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Welcome to Peace Corps Burkina Faso


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Peace Corps Burkina Faso History

The Peace Corps entered Burkina Faso, then called Upper Volta, in 1967 and operated here uninterrupted for 21 years. Major projects included forestry extension, young farmer education, small enterprise development, secondary education (math, science, and English language), water well construction, agricultural and environmental extension, arts and crafts, basketball coaching, and parks development. In 1987 the Peace Corps program was phased out due to local political changes, but in 1995 the new government requested the re-establishment of the program.
The program was re-launched with a group of 17 Public Health Volunteers, who began their service in Burkina Faso in December 1995. Today, approximately 120 Volunteers are serving in Burkina Faso, they are working in community health, community economic development, and education.  In total, over 2,000 Volunteers have served in Burkina Faso since Peace Corps first opened its program in 1967.

  • Between 1966 - 1987 and 1995 - today, more than 2,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Burkina Faso.
  • Currently, nearly 120 Volunteers are serving in Burkina Faso.
  • Most Volunteers live in rural villages, with a small number living in larger regional capitals.
  • 63% of our Volunteers are female.
  • Three programmatic areas: Health, Education and Community Economic Development (CED)
  • Health : Volunteers address community health concerns by working in collaboration with and through capacity building of local health workers, community health agents and community members.  The Health project seeks to address five priority areas:
    • Malaria;
    • HIV/AIDS and prevention;
    • Maternal and child health and nutrition;
    • Hygiene
    • Family planning.
  • Education : Volunteers teach preschool; English, science, and math at primary and junior high schools; and promote improved learning, leadership and life skills among youth through extra-curricular activities such as tutoring, clubs and camps.
  • Community Economic Development (CED) : Volunteers work in collaboration with their community partners to improve the food security and livelihoods of local farmers through improved business management practices of agriculture-based income-generating activities and improved post-harvest transformation and conservation activities.
    Volunteers from all sectors are also required to work on raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and its prevention and gender equality within their communities.
  • 45 in-country staff: 4 Americans, 1 Cameroonian, and 40 Burkinabé are based in Ouagadougou, Leo and Bobo.

Award to Peace Corps Burkina

On Saturday, December 22, 2012 as a part of celebrations of the cultures and activities taking place in the many diverse communities within the country, the Government of Burkina Faso presented an award to Peace Corps. This award was recognition of the integration of Peace Corps volunteers within Burkina Faso communities, and in appreciation of the work done by PCVs in their communities.
The award, called “Les Insignes de Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Burkinabe”, was presented in a ceremony in the capital, Ouagadougou, at the “Maison du Peuple” at the completion of a multi-day conference sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation.
We thank the Government of Burkina Faso for its continued support of Peace Corps and our Volunteers. We are very grateful to the communities of Burkina Faso for their appreciation of the work of Volunteers. We would like to express our gratitude to our partners for their exemplary collaboration.

View Projects »  2012 Annual Report - French »   2012 Annual Report - English »  PC BF Brochure»


   Burkina Faso

  • CAPITAL CITY – Ouagadougou
  • LARGEST CITY – Ouagadougou
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S) –  French (primary), Mòoré, Fulfulde, Dioula (secondary)
  • AREA (KM2) – 274,200 km2
  • POPULATION – 17 million
  • GDP – US$ 24.293 billion
  • CURRENCY – West African CFA franc