List of resources for Togo
We offer a list of websites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and Togo, connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees, and to start working on/reviewing French language. Please keep in mind that links change. We have tried to make sure all these links are active and current, but we cannot guarantee it.
A note of caution: As you surf these sites, please remember 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 United States government. You can also connect with returned Volunteers who may be able to share very useful information about their experiences. As you read these comments, we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.
General Information About the Country
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations or www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide
Visit these sites to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
This is the website for the U.S. State Department. There you can find information about Togo and learn more about its social and political history.
This site provides up-to-date information on political and sporting events in Togo. AllAfrica aggregates and indexes content from over 125 African news organizations, plus more than 200 other sources, who are responsible for their own reporting and views.
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.
Website for CIA factbook
Additional websites of interest:
Togo news sites such as:
http://www.ufctogo.com/sommaire.php3 (in French)
http://www.togoforum.com/ (in French)
http://www.icilome.com/ (in French)
http://www.republicoftogo.com/fr/home.asp (in French)
http://www.letogolais.com/ (in French)
http://www.togoglobe.com/ (in English)
http://www.diastode.org (in English and French)
(maps and facts about Togo in English) http://www.africafocus.org/country/togo.php (in English)
Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees at:
This Yahoo 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 skip straight to the Friends of Togo site:
The Friends of Togo Fufu Bar. Meeting place for ex-Togo RPCV's: http://peacecorpsonline.org/crossroads/togo.html
This site is an independent news forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. It includes an RPCV directory organized by country of service.
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.
Togo-L - An e-mail discussion list (listserv) sponsored by the Friends of Togo/Les Amis du Togo
Togo-L is an electronic mail discussion list sponsored by the Friends of Togo, Inc. (FoT). It was created in 1997 and has 750 subscribers. Togo-L is a means to communicate rapidly, frequently, and conveniently about Togo and about FoT via e-mail. As a subscriber to Togo-L, when you send an e-mail message to the Togo-L e-mail address, your message will be automatically re-sent to the addresses of all Togo-L subscribers. You will receive via e-mail all messages "posted" to the list by your fellow subscribers.
A wide variety of subjects is appropriate to be addressed in Togo-L messages. These include: FoT announcements and publications; searching for old friends; news reports about Togo; development projects; NGO activities; Peace Corps/Togo; FoT projects, scholarships, and flights; business and job opportunities; politics; human rights; Internet and computing; letters from Togo; the Togolese economy; sports; and anything else relating to Togo.
How to Subscribe to Togo-L: Direct your Web browser to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Togo-L/ and click on the "Join This Group" button and follow the instructions. With a Yahoo ID and password, you will be able to read messages and manage your Togo-L subscription online and access message archives, in addition to receiving Togo-L messages in your e-mail InBox.
Simply send a blank e-mail message to: Togo-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any difficulty with your subscription to Togo-L, send an e-mail message to the Togo-L List Owner at Togo-L@friendsoftogo.org
French Language Websites
It is a good idea to practice French as much as possible before your departure. Local language instruction will be extremely important when you begin your training in-country, and it can only begin when your French level is sufficiently advanced.
The following free websites may be useful:
Learn French with audio:
French Language Guide with Sound:
Basic French Grammar Site (no sound):
wordPROF, French Vocabulary Online (including interactive scenes):
ARTFL French-English and English-French Dictionaries:
A Wealth of Links to Resources on Francophone Africa:
- Decalo, Samuel. Historical Dictionary of Togo. 3rd Edition. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press. 1996.
- Foreign Economic Trends and Their Implications: Togo. Latest Edition. Washington, DC, Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration.
- Kourouma, Ahmadou. Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals. University Press of Virginia. 2001 (Translated from French).
- Lewis, Tom and Jungman, Robert. On Being Foreign: Culture Shock in Short Fiction. Intercultural Press. 1986
- Naipaul, V.S. A Bend in the River. Vintage; Reissue edition. 1989
- Newton, Alex. West Africa, A Travel Survival Kit. Alex Newton. Berkeley, CA, Lonely Planet. 1988.
- Piot, Charles. Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Books About the History of the Peace Corps
- Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
- Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
- Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.
Books on the Volunteer Experience
- Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
- Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, CA: McSeas Books, 2004.
- Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
- Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, NY: Picador, 2003.
- Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, NY: Perennial, 2001.
- Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
- Kennedy, Geraldine (ed.). From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, CA: Clover Park Press, 1991.
- Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).