List of resources for Niger

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Niger 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 Niger On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Niamey to how to convert from the dollar to the CFA franc. Just click on Niger and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about Niger from a traveler’s perspective.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically on the social and political history of countries around the world.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide. Scroll down to Niger.
This online atlas includes maps and geographical information. Search for Niger to find information and 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.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries around the world.

[edit] Languages in Niger

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

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

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

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

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
Ask Niger Volunteers anything: What should I bring? Will I be alone? Is there running water? Can I buy sugar?
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.
The site of the Niger returned Volunteers organization
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what returned Volunteers are saying about their service.
An independent news forum for returned Volunteers
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 Niger
A site with links to a variety of information about Niger, hosted by a returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Africa-America Institute site that aggregates and indexes content from more than 100 African news organizations
Brief news stories on Niger, sometimes confused with stories on the state of Niger in neighboring Nigeria (also available in French)
Information on food and agriculture in Niger (in French)
Provides links to a number of interesting sites on Niger
Country-specific data and links for West Africa, including Niger

[edit] International Development Sites About Niger
CARE’s page on Niger
Information about the Carter Center’s Guinea worm eradication program (search for Niger)
Information about UNICEF’s work in Niger
Africare’s work in Niger
Catholic Relief Services’ page on Niger

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Beckwith, Carol, and Marion Van Offelen. Nomads of Niger. Abradale Press, 1993. Book of photographs.
  2. Chilson, Peter. Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa. Atlanta: University of Georgia Press, 1999. Account of a former Volunteer’s experiences with a bush-taxi driver.
  3. Decalo, Samuel. Historical Dictionary of Niger. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1979. Description of the people and historical events through 1976; includes a bibliography.
  4. De Gramont, Sanche. Strong Brown God: The Story of the Niger River. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. Epic history of early European explorers of the Niger River written by a Pulitzer Prize winner.
  5. Diatta, Haoua. Shadow of Africa: Life of an African Ambassador’s Wife. 2000. Written by the wife of the Nigerien ambassador to the United States, this book gives a rare insight into the history, culture, and international politics of Africa and Niger.

[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, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.
  4. Redmon, Coates. Come As You Are: The Peace Corps Story. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Though out-of-print, this is a very entertaining read that can be found used with ease on the internet

[edit] Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, CA: McSeas Books, 2004.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, NY: Picador, 2003.
  4. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, NY: Perennial, 2001.
  5. Kennedy, Geraldine (ed.). From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, CA: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  6. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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