PC Volunteers' Houses


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Volunteers' Houses in Burkina Faso

Not all Peace Corps volunteers in Burkina Faso have as comfortable a house as my house (with electricity, running water, etc.). But we all have a safe and healthy place to live with lots of character and our own set of challenges. Even at my house, the electricity and water are often shut off or not working. A few other education volunteers have electricity or plumbing, but most of them live without either. And essentially all the health volunteers live in small villages without electricity. At some point, we all have to deal with bathing from a bucket of water, using a latrine, and reading/working by candlelight or the light of a lantern.

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Here are pictures of some of the volunteers' homes in my region and in the area around Bobo-Dioulasso. You can try to locate these villages on a great online map.

Click on a thumbnail to see a larger photo. 

Maggie's (then Andy's) delightful terrace in Séguénéga
(near Ouahigouya)

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February 2000

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Kristen's abode in Kalsaka  
(not far from Séguénéga) is provided by the local student parents' group.

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March 2000


Cindy's (then Liz's) place in Djibo--
Construction on the wall is almost done! 
(They say electricity is coming to Djibo, located northeast of Ouahigouya.)

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March 2000


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Suzanne with Puck (and John) at her cozy mud-brick home in Kalsaka, the same site as Kristen, but a different situation since Suzanne was a health volunteer and Kristen was a teacher.

March 2000

Bruce planted some great purple flowers over a year before this picture in his Koumbri courtyard, just north of Ouahigouya. Bruce (and his successor, Chris) have two lights that run off a car battery.

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March 2000

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Will and friends at his home in Thiou, north of Ouahigouya.  The world map in his salon was a trial run before undertaking a project for students to paint one at school.

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March 2000


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Tammy's new wall in Méné (a tiny village north of Ouahigouya) got a gate just after this photo with Bruce, John, and friends.

March 2000


Sure it looks small, but actually Anne's house is only a third of this duplex in Titao (near Ouahigouya).

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March 2000



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Monica manages to plant a garden where none have dared to try
(at her home in Bondukuy 
north of Bobo).

Summer 2001


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Yiaway's house in Djigouera, near Orodaro in the Bobo region (the donkeys are visitors)

Summer 2001


All photos are copyright Cathy Seeley. All rights reserved. No photo may be reproduced without permission except for small group educational purposes or with permission of the volunteer(s) in the photograph. 
For other uses, please contact Cathy Seeley.

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