Volunteering Burkina Faso

Volunteering Burkina Faso

Volunteering Burkina Faso! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso, which means “land of honest men”, has significant reserves of gold, but the country has faced domestic and external concern over the state of its economy and human rights. A poor country even by West African standards, landlocked Burkina Faso has suffered from recurring droughts and military coups.

Volunteering in Burkina Faso is becoming easier, with Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteer travel program. Starting 2023 Go Volunteer Africa will be offering a number of volunteer opportunities in Burkina Faso. To register to be a volunteer, or to reserve space on our volunteer team in 2023, please fill the placement reservation form and submit it.

Volunteering Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO FAST FACTS

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa with an area of 274,200 square kilometers (105,900 sq mi), bordered by Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest. It has a population of 20,321,378. Previously called Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), it was renamed Burkina Faso by President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabè, and its capital and largest city is Ouagadougou.

63% of its population practices Islam and 22% practice Christianity. Due to French colonialism, the country’s official language of government and business is French. There are 59 native languages spoken in Burkina, with the most common language, Mooré, spoken by roughly 50% of Burkinabè. The country is governed as a semi-presidential republic with executive, legislative and judicial powers.

PEOPLE & CULTURE

The major ethnolinguistic group of Burkina Faso is the Mossi. They speak a Niger-Congo language of the Gur branch and have been connected for centuries to the region they inhabit. They have absorbed a number of peoples including the Gurma and the Yarse. The last-mentioned group has Mande origins but is assimilated into the Mossi and shares their language (called Moore). Other Gur-speaking peoples are the Gurunsi, the Senufo, the Bwa, and the Lobi.

In 1960, the country gained full independence with Maurice Yaméogo as President. In its early years, the country was subject to instability, droughts, famines and corruption. Various coups have also taken place in the country, in 1966, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, an attempt in 1989, 2015, and 2022. Thomas Sankara ruled the country from 1982 until he was killed in the 1987 coup led by Blaise Compaoré who became president and ruled the country until his removal on 31 October 2014. Sankara launched an ambitious socioeconomic program which included a nationwide literacy campaign.

Citizens of Burkina Faso, regardless of their ethnic origin, are collectively known as Burkinabé. French is the official language, although it is not widely spoken. Moore, the language of the Mossi, is spoken by a great majority of the population, and Dyula is widely used in commerce.

GEOGRAPHY & NATURE

Burkina Faso, landlocked country, it occupies an extensive plateau, and its geography is characterized by a savanna that is grassy in the north and gradually gives way to sparse forests in the south. The climate of Burkina Faso is generally sunny, hot, and dry. Two principal climate zones can be distinguished. The Sahelian zone in the north is semiarid steppe, characterized by three to five months of rainfall, which is often erratic. To the south, in the Sudanic zone, the climate becomes increasingly of the tropical wet-dry type, with a greater variability of temperature and rainfall and greater total rainfall than the north.

Four seasons may be distinguished in Burkina Faso: a dry and cool season from mid-November to mid-February, with temperatures dropping to about 60 °F (16 °C) at night; a hot season from mid-February to June, when maximum temperatures rise into the low 100s F (about 40 °C) in the shade and the harmattan—a hot, dry, dust-laden wind blowing off the Sahara desert—is prevalent; a rainy season, which lasts from June to September; and an intermediate season, which lasts from September until mid-November. Annual rainfall varies from about 40 inches (1,000 mm) in the south to less than 10 inches (250 mm) in the north.

Why Volunteer in Burkina Faso?

Often described among of the world’s poorest countries, the most recent reports estimate that roughly 40 percent of Burkinabè live below the poverty line. Around 90 percent of those living in poverty reside in rural areas. In the capital city of Ouagadougou, one of the fastest growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa, only 10 percent of the population live in poverty.

Burkina Faso’s main export is cotton. In recent years, the economy has also benefited from mining gold. However, because the economy is so dependent on the success of a single growing season, natural disasters and unfavorable weather conditions can submerge many households into even deeper poverty.

In 2018, only 45 percent of primary school-age children living in rural areas were enrolled in primary school. Even less, 28 percent of secondary school-age children were enrolled in secondary school. Comparatively, 83 percent of children in urban areas were enrolled in primary school, and 60 percent of were enrolled in secondary school.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN BURKINA FASO

Go Volunteer Africa has a number of life changing volunteer opportunities in Burkina Faso. Whether your passion is sustainable community development or vital healthcare work, Go Volunteer Africa can offer you an unforgettable experience in Burkina Faso.

When you choose Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteering Burkina Faso program, you are about to discover a new culture, accomplish something unforgettable, and explore what Africa has to offer! Whichever program you choose you will be benefiting from Go Volunteer Africa extensive experience in Africa.

