Suggested Reading list:


Books about the History of the Peace Corps

1. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent

Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution

Press, 2004.

2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace

Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame

Press, 1985.

3. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The

Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge,

Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Books on the Volunteer Experience

1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace

Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.:

Ten Speed Press, 2000.

2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan

Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red

Apple Publishing, 2000.

3. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a

Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books,


4. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two

Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York,

N.Y.: Picador, 2003.

5. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How

Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin.

Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999

6. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.

New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.

7. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth:

Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.:

Clover Park Press, 1991.

8. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps

Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington

Press, 1997 (reprint).

Books about Cameroon

1. Ardener, Edwin. Kingdom on Mount Cameroon:

Studies in the History of the Cameroon Coast 1500–

1960. New York: Berghahn Books, 1996.

2. Barley, Nigel. The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes

From a Mud Hut. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland

Press, 2000.

3. Delancey, Mark. Cameroon: Dependence and

Independence. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1989.

4. Goheen, Miriam. Men Own the Field, Women Own

the Crops: Gender and Power in the Cameroon

Grassfields. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press,


5. Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone. Lament for a Silver-Eyed

Woman. New York: William Morrow, 1987.

Travel DVD about Cameroon

1. Globetrekker Cameroon. Pilot Productions. 2005.


Film about Cameroon

1. Sisters-in-Law. 2005. By Florence Ayisi and Kim



Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Cameroon.

General Information About Cameroon

On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Yaoundé to how to convert from US dollars to the CFA francs. You need to create a login and password, then just click on Cameroon 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 Cameroon 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 worldwide.

Connect With Other Volunteers

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 Cameroon site:

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.

Online Articles/Current News Sites about Cameroon

Site of the Africa Information Center

Cameroon news site

Cameroon news site

Cameroon news site


CIA Factbook on Cameroon

In addition, BBC News, VOA news, International Herald

Tribune, and RFI (Radio France Internationale) all have good

news websites on Africa.


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