Who we need

Giving sight and the gospel to the Togolese requires great volunteers.

On occasion, we also offer Vision Trips that allow supporters to see firsthand the fruits of what they have been supporting. Interested? Just submit your application, and we’ll be in touch to discuss options.

Volunteer as an ophthalmic surgeon to perform cataract surgeries in Africa

Ophthalmic Surgeons

If you are a U.S. licensed surgeon trained in MSICS with experience in 100+ cases, you can help in our surgical unit.

With your help, we can increase the number of patients we serve. And through Sight.org, you can get training or more experience in MSICS.

What to expect

  • Surgical outreaches occur every five weeks, ten times per year.
  • The surgery campaigns ordinarily last 4-6 days.
  • On average, 140-210 patients are selected for surgery before your arrival.
  • The operating room and support staff are ready to assist you upon arrival.
  • Our Ophthalmic Surgeon, Dr. Nestor Avia, will be present and can assist as needed.
  • Equipment on hand: Ophthalmic Microscopes, Keratometer, A-scan, Tonopen, Slit Lamp, Autoclave, and MSCIS Surgical Tools.
  • We will coordinate with AlconCares for supply donations when you come to serve.
  • Supplies must be requested (at least) six weeks before surgery.
  • In most cases, Sight.org staff will transport the supplies to Togo on your behalf. Sometimes, this is not possible, and we hope you are willing to assist with transporting supplies with our guidance.
Dr. Kondrot's testimonial for volunteering with Sight.org

"My favorite program to work with in Africa"

“This is definitely my favorite program to work with in Africa to utilize my skills and to help a large number of patients. Sight.org is a great organization with an excellent in-country support team. I highly recommend Sight.org for a true African eye surgical mission experience.”

Dr. Ed Kondrot
Eye Surgeon

Cataracts blind 1 in 20 people in Togo. Volunteer to help us change that.

How we give sight to Africans

Triage Nurses & Doctors

Are you a nurse or doctor capable of serving in a triage unit? We would be thrilled to host you!
In addition to restoring sight to blind people, we also love it when a nurse or doctor comes to help with all the other various medical issues. Burns, infections, cuts, wounds, and anything else you can think of. We see it. And it is such a blessing to the community when we can help! We have had nurses see over 1,000 people in a week. The ability to make an impact in this area is massive.

What to expect

  • Triage occurs during Ministry Week, which occurs every five weeks, ten times per year.
  • A few of our team members will act as your interpreters and assistants. They have also gained experience through previous volunteers, so they can help identify medical problems.
  • Sight.org actively seeks donations for supplies to help lower costs, but our stock is often depleted. Besides the cost of travel, we recommend budgeting $2,000 for medical supplies. Most of the supplies can be purchased in Togo, and our team can buy them before your arrival.
  • We have a comprehensive list of supplies recommended by previous volunteers. View the list here.
How we give sight to Africans
Volunteer as a missionary with Sight.org in Africa


Are you a pastor, evangelist, or just a Christian with a heart for partaking in the Great Commission? Our ministry team would love to have you serve with them!
Even though we have a full-time ministry team, they love it when missionaries join them on outreach. It’s a huge blessing!

What to expect

  • Ministry is seeking the Lord and engaging with people at a deep level, both spiritually and emotionally. It can be very rewarding but very taxing. For this reason, the ministry team loves it when missionaries come to join them. Helping to share their burden, ministering to the population, and, more importantly, to each other. The harvest is great, but the workers are few. Please pray and seek the Lord to see if you may be called to serve with us. And if not, please pray that He may send other missionaries to join us.
  • The ministry team is your interpreters and guides. If you are worried about communicating or doing the wrong thing, they are there to help.
  • The best opportunity for ministry is during Ministry Week and Surgery Week. These weeks are separated by a week of screening, so if you came for three weeks, you would experience Ministry Week, Screening Week, and Surgery Week. Otherwise, you would choose which outreach to attend and then come for one week.

Frequently asked questions about volunteering

What are the safety and security concerns?

We thank God that, since its inception, Sight.org has had no incidents of assault and only a couple of minor incidents of theft. Theft is greatly looked down on in Togolese culture, especially in the rural regions where we serve. The main thing is to lock your hotel room when you leave and to keep items secure in your tent or person. Don’t bring jewelry or flash money; have a safe way to carry your belongings (i.e., Shoulder bag, sling, or backpack). Don’t wander off at night on your own. If you want to go for a walk or explore, ask a team member if it is safe and request someone to join you. The team knows this country well, so rely on them and their judgment. They are your guides.

While at the hotel in Lome, we ask that you refrain from exploring outside the hotel premises. Lome is a large city; like any large city, there are more significant safety and security concerns.

While at the hospital compound, rest assured that the team is watching out for you and your belongings, but be aware that there are many patients and strangers that we do not know. Fortunately, since 2012, we have never experienced a theft or assault while staying at a hospital. In addition to all of our team being there, hospitals usually have their security, and we also benefit from being well-known and favored by the community. If you ever have a concern, don’t hesitate to bring it to a team member’s attention.

