Santa Clara University



Accommodations in Burkina Faso

In Ouagadougou, students stay in student houses with other students in the program, in the neighborhood of Zogona.  Furnishings are basic.  Each house has a kitchen and students can cook their own meals if they choose. Each house has a day and night watchman, and a cleaning person. Lunch and dinner are prepared by a local cook and served as group meals, and will include a variety of typical local Burkinabè cuisine (sauce with rice or cous-cous, spaghetti, salad, and grilled meats) that most foreigners find  delicious.  In the villages, students will stay in student houses with other students in the program, with private latrine and bucket-shower area.  Villages do not have electricity or running water; conditions are very rudimentary. Students have breakfast (tea or coffee and bread), lunch and dinner prepared by a local village cook in the student house.  Villages for these home stays are located in a 30-kilometer radius, and students are visited every day by a staff member to make sure lodging and food are adequate.  Most villages have cell phone access, and students have cell phones, permitting regular contact to family in the United States.
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