Volunteer Work Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso gained independence from France in 1960, but it has faced many challenges since that time including instability, droughts, famines, and corruption. Various coups have occurred throughout its history, with the most recent ones in January and September 2022.

The landlocked nation in West Africa is now one of the poorest countries in the world ranking in 184th place out of 191 countries and territories in 2021 in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Life expectancy is just 59.73 years (2020) and in one recent 12 month period a staggering 1000,000 children were orphaned as a result of AIDS/HIV. In fact one out of every five children in Burkina Faso is an orphan or as been abandoned.

With just 20% of the population earning a wage, you may expect there to be many volunteer work placements and opportunities in Burkina Faso. In fact, there are very few ~ the country simply has no working infrastructure and those in charge are poorly educated with just 8% of eligible children actually attending secondary school. What volunteer work there is focuses on education and orphans as well as health awareness in an attempt to stop the population being further decimated by the AIDS virus.

Please note that many volunteer opportunities in Burkina Faso were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the permanent closure of some volunteer opportunities and restrictions on others and now, given the instability in the country, most volunteer work programs have been suspended so maybe cross Burkina Faso off your volunteering bucket list for a year or so. Sorry.

Volunteer Work Burkina Faso

Volunteer Burkina Faso

Volunteer Burkina Faso

Volunteer Burkina Faso

Volunteer Burkina Faso


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Volunteer Work Burkina Faso

Volunteer Work Burkina Faso

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