Driving in Africa can be a little scary. But for Africa, this is normal. Fortunately, we have great drivers, and since 2012, there has only been one driving incident, and it was minor and without injury.

For the most up-to-date information on Togo’s safety and travel requirements, we recommend looking up Togo’s travel advisory from the US Department of State.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

On the night of your arrival and the night before departure, you will sleep at a French-owned hotel on the beach called Hotel Robinson Plage. This hotel has a beautiful ambiance, with great food, comfortable air-conditioned rooms, and hot showers. This hotel is a favorite for tourists and missionaries and has a family-friendly environment. It’s also a short 25-minute drive from the airport.

Note: Unfortunately, prostitution can be seen in many of the hotels. One reason we choose to stay at Hotel Robinson Plage is because the owners restrict prostitution to maintain a family-friendly environment. If you see otherwise, please let us know so we can express our concerns to hotel management.

Prepare for the rest of the trip for camping-style sleep conditions within a hospital compound. Our team travels to hospitals all over Togo, so we utilize high-end two-person canvas tents for sleeping. Your tent will be clean and lightly used, and you will be the only person in your tent. For toilet and shower, the hospital designates one toilet and shower to be utilized solely by Sight.org, and the Sight.org team will clean it before your arrival. When the hospital does not have a sufficient toilet or shower, we rent a nearby hotel room for the team to access the toilet and shower.

In addition, the tents will be equipped with a twin mattress and clean sheets. Our hospitality team can wash your clothes as needed, and the cooks are on-site to prepare and serve all your meals. The water for the showers is cold, but the hospitality team can heat water at your request. If you need anything, the team is there to help. Our hospitality team and cooks are very accommodating and will do anything they can to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

There are nearby hotels where you can choose to stay, but we highly recommend sleeping in our tents rather than the local hotels. The tents are clean and mosquito-free, with large screens to take advantage of the night’s breeze. The hotels, however, usually are what you would consider 1-star hotels. Most have an issue keeping the mosquitos out and are stuffy, and we cannot ensure their cleanliness or that they take the proper security measures against theft.

What about food and water?

The food served at the hotel and by the team is adequately prepared, and you should enjoy it without fear. At the hotel, the meals are Western, and with the team, the meals are African. The African meals are genuinely delicious, rice-based, with tasty sauces. On occasion, the cooks may serve something you don’t like. It’s okay to communicate with the cooks if your Western tongue does not agree.

Don’t eat strange food off the street without asking one of the team members, and then know that you are doing so at your own risk.

If you struggle with spice or have food allergies, please communicate this in the application process.

Please do not drink the local tap water or from the little sacks of water; instead, drink bottled water only. If someone offers you tap water or a sack of water, the appropriate response is, “No, thank you.” We will provide large bottles of safe drinking water throughout your trip.

How much does it cost?

Volunteers pay their way and assume all costs during travel.

While with the team, food is prepared by the team and is inexpensive, and you would sleep in a tent at no cost to you.

  • Flights: $1,500–$2,200
  • Passport: $160
  • Visa: $45
  • Yellow fever vaccine: $210
  • Other vaccinations (consult your doctor): $400
  • Malaria medication (consult your doctor): $130
  • Hotels: $260
  • In-country transportation: $60
  • Food at hotels and during travel: $120
  • Food while with the team: $60 per week
  • Water: $35 per week
  • Unforeseen and personal: $200-500

We also have a list of recommended items for you to bring under “What should I bring.”

Except for “unforeseen and personal funds,” funds for in-country expenses will be given to your in-country host upon arrival. They will then exchange and manage the funds on your behalf and give you all the receipts at the end of your trip. The amount your host needs to manage will be determined after confirming your trip agenda. You can also have your host exchange some or all of your “personal funds,” but we recommend you go to them for assistance when making a purchase. Handling unfamiliar currencies can be confusing; people may take advantage of the opportunity at times.

Are travel expenses tax-deductible?

Yes. It would be best to keep all your receipts as proof, but you can submit your total costs as a write-off on your taxes.

What are the best flight options?

Direct flights are available from the USA and Europe to Lome, Togo.

If you are coming from the USA, we recommend flying direct via Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines is the highest-rated airline in Africa.

Why only short-term volunteers?

We have come to feel that we are not the best platform for hosting long-term volunteers. As a mobile program, the team experiences a lot of time away from the comforts of home. However, on their weeks off, they can go home and recover. For the Westerner, this lifestyle takes a heavy toll. Several long-term volunteers have been worn down by everything so foreign: the food, the culture, and the lifestyle.

There can be exceptions, but at least initially, a first-time volunteer will be limited to short-term missions.

Can non-Christians volunteer?

Yes, we have hosted non-Christian volunteers. Doctors and nurses who are not Christian but have a heart for using their skills to help others are very welcome.

Missionaries, however, must align with our statement of faith to join our ministry team.

Want to volunteer or take a vision trip? Here’s the first step…