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Burkina Faso Volunteer Information

VISA :   

Volunteers do need tourist visa to enter Burkina Faso and these can be bought on arrival at the airport of entry with two extra passport photos and USD200 for 3mths Visa  OR you can  get your visa approx one month in advance, but I would do it well before that if you plan on this. You usually have to send your passport to a nearby consulate depending on which country you live in. In NZ it is Wellington.

FRENCH:   

Learn a few French words and phrases to help you get around. Their visa application forms are written in French. Passport: they probably will issue you with a receipt and tell you to return in 3 days for your passport and visa – so plan on spending 3 days in Ouagadougou (opportunity to buy supplies).  

Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travelers arriving from all countries – vaccination certificate must be completed 10 days prior to arriving in Burkina Faso.

Contact Person – Ouagadougou – Andre Lankoande

S/C 01 BP 1552 OUAGADOUGOU 01  OUAGADOUGOU,   BURKINA FASO

Email:  andrelank.d@gmail.com   mobile + 226 723 435 37 (11hrs behind N.Z.)

DISEASES & VACCINATIONS - contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. These countries have malaria, dengue fever, tuberculosis HIV / Aids.  Bring Doxycycline 100mg tablets for malaria – take one tablet daily, starting two days prior to travel & continue two weeks after return. Recommend Hepatitis A & B and update Tetanus & Polio and Typhoid.

TRAVEL INSURANCE    "Know before You Go”   the importance of taking out comprehensive travel insurance before you go.  Remember, an emergency abroad can be extremely expensive. If you need to be returned to your home country it could cost you thousands of dollars, unless you are adequately insured. 

Medical facilities in Burkina Faso are very limited. For serious medical treatment, evacuation to Europe is necessary. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

REGISTER SAFE TRAVEL Please register your travel arrangements with  www.SAFETRAVEL.GOVT.NZ - help them find you in an emergency, so they can check on your well-being or send you important information. Volunteers from other countries, please register with your own country.

TRAVEL:

Recommend you go through a travel agent as Ethiopian airlines and other small airlines are always changing their schedules. That way the travel agent will be able to change all of your flights & sort them out for you if this happens.  Shop around for the best deals to fly to Ouagadougou but keep in mind if you miss your connection your ticket may become invalid including your return ticket.

MONEY – CFA Franc

Visa cards and euro denominated travellers’ cheques are accepted by a few of the larger hotels and restaurants in Ouagadougou. You are unlikely to be able to use them anywhere outside the capital. Other brands of credit cards are not accepted. There are a few ATMs in Ouagadougou (Visa only). Travellers’ cheques are exchangeable in banks in Ouagadougou. Euro travellers’ cheques are exchanged at the fixed rate prevailing between the CFA Franc and the Euro. Exchange rates on travellers’ cheques in other currencies can be poor. In general, and in particular outside Ouagadougou, you should make sure you have enough cash to cover any eventuality.                         

Ouagadougou: Accomodation @ L’space Culture Gambidi   USD8 per night

Bus to Fada 4000cfa (USD8)

Accomodation Fada @ Auberge Yentugli 1750 cfa (USD4) per night

Bus to Bilanga 1750 cfa (USD4)

 

Local laws and customs

Burkina Faso is a Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions so that they don’t offend others, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. Don’t get involved in drugs of any kind. If you commit a criminal offence you can expect to be subjected to local law. Local prison conditions are harsh. Don’t photograph military or other government installations. Homosexuality is illegal. Carry ID (passport or residence permit) at all times, particularly when driving or taking a taxi outside Ouagadougou, when you are likely to have to produce it.

Useful things to bring:

Airbed (optional) Sleeping bag liner / Pillow / Mosquito net (double size) pyrethrum impregnated (with frame, hooks & string to attach) Pocket knife with can opener; Mosquito repellent (with Deet) and sunscreen all vital items!  small bottles hand sanitizer (carry in pocket) Disposable gloves, Torch, mosquito coil & cigarette lighter Universal plug ( charge mobile when travelling) Towels/pillow slip/ Sheet / Sarong or both/clothes pegs Light clothes (skirts & T-shirts) sunhat; sunglasses; plastic mug and plate, utensils  Stethoscope  ipad/ipod/laptop / good book and small rucksack for daily use. 

On arrival advise Dr Derek Allen of any medical conditions or medication you are taking.

 


 


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