Burkina Faso

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Burkina Faso (“land of men of integrity”) is an exotic land of charm and intrigue. Located in West Africa it has a rich French heritage mixed with a strong African culture. You will see peoples of all regions of West Africa: coastal, central and desert tribes. The capital, Ouagadougou, has wide streets filled with the colors, sounds and scents of the peoples that populate this great country. There is a vibrancy in life which is intoxicating. Where else could you see European cars travelling alongside donkey carts? It is a country with a well-developed infrastructure and stated to be the safest within Africa. Great roads lead to the rural regions where life seems to have changed little since the last century. Certainly it is hot and dusty at times. The electricity doesn’t always work. It is Africa at its best! We are very excited to have you coming to help with the work in Burkina Faso! Thank you for stepping up and being a part of Bible translation.

Quick Jump



  • Visa on arrival at airport.
  • One blank page in passport for entry stamp.
  • You may be finger printed on arrival.
  • Provide a copy of your return tickets.
  • Passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport/visa photo.

Local Contact: 

  • Wycliffe Associate Recruiter or Team Lead for MAST


  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required, you must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccines.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Burkina Faso for the most up to date medical info for travel to Burkina Faso.


  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women:
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress, but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • Socially acceptable and expected footwear:
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Recommend good walking soles. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater or jacket will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.

Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Small flashlight.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.

Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Burkina Faso so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.