Work and Travel in Burkina Faso

work and travel in burkina faso
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VOLUNTEER AND PAID WORK OPPORTUNITIES IN BURKINA FASO FOR TRAVELLERS

VOLUNTEER AND PAID WORK OPPORTUNITIES IN BURKINA FASO FOR TRAVELLERS

What kind of skills and short term work is needed in Burkina Faso all year round from hosts. Seasonal opportunities mention below. This wiki is purely about what short term work you can get as a traveller in Burkina Faso and what are needed. Remember there is Lonely Planet for travel info - add web links not text.

VOLUNTEER WORK VISA / PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR BURKINA FASO

Details backed up by web links to government/Wikipedia type pages providing details on what documents a back packer needs for short term paid and volunteering work in Burkina Faso.

SEASONAL BACKPACKER SKILLS NEEDED IN BURKINA FASO

SPRING WORK

What kinds of work are available in the spring time in Burkina Faso. Remember to keep work that is all year round in the section above and not mention it again here.

SUMMER JOBS

The work that is needed by hosts in the summer in Burkina Faso

AUTUMN

What kinds of work are there in Burkina Faso in autumn? Maybe it's harvest time, but do people need the help of foreigners for either cheap labour or expertise? This is the kind of thing we need to know here.

WINTER

Skiing in Burkina Faso - does it exist? Are there plenty of opportunities for people to get work in Burkina Faso in the winter? What kind of skills are needed at this time of year? Please update this section and let fellow travellers know what you have learned if you have worked in Burkina Faso in the winter or if you are a host and live here and can share your knowledge.

ATTITUDE TO FOREIGNERS WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING IN BURKINA FASO

As this section is covering the whole of Burkina Faso, one has to generalise, but, in general, what is the attitude? Are we all rich idiot tourists and if so why on earth would we want to do some work? Or are we seen as western supremacists and viewed with suspicion? Let us know your thoughts and update them here.

If you think the information on this page is not accurate or needs updating, please edit the sections you feel you can add value to and we will show your profile on the left hand side so everyone can see that you have helped out. If you are a host, you will have a link directly to your own website, so it's definitely worth spending some time adding some value to the page and helping to make the Work in? section the definite location on the internet for information on getting work in Burkina Faso.

 

VOLUNTEER WORK VISA / PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR BURKINA FASO

Burkina Faso embodies the West African philosophy of charging extremely high prices for foreigners to come into the country. It’s a source of major revenue for the country. As of this writing, a single-entry visa valid for three months costs around $190 USD. For more info click here .

The only visa-free countries are those in West Africa, some parts of Central Africa, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.

The UK, European Union (EU) countries, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand are able to obtain this visa when they arrive in the country.

Everyone else, including Russia, China, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, must apply for a visa in an embassy if they want to travel in Burkina Faso.

SEASONAL BACKPACKER SKILLS NEEDED IN BURKINA FASO

SPRING WORK

The spring time in Burkina Faso embraces a tropical climate, with hot and humid temperatures during the day and cooler, dryer temperatures at night.

Spring is an excellent time to come to the country as you’re able to traverse the county easily and work in the rural villages. It’s a good season to work in Burkina Faso on construction projects. Poor villages that need wells, houses, and other infrastructure will benefit from your help.

SUMMER JOBS


The summer months is the rainy season in the country, as a result of the African monsoon. These summer months can be tricky to manage because different areas of the country experience the rainy season differently.

In the Sahel region in the north, the rainy season is shorter and less intense. This semi-arid climate is closer to the Sahara, so you shouldn’t worry about work and travel in Burkina Faso if you intend on sticking to the rural areas. Flooding isn’t as common.

You should avoid the south, however, as the rains are longer and more intense. If you happen to be in the south, your help is needed in places like Banfora. Education projects, working in orphanages, and renovation work are all popular options during the intense rainy season.

AUTUMN

The rainy season is typically over by autumn in the north, but in the south it usually runs until October. This is a good time of year to move to the capital of Ouagadougou.

There’s a lot of poverty in Ouagadougou. Joining a charity and working in the slums can do a lot of good. Many areas of the capital, particularly on the outskirts, are just slums made out of rubbish. Your work in Burkina Faso could make all the difference to these people’s lives.

WINTER

The winter time is the dry season. Temperatures are hot and it’s easy to wilt in the intense heat. This is one time of year where locals need access to clean water.

Building wells in the rural areas can help them to get that. Dirty water kills thousands every single year, so you’re making life saving changes as you travel in Burkina Faso.

ATTITUDE TO FOREIGNERS WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING IN BURKINA FASO

Most volunteer opportunities in Burkina Faso revolve around specialized work the locals can’t do themselves. And this is the sort of work you should stick to. Remember that you’re working in one of the poorest places in the world. Don’t take a role that you could be easily fulfilled by a local. You’re doing more harm than good by doing that.

On the other hand, you’re going to stand out in Burkina Faso. Few foreigners come to the country. Practically all visitors are either working in industry or volunteering. So you’re going to receive a lot of interest from the locals, especially as you move out of the main towns.

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  • Edited on Jun 10 2019 by Igor
  • Edited on Oct 9 2018 by Marichka

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