List of resources for Burkina Faso

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Burkina Faso and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure all these links are active and current, we cannot guarantee it.

A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, be aware that you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experiences, including comments by those who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. These opinions are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S. government, and we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.


[edit] General Information About Burkina Faso
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Ouagadougou to how to convert from the dollar to the CFA franc. Just click on Burkina Faso and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Burkina Faso and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries around the world.

[edit] Languages in Burkina Faso

Peace Corps Mandinka Course
Mandinka Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local volunteer activities.
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Burkina Faso
The website of the government of Burkina Faso (in French)
The website of the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (in French or English), which takes place in Burkina Faso every two years
Burkina Faso page from the University of Pennsylvania’s African Studies Center, with links to other sites of interest
A Stanford University-based site on the region with links to a variety of other sites
Site for the Art and Life in Africa Project of the University of Iowa, set up by returned Burkina Faso Volunteer Chris Roy, a professor of art history and specialist on Voltaic masks
The site of AllAfrica Global Media, a news and information service

[edit] International Development Sites
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
World Health Organization
United Nations Development Programme (in French)

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. Henry Holt and Company.
  2. Chilson, Peter. Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999.
  3. Else, David, et al. West Africa. Oakland, Calif.: Lonely Planet, 1999.
  4. Englebert, Pierre. Burkina Faso: Unsteady Statehood in West Africa. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1995.
  5. Guirma, Frederic. Tales of Mogho: African Stories from Upper Volta. New York: Macmillan, 1971.
  6. Rupley, Lawrence, and Daniel Miles McFarland. Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso (2nd ed.). Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998.
  7. Knight, James, and Katrina Manson. Burkina Faso: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides, 2006.

[edit] Books About the History of the Peace Corps

  1. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

[edit] Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  4. Kennedy, Geraldine (ed.). From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  5. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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