BURKINA FASO: Community Development Volunteering

Go Volunteer Africa offers an exciting volunteering opportunity in Burkina Faso for a 2 weeks stay along with weekend excursions for the volunteers. This Short-Term Volunteer Travel Program in Burkina Faso is exclusively designed for those who have limited time to travel and volunteer in Africa.

This is a combination of volunteer work and weekend excursions to Sindou Peaks, Lake Tengrela, Karfiguéla Waterfalls and Domes of Fabedougou, and tour to one of the most historic and cultural sites in Burkina Faso. This program is especially suitable for volunteers who do not have time to commit to a month, or more, of volunteering in Africa, but would like to make some contribution.

Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteers will explore some of the attractions has to offer during their stay with us. Volunteers will discover Burkina Faso at its best and go on a tour to some of the most famous spots of cultural and historical significance in Burkina Faso.

Usually all our programs start in Ouagadougou, more commonly known as Ouaga locally. This is the capital city of Burkina Faso and also the home of the country’s administration and economic centers. The city is a true hive of performing arts inspiration. Dance, live music, awesome festivals and craft markets make for a memorable and rewarding travel experience and make a trip to Ouaga worthwhile.


Availability: Project open all year round
Age Limits:Minimum 18yrs or older
Dates:1st and 15th of every month
Duration:2 weeks
Arrival:One day before the start date
Airport Arrival:Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Airport:Ouagadougou International Airport
Accommodation:Host Family or volunteer house
Daily Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Working Days:Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends:Travel / Sightseeing included in program cost
Location:Banfora and Ouagadougou
Language:English/ French 
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7


Language: French is the official language. (Outside the big cities, most people are not so fluent in French as the city-dwellers.) Our Coordinator speak English though.

Experience Burkina Faso intoxicating cultural diversity and breathtaking natural landscapes by joining one of our volunteer projects in Burkina Faso. We offer a range of volunteering opportunities in Burkina Faso 


Go Volunteer Africa welcomes volunteers from all walks of life to be a part of this incredible short-term 2 weeks special travel and volunteering journey in Burkina Faso where one can work with children in local schools and support homes and get involved in various community outreach development programs.


Volunteering in Burkina Faso offers an amazing experience and volunteers will have to teach, arrange recreational activities, support childcare projects, get involved in women empowerment programs, gettting involved in renovations/building programs, teaching basic computer skills to children & youth and or get involved with our healthcare services program for the nursing/dental/medical professionals.


Volunteers are placed in secure and breathtaking locations for the duration of their volunteer Burkina Faso trip. A complete country tour will be organized for the volunteers so that they can immerse themselves deeply in the Burkinabe life. We appreciate your interest in volunteering in Burkina Faso. We are glad that you have chosen to volunteer in Burkina Faso with Go Volunteer Africa.


These volunteering placements in Burkina Faso offer you the chance to join a teaching, childcare, sports and/or women’s empowerment project. Bring your enthusiasm, team spirit and flexibility to work where needed while volunteering and living at the heart of a community.


Your day to day involvement will depend upon the main focus of the program at the time of your visit, however, volunteers can typically expect to be involved within a range of activities which could include child care, building classrooms, after school homework clubs, NGO admin work, editing and fundraising activities, family outreach work and health awareness.


Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference! You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities in Burkina Faso do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage). 


Volunteers will also visit Bangr Weogo Park in Ouaga. This fantastic wildlife park is situated in the very heart of Ougadougou city. It is one of the most amazing urban parks in the world and has an impressive host of animals and plant life. The park also has a great museum detailing the natural history of the area as well as great restaurants and recreational sports and play areas.


Go Volunteer Africa also runs volunteer travel programs in Banfora and if you are placed here, this one of the most beautiful regions of Burkina Faso. The nearby attractions include Lake Tengrela, which is a great place to spot hippos, especially in the dry season (The hippos in the Lake here are the main draw and it is thought that, due to the animals being of the sacred variety, they will not attack humans.), and the Karfiguela Waterfalls which make for a great hiking or picnic spot. 


Over the weekends, volunteers will visit and tour The Ruins of Loropeni, these ruins are thought to be at least 1000 years old, serve as a vivid reminder of just how vast and important the cross-Sahara gold trade once was. The site is a Unesco World Heritage site and was the first to be rewarded with such a status in the country. The stone ruins here make for a fascinating day trip and are still, at present, being excavated with many more secrets expected to be discovered with time. 


Volunteers in Burkina Faso will also be taken to the Nazinga Reserve, close the border with Ghana, the Nazinga Game Reserve covers an expanse of around 97,000 hectares. The elephants here steal the show although the birdlife and crocodiles are also popular. The volunteers will also visit the Ziniare Wildlife Park which has hyenas, lions, tigers, elephants and a single giraffe. The volunteers will also do a safari and game drive in Arli National Park and species that call the park their home include lions, antelopes, monkeys and hippos. 


Volunteers participating in this special Burkina Faso volunteer travel program, will also get an opportunity of visiting the lively town of Sindou to explore its rugged Sindou Peaks and Sabou for its sacred crocodiles. The crocs are seen as being harmless and remarkably no accidents involving the crocodiles have occurred here for over 70 years.  Volunteers will also have a rare opportunity to visit the Tiebele village located right next to Burkina Faso’s border with Ghana. This culture village has a great number of traditional mud huts and other architecture all of which are beautifully decorated. 



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. 



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.



Cost (USD$)


2 weeks


§  Placement Booking & Confirmation

§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  T-shirt

§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  Three meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour international HQ back-up

§ Tours & Exurcisions 


Any extra week




Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.


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. Check this page for more details about Burkina Faso visas - https://burkina-faso.travisa.com/ 


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.


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 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.

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