cultural meetings. These activities allow the volunteers to come into contact with the local population and to discover the Togolese culture.
During the weekends, collective excursions are organised by the volunteers and their leaders to discover the tourist sites of the region where the workcamp takes place. It should be noted that the expenses related to the excursions and the volunteers' outings are not included in the participation fees. However, the association can facilitate or negotiate transport for the volunteers during outings or excursions.

Created in 1957, the NGO Association Togolaise des Volontaires au Travail (ASTOVOT) is one of the first Togolese association. ASTOVOT is a secular, non-profit organisation that has been supporting international solidarity initiatives for several decades, as well as the self-promotion of rural communities through its support for local development projects. ASTOVOT's mission is to contribute to the socio-cultural development of local populations in the communes of the Kloto and Agou Prefectures through the realisation of collective utility projects and the involvement of young national and foreign volunteers. Today ASTOVOT is a reference in international volunteering and civic service in Togo. Each year, ASTOVOT welcomes several dozen international volunteers from Europe (Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg...) and Asia (Japan) thanks to solid partnerships with several organisations working in these fields such as SCI International, IJGD Germany, Solidarités Jeunesses, Compagnons bâtisseurs, Concordia, NICE Japan, Cadip Canada. Since its creation, the association has carried out numerous projects in its areas of intervention, with the aim of implementing a participatory approach with the local communities. The projects carried out include the construction of classrooms and eco-sanitary latrines, reforestation, socio-educational activities, the renovation of school buildings and sanitary facilities, and the setting up of awareness-raising workshops (on themes related to education, citizenship, agro-ecology, hygiene and health, and entrepreneurship). The association aims:
To contribute to the animation of life by the participation of Togolese and foreign volunteers in the realization of works of general interest;
To improve the living conditions of the local population by promoting their development and well-being through the protection of the environment and the socio-cultural heritage;
Supporting socio-educational and sports initiatives in rural communities;
To promote the movement of people and goods through international and intercultural exchanges

This project requires a high level of motivation on the part of the volunteers, as it involves a permanent mobilisation of the volunteers around the organised activities. Volunteers must have a real interest in interculturality and solidarity.

Projectnaam

Immersion in framing families and school support

Projectcode

ASTO 06

Land

Soort werk

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Startdatum

6-8-2023

Einddatum

27-8-2023

Aantal vrijwilligers

16 (8 mannen en 8 vrouwen)

Leeftijd

18 t/m 99 jaar

Lokale bijdrage

€ 220

Taal

Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 295, exclusief € 50 studentenkorting.
Let op: naast het inschrijfgeld betaal je ter plekke nog een lokale bijdrage van € 220.