Nature of the project:Promotion and Protection of UNESCO World Heritage
Starting & Ending Date: July 16 – August 04
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 200 $ for 2 Weeks, 250 $ for 3 Weeks
Total Space Available: 15
GWC has initiated this project in order to aid the protection steps taken at UNESCO’s Koutammakou World Heritage by promoting the culture and raising awareness among the local community. The volunteers will assist in the maintenance of the main entrance and other pathways leading to the inner area, prepare sign boards and make visible indicators for easy access. They will also assist with plantations and will organize awareness raising campaigns involving the local communities. They will also give ideas and help on promotion and marketing of Koutammakou Heritage Site which will further boost the flow of funds through tourists. This will help improve the economical situation of the community. Volunteers may also take a break from charity and visit some nearby attractions including the beautiful green landscapes to have some relaxing fun moments. GWC needs you and your support; please do join to make a poor man’s life better and brighter.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Lomé-Tokoin Airport, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation. At GWC office, you will be introduced to our staff. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at Lome’s GWC Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 14: Project Work (Refer project Highlights for details)
Day 15: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 16-19: Project work (Promotion and Protection of UNESCO World Heritage) continues.
Day 20: Explore the beautiful places of Togo along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 21: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Cameroon will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work at the project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a Home base. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day including local delicacies mostly prepared by volunteers with local help. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Cameroonian culture and lifestyle closely.
MOST IMPORTANT: GWC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY KIND OF CHANGES MADE IN THE VISA, VISA TYPE OR IN THE FEE BY THE EMBASSY/GOVT OF TOGO. OUR PURPOSE IS ONLY TO KEEP YOU INFORMED WITH THE NFORMATION AND MAKE THE JOURNEY EASY FOR YOU BY PROVIDING YOU THE VERY BASIC INFORMATIONS ABOUT THE VISA
Volunteers traveling to host country are suggested to arrive one day before the start of program. The weekly work camp fee will cover expenses beginning of the first day of the program (Refer to date in the table) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program and/or stay beyond the last day of the program, expenses will be the responsibility of the volunteer (usually $30-$50 per day for room/food at the hotel).
If volunteers are delayed or miss their flight, it is highly recommended that you call our offices or your coordinator and make alternative arrangements with them. In the event that a volunteer gets lost, our general suggestion is that they go to the specific contact hotel (provided within the pre-departure package) using a pre-paid taxi service. There is an office offering pre-paid taxi services at the airport. Please do not use outside taxies. Once participants make contact with GWC’s representative or in-country coordinator, they will then be transferred to GWC’s respective offices/hostel.