List of resources for Senegal

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Senegal 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. If you do not have access to the Internet, visit your local library. Libraries offer free Internet usage and often let you print information to take home.

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[edit] General Information About Senegal
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Dakar to how to convert from the dollar to the CFA franc. Just click on “Senegal” and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The State Department’s website issues background notes about countries around the world. Find Senegal 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 UN.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about 228 countries.

[edit] Languages in Senegal

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

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

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

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

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees

The Senegal desk at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., has a list of Volunteers recently returned from Senegal whom you can contact.
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 Wed 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 e-mail address for the Friends of Senegal is
This site provides links to various Peace Corps-related sites.
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 Senegal
Description of the AIDS education mural project in Senegal, in which Volunteers in the Fouta region created a nontraditional method of presenting AIDS information to illiterate rural residents
Site of the Senegal Post
Information on elections in Senegal
Official site of the government of Senegal (in French)
Current information on the government of Senegal Provides links to a variety of sites about Senegal
Practical information for getting around the country
Information on the Great Mosque of Touba
A Senegalese Web portal (in French)

[edit] International Development Sites
World Bank data on Senegal
United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks
Plan International Australia
An orientation to Senegal from Lewis and Clark University
Site of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Barlow, Clive, et al. A Field Guide to Birds of the Gambia and Senegal. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1998.
  2. Behrman, Lucy C. Muslim Brotherhoods and Politics in Senegal. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1970. (Also available in a 1999 paperback from
  3. Gellar, Sheldon. Senegal: An African Nation Between Islam and the West. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1995.
  4. Gordon, Eugene (ed.). Senegal in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1989. (Available from
  5. Fagg, William Buller, et al. Yoruba: Sculpture of West Africa. New York: Knopf, 1984.

[edit] Books About the Peace Corps

  1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000 (paperback).
  2. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
  3. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on theYangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
  4. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000 (paperback).
  5. Thomsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1969, 1997 (paperback).
  6. Tidwell, Mike. The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn. Guilford, Conn.: The Lyons Press, 1990, 1996 (paperback).
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