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Volunteers Learn French in Morocco, Senegal, or Togo

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Volunteers Learn French in Morocco, Senegal, or Togo

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the French language and fascinating Franco-African culture on one of our intensive French language courses in Morocco, Senegal, or Togo.

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With 60 hours of classes per month and accommodation with a local family, you'll learn quickly and can practice what you've learned with your hosts each day.Lessons are with a tutor on a one on one basis and are tailored to your ability.

Whether you are a complete beginner or have been learning French for many years, being immersed in the language every day will help your skills progress quickly. After your lessons you will, of course, have plenty of time to complete your homework and explore the area with other volunteers.

You can also choose to study French while participating in a volunteer placement. Our 14-hour or 30-hour French language courses can be done alongside your volunteer placement in Morocco, Senegal, or Togo to improve your language skills. If you are planning on volunteering abroad for three months or more, you could also complete a 60 hour course alongside your placement. For more information on these courses click here.

French Course Abroad

French is the main language of communication on a daily basis in Senegal, although for most Senegalese people in Saint Louis their mother tongue is the tribal language of Wolof. But to buy items in a shop, chat with your placement supervisor or joke with your host family you will need to speak some French.

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If you are not confident in starting a placement before improving your French, a month long intensive language course is a sensible and worthwhile plan. We provide 60 hours of one on one classes with fully qualified French language teachers. During your first lesson your teacher will assess your ability, and from then on the classes will be tailored to your level.

Most of the lessons take place at the French Cultural Centre, on Saint Louis Island. You will receive free membership to the library and gain free admission to concerts and film nights, which are regularly held at the center.

To supplement your studies you will live with a local host family, where you can put your new vocabulary into practice. Once you have completed a month's study, you could go on to spend some time on a Teaching, Care, or Sports project. If your French is good enough, you could also work on one of our Radio Journalism placements.

Volunteers Learn French in Morocco

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Rabat provides a cosmopolitan setting in which to improve your French. Although Arabic is the official language in Morocco, Rabat's focus on politics and business means that French is culturally very important here and if you don’t know much Arabic, will be the main language that you can use to communicate.

You will receive 60 hours of personal classes per month and be accommodated with a French speaking local family. Using the language every day and with plenty of access to Francophone culture through libraries, cinemas and music, your skills will rapidly improve.

After your month long French Language course, you could choose to spend time working on a Teaching or Care project in Morocco, giving you more opportunities to practice and improve your language skills.

Volunteers Learn French in Togo


Although Togo gained independence from France in 1960, French still remains the official language of this West African nation. Numerous tribal languages are spoken throughout the country with Eve being the main language used in Lomé alongside French.

French will be your main language of communication with the Togolese people. As you are interacting with locals while volunteering on any project in Togo, having some basic French is essential. If you feel your French needs to improve before you start a Teaching or Care project, a two week or month long intensive French course is a good option.

You will receive 15 hours of one-to-one tuition per week with a qualified teacher. After your class is over for the day, you will have plenty of time to practice your French conversation skills with your local host family. Lomé is also home to a lively French Cultural Center, which shows francophone films and hosts regular live music events.