The Peace Corps began its work in Togo in 1962 at the invitation of the Togolese government. Since that time, over 3,100 Volunteers have served in this beautiful country. Although training models and projects have changed since 1962, the basic challenges and rewards of serving as a Volunteer have not. Volunteers in Togo work to achieve the three goals of Peace Corps by providing technical assistance in education, health, and agriculture, sharing different cultures of the United States with Togolese and, in turn, learning about different Togolese cultures. Volunteers live and work in the communities they serve, often in rural and remote areas of the country.
The Peace Corps has a rich history of collaboration with the Togolese people at all levels. Volunteers build upon counterpart relationships emphasizing low-cost solutions that make maximum use of local resources. Partnership with local and international organizations further enhances the work that Volunteers and their community partners achieve.
Serving in Togo comes with many challenges but also countless rewards. Volunteers often join the Peace Corps to support others, and they do; however, most leave their service realizing that they gained far more than they gave.