BURKINA FASO: Orphanage & Teaching Volunteer Work

If you’re looking for a rewarding orphanage or teaching volunteer work experience, look no further than Go Volunteer Africa. We are currently (and always) accepting volunteers to join our orphanage and teaching volunteer work in Burkina Faso program.

Your volunteer work at the children’s centre will provide these orphaned and vulnerable children with the attention and mental stimulation that all children need to develop healthy social skills and self-confidence. Your volunteer work in Burkina Faso will make a large impact on both you and the orphans themselves. We recommend coming for four weeks or more if you are to make a great impact on the lives of these children.


Availability: Project open all year round
Age Limits:Minimum 18yrs or older
Dates:Flexible start and end dates
Duration:Minimum 4 weeks commitment
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 


The children who spend time and have their schooling at Children’s Centre are in need of love, care and affection which local staff is often too busy to offer them on an individual basis. There is a possibility for our volunteers to work in every and any aspect of the children’s centre; whether it is teaching the children and helping them with their homework, playing a game of tag or by simply sharing your time, experiences and knowledge with them you are making a difference in their lives.


The voracious need these orphans have to seek and learn about any subject matter – sports, music, or farming – is both awe-inspiring and humbling. Volunteering in Burkina Faso will give you an intimate insight into a new and exciting world. A world where childcare is a privilege and a gift, where orphans who have nothing will share whatever they can with a complete stranger, and where you can change the lives of people and children just by being yourself.



  • Help with breakfast and prepare the children for school
  • Assist with lessons and teach English 3-4 hours a day in the local school
  • Lead sports, art, games, picture books, music activities
  • Organize fun activities when the children return from school
  • Prepare food for dinner


Orphanage and teaching volunteer work in Burkina Faso with Go Volunteer Africa gives you a rewarding travel experience that feeds your soul by knowing the Burkinabe cultures and different ways of life across Burkina Faso while giving a helping hand to communities and individuals in need.


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$)


4 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

5 weeks


6 weeks


7 weeks


8 weeks


9 weeks


10 weeks


12 weeks


14 weeks

$ 1525

Extra week

+ $120



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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