Togo is a small, yet vibrant country in West Africa. In the south, the climate is mostly tropical with access to beaches. The middle of the country is mountainous with many possibilities for hiking and other recreation, and the northern Savannah region is much drier and rural. The country is peaceful, with a welcoming attitude towards Americans. The city of Kara where the Fellow will be based is a city in northern Togo, situated in Kara Region, 413 km north of the capital Lomé. Kara is the capital of the Kara region and it is the third largest city in Togo by population. The Kara River flows through the city and is its main source of water. The city is relatively safe and relaxed, with a welcoming community. There is a high quality hotel, numerous restaurants, and many natural attractions. Peace Corps Volunteers are posted in the Kara region and are working on programs including English teaching. The Embassy sponsored American Corner at University of Kara also features English programming, and there are several English language learning centers in the city.
Host Institution: Université de Kara
Established only in 2004, Université de Kara (the University of Kara) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the large town of Kara. Université de Kara (UK) operates under the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Togo. It is the second public higher educational institution of Togo after the University of Lomé. Université de Kara offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees, including undergraduate certificates/diplomas and bachelor’s degrees in several areas of study. UK also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sports facilities and/or activities, as well as administrative services. The university has a very dynamic president and strong faculty, and has ambitions to become a regional hub for education in agriculture and the sciences.
- The Fellow will perform direct classroom teaching with faculty and final year English students, and special seminars focused on English with specialized vocabulary, both at UK and at other universities.
- The Fellow will plan with the Education and English Language Advisor, English Teaching inspectors, and Togo English Teachers’ organization to choose appropriate locations and times to organize events and workshops for current teachers, mainly in Kara and other surrounding regions upcountry.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Assist the Togo English Teachers’ Association with their activities; support them in the preparation of special events like Black History Month celebrations, spelling bees, and English Club competitions
- Organize events at American Corners such as academic writing classes for university students, resume writing workshops, creative writing trainings, book discussions, and debates
- Contribute to the implementation of the English Access Microscholarship program