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Community Based Organization

Organization Location: 
Centre Des Hommes
  • Kpalime, Togo
French, English
Organization Description
CENTRE DES HOMMES is a non-governmental organization that works to provide support and assistance to the most vulnerable populations through collective participation of projects in Education - Agriculture- sain- Health- Environment Cultural and Social. To achieve our goals, volunteering is one way that we prefer because it allows to pool our collective resources to individual for the cummunity profit.

We have gained experience in work camp and projects we run for years, and willing to share it with all those who will work with us.

CENTRE DES HOMMES is an NGO apolitical, secular and non-profit started by youth volunteer leaders decided to make their competence a source of human development, sustainable, participatory and real.

- Facilitate meetings between people
- Direct and produce work camps to the needs of the most affected populations
- Facilitating knowledge by relations, collaboration with other organization and expand our partnership network
- Work for the development of networks Networks.
- Work for the management of major school construction projects, public toilets, libraries, computer rooms, eco-villages

Search rural and urban basic balance in cultural exchange

-To Promote rural development through volunteerism
-To Promote volunteerism by an exchange channel between North and South through cultural exchange.
-To Promote the eduction and socio-cultural development
Promote economic integration and development of young children and adults.

Meets our objectives, Centre Des Hommes speak in:
- Crafts - Tourism
- Education-Health
- Clean Environment Agriculture-



The dry season in winter and spring four times Works camps where four estates of hosts volunteers in the winter and spring 2016 program.
Of opportunities for volunteers so that everyone who is interested finds its opportunity to make this trip to Togo for total immersion and a rewarding experience.
Dates for dry season 2017 The program will be in January till to April 2017. Tree weeks each in three time but Volunteer can extend his stay during the entire program.
over the possibility of paragliding in the sky of Togo
We ask participants to schedule their day to arrive in Togo a day before the date announced for the beginning of activities Works camps or work camps. Thank you to take this information seriously.

Please register for the trip as soon as possible as places are limited and you will need time to plan your trip.
INFORMATION: A participant can voluntarily extend its discretion and taste according to the continuity of the program for several work camps. The cost remains the same.

REGISTRATION; Eligibility and How to join this Journey!!!
Are you between 18 and 68 years motivated to bring your knowledge closer to the poor then you are invited to share in this event of course you must have good character and spirit. The end of construction camps is sanctioned by the awarding of a construction camps with participation certificate of good character and spirit. motivated to bring your knowledge closer to the poor then you are invited to share in this event of course. We are looking for people of any nationality, who have an open mind to follow the flow or project progress and can take the problems seriously and inevitably act for a solution approach. You must have good character and spirit. The end of construction camps is sanctioned by the awarding of a construction camps with participation certificate of good character and spirit. So to join you need to book your air flight early from your country to Lome-Togo to avoid the price of air flight ticket be expensive. You need to obtain your visa in your country to Togo. There is a possibility even if you did not receive your visa of Togo in your country know that you can have your visa in the entry of the airport in Lome-Togo. In that case you need to extend the visa in the next following day!!! We are here to take care of this for you so do not worry about the visa!!! The first arrival must be in the 05th till to 24th January but if you choose to come in our program February note that you will attend the program of Second time and you choose to come in March you will attend the program of April. You only need to make contact with the project manager

We ask participants to schedule their day to arrive in Togo a day before the date announced for the beginning of activities Works camps or work camps. Thank you to take this information seriously.

Participants Volunteers working (6H / day) 6 hours per day with the addition of their competence in the following activities.
• The nursery work activities for trees to plant in the next rainy season.
• The site design activities by designing a site map with all the participants and the construction of a canopy bridge
• Green building work rooms.
• Volunteers once on the field will have an intensive one-day training to raise awareness of local residents against the use of fertilizers or fertilizers and soil chemical pesticides
• Educational activities for environmental protection and introduction to peramaculture. Volunteers for Education of permaculture to the public are invited to take part in the contest for the best events that become or to care for people.
• The coures educations in the language native to volunteers by local volunteers. Volunteers will then teach in the local language EWE.
• Classes for the coures of tropical agriculture, coures of permaculture, composting, organic farming without chemical Fertiliser for all participants.
• The cultural immersion activities in Togo, djembe manufacturing artistic batik workshop and cultural cuisine, dance, song and Agbadja Akpéssè two Togolese volunteers whose rhythms are danced on these markets and not
• The end of each festival Works camps with market tours excursions and art exhibitions and a great celebration with percussion dance artists instead.
add news volunteering program for this year2017.
- Permaculture classes theory and practice
- Cooking!!! Together learn with the local volunteer how is Togolese and African cooking
- Ewe local language lesson to the international volunteer
- Arts workshop of madding Djembe and Batik
- Tree nursery work activities for the next raining season
- Drumming and excursion to the tourist place, waterfall and hacking.

