Go Volunteer Africa provides quality, meaningful and affordable volunteering in Burkina Faso opportunities. We focus on under developed and extremely poor communities of Burkina Faso and working with disadvantaged children, youth and women, through provision of quality education, healthcare, access to clean water and community development projects.
Volunteering in Burkina Faso with our program is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. If you choose to do volunteer work in Burkina Faso at our orphanage, schools, youth center or just to be part of our outreaches, you need to be adaptable, flexible and prepared to face and hear heartbreaking stories of the people’s backgrounds.
The Burkina Faso volunteer program is an immersion program customized for individual travelers, students, professionals, families, groups, or anyone with the desire to serve in West Africa. The timetable you travel and the projects you may be involved with are all geared to your skills and interests, and the villages’ needs.
Go Volunteer Africa offers opportunities to volunteer with community grassroots projects in Burkina Faso. The projects are set up in various communities across the country. Volunteers in our program experience traditional Burkinabe life and participate in daily activities such as visiting elderly villagers, collecting water from a well, teaching children in outside classrooms, assisting in the brick making programs, feeding animals as well as health outreach programs.
Are you interested in volunteering in Burkina Faso, but would like more information? Contact our team and let us know what your hopes are for your volunteer experience, and we will assist you in planning a meaningful and fulfilling journey to the land of upright people.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN BURKINA FASO
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
ABOUT BURKINA FASO
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Burkina Faso is a francophone country, with French as the official language of government and business.
Burkina Faso is one of the world’s poorest countries due to poor educational system, poor soils and a lack of infrastructure. The situation appears to be improving and there is a great need for volunteers to support the locals in their effort to development.
But being one of the world’s poorest countries, doesn’t stop the Burkinabes walking with pride. Some of the friendliest faces you’ll see are in the streets of Burkina Faso’s villages and towns. Dancing is a favourite national pastime and centuries-old traditions are part of everyday life. There are hippos to be spotted, waterfalls to be admired, markets to be explored and songs to be sung.
The tourist industry has not really taken off in Burkina Faso as the country doesn't have many big-ticket tourists attractions and, as such, the facilities are a little rough, but the warmth of welcome and the friendliness of the Burkinabé people is unique. Wherever you go you’ll be greeted with a memorable bonne arrivée (‘welcome’) and a handshake.
The main attraction in Burkina Faso is without a doubt the breathtaking natural landscapes which range from the rugged outcrops of the Sindou Peaks to the abundant wildlife that can be found at Lake Tengrela or Karfiguéla Waterfalls and Domes of Fabedougou. The cities in Burkina Faso do not offer many sights or tourist attractions as such but the music and other forms of performing arts on offer are truly some of the greatest on offer in Africa.
Capital: Ouagadougou (Population: 2,900,000 million)
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF) $1 = 589 XOF / £1 = 759 XOF (2019)
Population: 21,190,000 (approx)
Official languages: French (official)
Area: 274,200 sq km
International Calling Code: + 226
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa- the leading volunteer & travel organization offers unique volunteering in Burkina Faso opportunities to groups and solo travelers, throughout the year. We offer exciting volunteer work in Burkina Faso to college and university students, high school groups, friends, families, corporate groups who would like to travel and volunteer in Burkina Faso.
You can spend your vacation volunteering in Burkina Faso on a range of worthwhile projects including childcare, Teaching, sports coaching and Healthcare, or just a community outreaches project in Banfora and Ouagadougou. Volunteering opportunities in Burkina Faso are for anyone interested in contributing meaningfuly to sustainable development projects in Burkina Faso, to improve on the living standards of local people.
VOLUNTEERING IN BURKINA FASO QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 8 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Banfora & Ouagadougou
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
There are many ways in which Burkina Faso is a unique volunteer in Africa destination and sadly, it is often overlooked by volunteers deciding to travel to more popular volunteer Africa destinations. Because of misconceptions about Burkina Faso's, many travelers have skewed ideas about the reality of "modern-day" Burkina Faso.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Burkina Faso's vibrant cities, rich culture and wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Burkina Faso.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
BURKINA FASO VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Ouagadougou International Airport in Ouagadougou. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Ouagadougou will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family in Ouga which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous regional and international. Burkina Faso has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN BURKINA FASO
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday.
The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Burkina Faso has to offer.
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a placement booking and confirmation administration fee of USD$180 (solo traveler), USD$150 (2-5 participants p/p), USD$125 (6+ participants p/p). This is charged above the program fee quoted which is paid in cash upon arrival to your host country.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up
Visas: All visitors to the republic of Burkina Faso are required to have valid passports and visas to enter the country. It may be best to obtain your visa in advance, and make sure that it is allowed for the period you're travelling.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay USD$260 to book and confirm your placement. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.