Santa Clara University

SCU Burkina Faso

SCU Burkina Faso

Reading West Africa: Photography and Engagement with Community Libraries for Development

The Santa Clara University Fall Quarter Study Abroad/Immersion in Burkina Faso is a study abroad program for students interested in combining academic work on the development challenges of West Africa with immersion and community-based learning experiences in public libraries in small towns and villages in rural areas.

Students spend part of the program in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and several weeks in a rural village in southwestern Burkina Faso. French is recommended but not required. Students without French background must take an introductory conversational French and West African culture course.

Term: Fall Only  

Program Highlights: 

  • Intern in a village community library helping children read
  • Create and publish two books of photographs about village life in Burkina Faso
  • Engage with development challenges of West Africa, one of world's poorest regions. Immerse yourself in French and Dioula (for beginners and advanced students).
  • Read novels of French West Africa (for advanced French students)
  • Visit fabulous natural landscapes of the region

We are accepting applications for Fall 2014!!

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