Participants of the dry season of programs will continue where former participants stopped. With the creation of arts and implementation of sustainable solutions to the website of the Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes and the water front community. The volunteers will work together with the experiences of educator’s permaculture, ecological building experiences, and experiences of organic farming with the collective participation of villagers and local volunteers. All these participants will bring their skills, their experience, their reflection in the harmony of science and modern art deep practical knowledge to create or build.

We made the details for assessments through the population of the village and make it a village map to recognize the number of population and the role of habitats in a good spirit of appreciation of the community. We have established a working base camp; initially by completing the construction of the project on the site that will become a training center. We developed clean up the slope to build ditches and prepare the ground for planting trees. The trees are planted to create food forest. We set up the construction of a central demonstration permaculture, mushroom production and processing of food from our crops locally. We installed a compost on the site.
Unfortunately during the season of heavy rain all our buildings are partly due to the high rainfall. That is why we will rebuild everything and stronger and your new intervention with your skill and his force are borne by just a participation fee to take us forward in the work. We are looking so fans both in Financial Technical plan. We have no funding for anyone or any organization yet. We ask only collect pennies for the project 'Construction Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes.

We have also made environmental education activities in village schools through courses on the dangers carry the plastic thrown on the ground and in practice children by collecting bottles and plastic waste into a bench with clay for the public.
In additional We teach through the course participants on topics Permaculture, the overall dangers of the world on climate change, courses on how to make a compost or make a compost in his field. To this end, we are looking for volunteers to permaculture courses to the local population.

Know that we have a project for every summer of a year that we host volunteer for the volunteering project like
VOLUNTEERING – WORK CAMP Every year winter spring summer and autonom!!!!
Accessible volunteering project for volunteers in a work camp for three weeks
Available. The projects are:
- Tutoring Literacy Children animated recreation
-Education Peace, tolerance
-Workshop of Artistic and Cultural issue
- Renovation or Construction
school buildings villages
-Awareness On diseases
incurable in circles
School Villages HIV / AIDS
- Reforestation in the Association land
and environmental protection work
in the villages
- Project Permaculture and construction of an ecological village.

Mandatory participation fee for participants
The total cost for each three weeks of the winter- spring programs is $ 600 USD OR 390EURO. Before you decide which to purchase the participation fees, please consider that the Work Camp of the NGO CENTRE DES HOMMES is not a source of profit. It’s part of our mission to connect people from all walks of life with each other and with breakthrough ideas that can positively transform the world. If we were to charge what it costs, we would have a $600 USD or 490EURO of price across the board just to break even.
When you pay it forward by buying a necessary of the work camp, you make it possible for someone who shares your commitment but has more limited funds to join in this movement. Registration fees, in part, allow covering the expenses of local participants in order to participate in a program they would otherwise never be able to experience. For many of our members of the local community, the program is even more life changing for our foreign volunteers.

Thank you for all you do – we’re excited you’ll be a part of the work camp of the volunteer trip in this winter and spring 2017 in Togo west Africa.

A 5% reduction for groups of 10 people!!! What would signify that there is a reduction of $ 300 USD OR 200euro for a group of ten volunteers People?


To embark on this adventure of the dry season in Togo in project construction of the Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes?

Would you take part in this important work of development of the people especially the most vulnerable in this intense dry season?


We are looking for people of any nationality, who have an open mind to follow the flow or project progress and can take the problems seriously and inevitably act for a solution approach. However the real things will be the African time. Despite the best intentions of everyone the simple things take time to achieve or caller in the country with very limited resources. The best strategy is to find solutions to approaches with a sense of adventure and fun for the project.

