Please take note that all the projects in Burkina Faso are temporarily suspended.

INFORMATION ABOUT BURKINA FASO

Descendants of a long line of emperors, the Burkina share a sense of cultural identity extremely strong, probably exacerbated by years of colonization. Although they live in one of the poorest countries of the world, they show a zest for life and an extraordinary sense of hospitality, and managed to transform this land almost devoid of all natural resources a cultural jewel.

Despite the political violence plaguing the country for decades, Burkina Faso remains a cultural destination in West Africa. In addition to its traditional festivals, it also hosts Fespaco, a biennial film worthy of the most prestigious festivals.

Official title of the country: Republic of Burkina Faso

Capital: Ouagadougou

Area: 274,200 sq km

Population: 15,8 millions

Ethnicity: Mossi 40% and 60% of Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, Fulani …

Languages: French (official), Sudanese languages spoken by 90% of the population: Moore, Dioula …

Religions: Muslim 50%, 40% animist and 10% Christian (mainly Catholic)

OUR PROJECTS IN BURKINA FASO

This project require a lot of intiative and resourfulness. As life in Burkina Faso is quite different from what you are used to here, your ability to adapt to a new environment will be essential.

This program is open for interns who are interested in working with children in local orphanages. The program offers the opportunity to take care of infants and children who were abandoned or orphaned. Interns will collaborate with caretakers from the different orphanages. For the most part these orphanages are religiously affiliated and run by catholic nuns.

Language Requirements: French

This project require a lot of intiative and resourfulness. As life in Burkina Faso is quite different from what you are used to here, your ability to adapt to a new environment will be essential.

This program is ideal for interns who would like to be involved with education initiatives in rural, semi-urban and urban environments. Interns will also have the opportunity to experience true everyday African realities. Volunteers will participate in teaching activities and support the local teachers. This will be an experience of a lifetime that will also provide you with practical skills. The program also seeks to broaden the horizons of local children through an interschool correspondence and sponsorship program.

Language Requirements: French

This project require a lot of intiative and resourfulness. As life in Burkina Faso is quite different from what you are used to here, your ability to adapt to a new environment will be essential.

The Health Support Program is open for interns who have a desire to work in the domain of health with local health professionals and thereby also gain valuable practical experience. The interns will work directly with patients, interns and doctors from various health centres in the country. The program is designed for volunteers who have a medical background or for anyone who is studying in the field of health.

Language Requirements: French

This program is open to volunteer interns who are interested in gaining experience with courts and law firms in Burkina Faso.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet with clients of these institutions, with the aim of assessing their needs and directing them towards the appropriate services. Participants will work alongside secretaries of judges, magistrates, court clerks, lawyers, notaries and bailiffs.

Particular skills are required to take part in this program, the intern should be a current student or graduate of law with an interest in one of the following roles: magistrate, lawyer, court clerk, bailiff etc.

Intercultural communication skills and the ability to adapt are added requirements.

Language Requirements: French

additional Information:

Length of stay Registration fee Participation fee
For all the projects in Burkina Faso 1 to 6 months  $650 CAD + tax 6 000 FCFA per day + 48 000 FCFA for two day orientation and integration. (Exchange rate)
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Pre-departure orientation session
  • Reception
  • Transportation to and from the airport to your accomodation in Ouagadougou
  • Integration period Dhaka
  • Registration at the Canadian Embassy
  • Transport to and from the internship site
  • Accomodation
  • Meals
  • Technical Support
Our service includes: detailed and personalized support, plane ticket reservation, visa advice, information about vaccines, a pre-departure orientation day, a participant guide to help with the preparation of your trip, and a confirmation from our partner abroad. The placement is guaranteed or you will be one hundred percent reimbursed.
What’s not included?
  • Plane Ticket
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport
  • Vaccination
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Exit Tax (if needed)