List of resources for Cameroon

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

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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. 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. This site is the official site for returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Cameroon, and is affiliated with the National Peace Corps Association. Founded in 1987, FOC supports small village-based development projects, provides a reource to remain connected with Cameroon and other Cameroon RPCVs, and sponsors periodic social events for Cameroon RPCVs. Membership is open to anyone who served in Cameroon.

Online Articles/Current News Sites About Cameroon
Site of the Africa Information Center

Recommended Books

  1. Amin, Julius. The Peace Corps in Cameroon. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1992. [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!]
  2. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000. [RPCV, Cameroon]
  3. Lederer, William J & Burdick, Eugene. The Ugly American. Ney York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.: 1958.
  4. Ardener, Edwin. Kingdom on Mount Cameroon: Studies in the History of the Cameroon Coast 1500– 1960. New York: Berghahn Books, 1996.
  5. Barley, Nigel. The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, 2000.
  6. Delancey, Mark. Cameroon: Dependence and Independence. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1989.
  7. Maren, Michael. The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity. New York, NY: The Free Press, 1997. [RPCV, Kenya]
  8. Goheen, Miriam. Men Own the Field, Women Own the Crops: Gender and Power in the Cameroon Grassfields. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.

Recommended Travel DVD about Cameroon

  1. Globetrekker Cameroon. Pilot Productions. 2005.

Recommended Film about Cameroon

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

Recommended Book about the Peace Corps in Cameroon

  1. Amin, Julius. The Peace Corps in Cameroon. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1992.

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.

Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  2. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  3. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  4. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999 [RPCV, Cameroon]
  5. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  6. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  7. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
  8. Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone. Lament for a Silver-Eyed Woman. New York: William Morrow, 1987. [Novel by a Cameroon RPCV]