Despite the need for inexperienced to participate in these programs for the development of the population, we ask that volunteers have an eagerness or more motivated. We ask volunteers interested in participating in these events to bring their skills possible in order to learn the experiences of green buildings, sustainable food system reports, tropical agriculture, learn alternative development model and inters actions between cultural exchange. If it turns out that you knew nothing about these issues, then this is the opportunity for you to catch up by joining the Works camps we organize for development of the population. However some research in these areas before making the trip to Togo is recommended you for the rest of your adventure in Togo. This volunteer trip to Togo is timely and is ideal for individuals who have experience on matters in hand. This is really the right place for those who have had or received during permaculture design education and who need to come next steps to learn are also invited to these events in the construction of the Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes.

At the Ecovillage CENTRE DES HOMMES, we see the world today as having two dominant cultures.

The first culture is paramount and rapid dissemination of modern culture (also known as consumer or industrial culture, westernized, McDonald).

The second is the culture (s) or traditional native who came before modern culture. We say "culture (s) indigenous" because it is not really a culture in the same way that modern culture but is the same wherever you go because it marks you this culture with its incredible diversity.

What we offer to the ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES is a place for two cultures to meet face to face. As a volunteer on one of our trips then you will be living in a close community of people from all over the world as well as local villagers who many of their traditional ways of life remain intact.

More than just a meeting in a faraway place you, the ECOVILLAGE A CENTRE DES HOMMES these two cultures meet on a piece of land to Kpimé- Séva Togo to create something new together. Let's say we do together to work together and the contributions of the creative minds or bring visions to life in a way that has never been done before.

We actively create CULTURE future.

To future culture we are creating in bringing together the best of modern and native culture, showing what is possible through collaboration. We need the next crop to adopt solutions to major crises of humanity.

Registration fees, in part, allows to cover the expenses of local participants in order to participate in a program they would otherwise never be able to experience. For many of our members of the local community, the program is even more life changing for our foreign volunteers.

Living in a small group with a diversity of backgrounds and world views is not always easy. We ask that volunteers are sensitive to the customs and traditions of our members of the Togolese community. (Do not worry, we'll give you a full briefing on what it is the custom of Togolese local when you arrive in Togo.) We also ask that volunteers are sensitive to very large economic gaps that exist between local participants and foreigners. We ask that you make a complaint to the local electronic device some member namely PCs, laptops, and other computer tools. We plan to install or set up on the plot of land that we have where we do the project on-site wireless system so that people can directly or volunteers share their stories lived on the camp sites to world population whole through social networks.

It is best to come with a real opening to learn the culture of the local community and a willingness to share your own culture. We encourage you to bring your musical instruments, crafts, stories, games and home. These give light rainy afternoon!

Description of the Ewe language courses for Aboriginal volunteers

As a unique part of our volunteer program we regularly keep Ewe language courses especially for volunteers from other countries. The Ewe is in the local language of the region where the Togo CENTRE DES HOMMES ECOVILLAGE is located. We found that even know the most basic phrases Ewe goes a long way and will bring you very far in terms of connection with the local community. You will be amazed how the face of a villager on if you say hello in their native language. After centuries of suppression of the Ewe language, as well as other traditional languages in West Africa by the French colonialism, it is an important part of our work to ECOVILLAGE CENTER DES HOMMES to celebrate the native way to communicate. Richly alive, the Ewe culture, full of unique traditions and unspoilt religion organized around a creator deity / creatress, Mawu

Arts Immersion
Many members of our Togolese team are master artists and musicians from West Africa. Throughout the trip, you will have the opportunity to discover their work and learn yourself, if you choose.

We will spend time to host exhibitions on site. For note that at the basis of the creation of CENTRE DES HOMMES is the artistic works of craftsmen and artists belonging to the Association who serve after selling the funding source for projects that we and this achievement since its creation until then. A very special part of our volunteer programs is the traditional music and dance performances in West Africa towards the end of your stay in Togo. This is when you will be able to discover the rhythms and steps that were designed hundreds of years. Are you coming or enjoy fun if you like! Music and dance are a force to cement social feeling among the members of this company.