Volunteering Burkina Faso-Healthcare Project: As part of our community development volunteer projects in Burkina Faso, Go Volunteer Africa’s teams sets out to the rural communities to organize health workshops and medical missions in rural hospitals. Go Volunteer Africa aims to fight the deadly epidemic diseases by educating the communities about awareness and prevention. Knowledgeable and able-bodied volunteers are in great demand. Help assist doctors with several health-related activities, opportunities are available all year around in Burkina Faso.

Volunteering Burkina Faso – Sanitation Project: Go Volunteer Africa engage into projects which improve on the sanitation of people in Burkina Faso and this include clearing of drinking wells, building of dry racks and the digging of latrines as well as education of healthy living practices. Join the team and help in improving the poor communities.

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Volunteering Burkina Faso – Teaching Project: The main focus is providing education to hundreds of children in poor communities in Burkina Faso. Many schools provide English, French, Math, health lessons to children. The schools provide not only needed education but opportunities for sports activities, health talks, feeding centers and meeting places for the community. Teaching experience is not required. 

Volunteering Burkina Faso – Community Outreach Program: You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. 

Volunteering Burkina Faso – Childcare Project: As a volunteer you perform a variety of much-needed services such as teaching Basic English, Math and offering care and support to HIV/AIDS infected or hunger-stricken children in Burkina Faso.

No particular skills are required to volunteer with us in Burkina Faso and training is given locally but if you do have particular experience in areas relevant to your program then this will enhance your contribution.

Volunteering Burkina Faso

PROJECT LOCATION & SAFETY

Ouagadougou: is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural, and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country’s largest city, with a population of 2,453,496 in 2019. The city’s name is often shortened to Ouaga. The inhabitants are called ouagalais. The spelling of the name Ouagadougou is derived from the French orthography common in former French African colonies.

Ouagadougou’s primary industries are food processing and textiles. It is served by an international airport and is linked by rail to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast and, for freight only, to Kaya. There are several highways linking the city to Niamey, Niger, south to Ghana, and southwest to Ivory Coast. 

Burkina Faso is one of safest countries in West Africa. However, be aware of thieves in the big city. Violent assault is rare. Pickpockets and purse snatchers are something to watch out for in big cities, especially in Ouagadougou, where it is recommended not to carry a bag with you when at all possible.

Volunteering Burkina Faso

Even in the capital’s streets there are very few beggars, if any, compared to other African countries, and when you do encounter them, they are remarkably un-insisting and will walk away after a simple “No”.

You should always take precautions when travelling, but Burkina is a remarkably safe and respectful country. Women travelers rarely experience any problems. Foreigners, especially white foreigners, frequently attract significant attention, but the interest is mainly an attempt to sell you tourist items or overpriced goods. Indeed, the Burkinabé will show more patience and friendliness to the foreigner than to another Burkinabé, be it in a small village or in a big city.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP

After you have applied, booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Thomas Sankara International Airport in Ouagadougou . This is the main international airport in Burkina Faso. A member of staff from our local partner organization will meet you on arrival at Airport.

Volunteering Burkina Faso

ORIENTATION

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Burkina Faso you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

VISAS

Visitors to Burkina Faso must obtain a visa from one of the Burkina Faso diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or a country whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival. Visas are available on arrival at the airport and borders for 52 nationalities for a stay of up to 1 month.

Volunteering Burkina Faso

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Burkina Faso has to offer. Interesting sites and attractions in Burkina Faso include but not limited to: The Bangr Weogo Urban Park, National Museum of Burkina Faso, the International Art & Craft Fair, and the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou.

The Ziniare Wildlife Park, the granite sculpture symposium, which takes place every two years, and the Museum of Manega, the sacred crocodiles of Sabou, the Grand Mosque, the mausoleum of Guimbi Ouattara, the Houet Provincial Museum, and the Guinguette.

Other sites include: the Natural Waterfall of Banfora, Lake Tengrela, and the Peaks of Sindou, Arli National Park, W National Park, and the cliffs of Gobnangou. the Archaeological Museum of Pobé Mengao and the stone carvings of Pobé Mengao.

PROGRAM COSTS: (USD$)

2 Weeks
Two Weeks
$460
Minimum Duration
Inclusions & Exclusions
Airport Pickup
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
In-country Support
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3 Weeks
Three Weeks
$560
Our Most Popular
Inclusions & Exclusions
Airport Pickup
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
In-country Support
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Any Extra Week
Weekly
$100
Each Additional Week
Inclusions & Exclusions
Airport Pickup
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
In-country Support
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Program Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. 

HOW TO APPLY

If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here

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