List of resources for Mauritania

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Mauritania, or 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 these sites, be aware that you will find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to give opinions and advice based on their own experiences. The opinions expressed are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S. government. You may find opinions of people who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. As you read these comments, we hope you will keep in mind that the Peace Corps is not for everyone, and no two people experience their service in the same way.


[edit] General Information About Mauritania
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Nouakchott to information about converting currency from the dollar to the ouguiya. Just click on Mauritania and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Mauritania and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments of countries around the world.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. 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 searches for statistical information on member states.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.
This website, created by a Peace Corps/Mauritania Volunteer, provides basic information about Mauritania and Peace Corps’ activities.

[edit] Languages in Mauritania

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

[edit] Connect With Other Invitees, Current Volunteers, and Returned Volunteers
This site is maintained by Volunteers currently serving in Mauritania, who invite you to join them for gathering information, asking questions, and meeting your fellow invitees.
This site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
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. Or go straight to the Friends of Mauritania (FORIM) site: www.
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Mauritania

  1. University of Nouakchott has information available in English, French, and Arabic:
  2. AllAfrica Global Media’s site is
  3. The University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center has pan-African information. See the General Resources section for country pages:
  4. The Mauritania Post has many Mauritania-specific information and links for Nouakchott, Mauritania, and Africa: 21

[edit] International Development Sites About Mauritania

  1. United Nations Development Programme in Mauritania in French:
  2. The World Bank: Enter Mauritania in the search window. Recommended Books

[edit] Specific to Mauritania and West Africa:

  1. Chilson, Peter. Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999.
  2. Else, David, et al. Lonely Planet Guide: West Africa. Oakland, Calif.: Lonely Planet Publications, 1999.
  3. McLean, Virginia. The Western Saharans. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1980.
  4. Murphy, Joseph. Mauritania in Photographs. Minneapolis, Minn.: Crossgar Press, 1998.
  5. Pazzanita, Anthony G., and Alfred G. Gerteiny. Historical Dictionary of Mauritania (2nd ed.). Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1996.
  6. Dettwyler, Katherine A. Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1994.

[edit] Useful cultural anthropology books

  1. Hall, Edward T. The Dance of Life. New York, NY: Anchor Books/Random House, 1983.
  2. Hall, Edward T. The Silent Language. New York, NY: Anchor Books/Random House, 1959, 1973.
  3. Hall, Edward T. Beyond Culture. New York, NY: Anchor Books/Random House, 1976.
  4. Hall, Edward T. The Hidden Dimension. New York, NY: Anchor Books/Random House, 1969, 1990.

The books by Hall are not specific to Mauritania, but can be extremely useful in the understanding of the ways that different cultures perceive time, space, and distance.

[edit] Books About 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. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  4. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  5. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  6. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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