In addition, ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES offers the following two art workshops for your trip.
The cost of building materials are not included in the total price of the trip:
- Djembe build ($ 100 USD for materials)
You start with a piece of carved rough iroko wood, used specifically for its great sound and spiritual qualities. Then, with the help of battery master builders, you can cut the base in village scenes, african animals, Adinkra symbols, or whatever you want to create! The drum is finished with an African goatskin and secure complex with a bonding method.
- The batik ($ 10-30 USD for materials)
Using the old method of centuries of wax dye, batik artwork is handmade in several layers. You can follow a traditional model for your batik, usually depicting scenes from daily African life, or draw until your imagination like. If you need help, a professional batik will be there to guide you through the vibrant colors of dye for painting and directing hot wax across the canvas.
Place where the project is set up

The land of Ecovillage CENTRE DES HOMMES is located just north of the small town of Kpalime, Togo. The nearest village to our ECOVILLAGE CENTER DES HOMMES called Kpimé- Seva, with a population of about 1,000 inhabitants and the warrior chief of the village who still reside. The waterfall that feeds the river from the village through our property which is just a short hike up to 200 meters from the site of the

So where are the Togo?

Togo is a small country in West Africa situated above the equator, just north by Burkina Faso and bordering on the west by Ghana to the east by Benin and to the south by Golf oF Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Only 56600 km2 with a population of six million inhabitants Togo is a former German colony that is made under the tutelage of France after the First World War. In this country where women sell on the street just typical African food such as yam, cassava and plantain, it is also found girls more cosmopolitan sell baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolat. In Togo There Voodoo with its roots in the area with powder and vying for fetish wear traditional position medicines, remedies and offers for sale in local markets washing. Many cities have an architecture reminiscent of Paris or Nice side streets, but roads covered with red dust terracotta and tropical climate remember that you are in Africa. While Togo northern region approximates dry desert, southern and coastal regions are considerably wetter. tropical palm tree jungle banana and dominant on the southern hills. In the south again, there are also two rainy seasons, from March to early July and late September to early November. The days are usually 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
Few visitors travel to this forgotten country, if the support is welcome then the emergence of Togo in the globalization system is well known. At least 32% of the country lives below the poverty line, but Togo is rich in nature, cultural arts, and community. At ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES we want to find paths towards sustainable development that celebrate the wealth of Togo.


As a French-speaking country, volunteers eager to practice their French have found the right place. The villagers are mainly to speak their local dialect and French. French is the national language but the country has about 44 different African dialects! Although we recommend that volunteers have some command of the language, do not worry if you do not speak French as much of our tour leaders are comfortable and handy to help at any time!

As a unique part of our volunteer program will hold regular Ewe language courses. We found that even know the most basic phrases Ewe goes a long way in terms of connection with the local community. You will be amazed how the face of a villager on if you say hello in their native language. After centuries of suppression of the Ewe language, as well as other traditional languages in West Africa French colonialism, it is an important part of our work to ECOVILLAGE CENTER DES HOMMES to celebrate the native way to communicate.

Incredible waterfalls and lush full of butterfly mountain forests characterize the surrounding area At ECOVILLAGE CENTRE OF MEN. Sunrise -you bed early and enjoy the sunrise on the mountain sides and made yoga if you wish under the mango trees and a refreshing swim in the river on our property are some of the outdoor activities that await you here at the Togo ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES. During the trip, there will be an opportunity to hike up the highest mountain in Togo, Mount Agou that volunteers will be happy to do it on foot. Humm class to the rise and fall of the highest mountain in Togo walk !!! The higher you go, the more intact, are the communities. And near the top, the century-old villages are built entirely of stone and bright red earth as they clung to the mountainside. These architectural feats remind one of medieval European villages dotting the green slopes. You also support our volunteers to enjoy free time on the weekends to explore the country. Lome, Togo's capital, is considered one of the most beautiful cities of West Africa, with ruined castles (eg Viale castle in Kpalime), cocoa and coffee plantations, and to do not to mention the beautiful beaches swept by the south wind. The beaches are nice and it is possible to have bonfires under the stars by the Paragliding in the mountainous regions of the sky Togo.


Participants live in a permanent building near the land of the ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES. The international community of local and foreign Togolese live together, sharing meals, chores, working and sleeping. While we love to camp on the grounds of the ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES for comfort and safety, we need a strong roof over our facilities. ecological house constructions on the site are planned for its realization. We advise volunteers to bring tents and sleeping bags. One advantage of this living situation, though, is that we are closer to the village center Kpimé-Seva, which allows us to engage more local events and participate in the village and ceremonies with greater frequency.

But if you have a tent and want to bring and donate to the project, it would be greatly appreciated. During our program sleep in tents is the main form of housing, so that more tents we have, most local villagers, we can invite to join our community in the future. You will need to bring your own bedding, including pillow, sheets or sleeping bag, mattress, and bug net. A complete packing list will be sent by email shortly after your registration. You must be thinking if you go to a camping trip.
Please be understanding that housing living in Africa are very different from what you use as house home. The Togolese are generally in house as a starter and lying or enter and sleep. Just go inside their homes is to sleep, like all other activities of daily life - cooking, bathing, and eating - go are outside in runs the house. Volunteers will want to pack sunscreen and bug head net and a rain jacket as a raincoat, a glove, a torch and boots. Think of it as a camping trip!

There is no electricity in the field of ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES and probably not in the building you will be staying. We ask that volunteers leave with most of their electronic devices to charge the batteries of the camera, we will make routine trips to the city. The one nearest public wifi is in Kpalimé, about 30min bike around our land where the project is built.

This is a rare opportunity in the modern era to fully immerse yourself in the way of African life without technological distractions. Our suggestion is that you use this time in Togo while still offline. Trust us, it's worth it. If you want to let family and friends know that at your arrival you are safe, one of our program managers would be happy to send an email to your loved ones at home for you. You just have to ask.

Food in Togo and in the Works camp:

So what is the food we like in Togo? Cooking and eating is a common experience during your stay here in Togo in ECOVILLAGE CENTRE DES HOMMES. During the time of cooking that we will be guided by local villagers or volunteer through the preparation of bases of the Togolese food, everyone will turn to the kitchen to give a hand. Do not worry if you do not have a lot of cooking experience, we'll show you everything you need to know! The meals are usually eaten on mats on the outside, with our entire community sit in a circle to enjoy the food and conversation together. Clean up after cooking is work of all participants and the beef is also communal or group. However, for reasons of hygiene, we ask that volunteers bring their own food and cooking utensils. You will be responsible to wash them instead of cleaning or doing dishes in turn and keep the paths of their location.

It is good! Given the diverse history of the country, the Togolese cuisine is often a combination of German influences, African, French. Note hawkers selling a variety of foods: peanuts, omelets, skewers, corn on the cob, sticks, and fried plantains. National dishes are called fufu (yam made based and accompanied by a red sauce full of vegetables) and akoumè (made basic grains such as corn often accompanied by green sauce). All volunteers will have the opportunity to pound fufu, mashed potatoes or cassava, with heavy wooden mortar and pestle in a traditional atmosphere. Meals in Africa are generally made of a starch (corn, rice, millet, cassava, yam, plantain and beans) in correspondence with a tasty sauce of vegetables and protein. The fare is simple and often vegetarian. While we are eating a mostly African kitchen, we encourage participants to share who like to cook one or two of their favorite dishes from their home with us during the trip or during your stay here in Togo.

While we never run the effort to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in our meals because there is always full and organic fruits and vegetables we eat. Volunteers must simultaneously understand that the typical diet of Africa is lower in these foods that you may be accustomed to your home. Malnutrition is a much more common problem than the lack of food in this region. Volunteers who want to have a diet rich in nutrients could consider bringing their own vitamin supplements.
Water is free for the volunteers as it flows through our land.

For reasons of safety and hygiene, participants should bring their own water bottles and water filtration methods for their journey. We recommend LifeStraw brand, but the filter pump and purification tablets are also very good.

Enjoy your meal!

Let us know on your registration form if you have special requirements. We can easily accommodate those who are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.

Volunteers will support the country throughout their time in Togo. From the moment you land, there will be an escort to take you to the home site of the NGO CENTER DES HOMMES and the same for the site back to the airport at the end of your stay, if you wish. On the site, you'll live with a group of local volunteers colleagues, greatly limits the chances of security risks. As with any travel time in the South, participants must bring some valuable property and keep their passport safe at all times. The best way to stay safe is to be smart!

A Wilderness First Responder certified will be living on site, and a medical first-aid kit will be kept accessible. In the case of an emergency, there are several medical centers in Kpalime, a relatively large town near the site of the NGO CENTRE DES HOMMES. We encourage volunteers to acquire the travel health insurance for their trip.
You must accept the made to understand that the culture shock symptoms are very real throughout the trip, we will provide support for those in need. We often keep volunteer group discussions spaces around what we live, any problems that may arise, and the causes for celebration. By supporting each other, we can ensure that everyone has a safe and meaningful experience.
Education, Environment, Arts
Skills Needed
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 3 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$200 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Local-Transport, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off, Internet


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