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The Essential Expatriate Resources

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Articles on Africa
Expatriate Websites and Resources
Facts and Information on Africa
News and Media in Africa
Recommended Reading on Africa
Travel Information for Africa

Africa is a huge and diverse continent with a wealth of natural resources and great cultural diversity. But after centuries of economic exploitation from colonial powers, most African countries still struggle to achieve political, economic and social stability. Rebel groups operate in many countries, and ethnic and religious conflict is widespread. This makes African countries a difficult destination for expatriates, but there are notable exceptions.

Botswana, for example, has been a stable democracy since its independence in 1966. It is a country with a rapidly growing economy, and low inflation. Angola ended its 27-year civil war in 2002, and has embarked on s slow course of recovery. South Africa has shown strong economic growth and political stability since the end of apartheid. As Africa's wealthiest and most developed nation, South Africa attracts international business, expatriates and students. And soccer fans will enjoy hearing that in 2010 South Africa will host the biggest international event ever to take place on African soil: the Fifa World Cup soccer tournament–a sure sign that the international community is beginning to recognize that some countries in Africa are on a steady path toward stability and prosperity.

According to the Association of American Residents Overseas (AARO), which relies on figures from the U.S. government among other sources, there are currently about 90,000 Americans living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Due to the fact that the African continent attracts only a small number of expatriates from Europe and North America, we currently only offer specific country information for Egypt and South Africa. has compiled the best resources about Africa for current expatriates and those who dream of moving and living abroad. Most of the listed resources have separate sections for many African countries. —Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl

 Featured Articles on Living, Working, Studying, Traveling, and Volunteering in Africa
Living and Working in Africa by Volker Poelzl
An American Living in Dakar, Senegal by Robert Chatfield
The AmeriKenyan: Straddling Two Worlds in Nairobi by Anena Hansan
Volunteering and Living in Kenya by Anena Hansan
Teaching English in Africa: Volunteer Opportunities Abound for Young and Old by B. Susan Bauer
Teaching English in Namibia with Worldteach: A Week in the Life of a Volunteer by Narelle Greig
Ten Ways a Teaching Certificate Helped Me Teach in Namibia: Lessons Learned as a Volunteer Teacher by Morgan Canup
Volunteering in Africa: How to Prepare and What to Expect by Brendan Sainsbury
The Real Peace Corps by Matt Brown
Volunteer in South Africa Rehabilitating the Penguins of SANCCOB by Jane Stanfield
Volunteer at a South African Game Preserve: Getting Up Close to an African Safari by Giving of Yourself by Lisa M. Chavis
Volunteer in South Africa’s Lion and Safari Park by Sergio and Pat Pastore
Volunteer in Tanzania with Cross-Cultural Solutions by Ben Gerrish
Volunteer with Global Service Corps in its International Health program in Tanzania by Melanie Williams
Volunteer in Tanzania with the Global Service Corps HIV/AIDS Program by Kimberly Walker
Volunteer in Tanzania as a Senior and Make Retirement Count with Global Service Corps by Amy Warren and Winsin Hsieh
Volunteer Effectively in Nigeria: The Key is Thinking Grassroots by Lola Akinmade
Agribusiness Volunteers in Nigeria: Give and Gain in a Developing Country by Donna Rosa
Volunteering to Teach in Ghana with Global Volunteers by Carole Katz
Volunteer Service in Ghana with AFS by Caroline McKay
Volunteering in Zambia: Sharing Knowledge With Local Farmers and Learning From a New Culture by Marianne Stamm
Kidnapped in Rwanda: How to Be a Responsible Travel Activist by Robert Powell Sangster
A Review of the Book "Choosing Africa" written by B.Susan Bauer by Volker Poelzl
Traveling Responsibly in West Africa: For Those Who Seek Raw Adventure Writ Large by Jason Motlagh
Independent West Africa Travel Planner by Terry Redding
24 Hours in Dakar, Senegal by Irene Abdou
The Fulani of Burkina Faso and Niger: The Heart of a Nomadic People by Irene Abdou
Budget Safari Adventure in Ghana by Lauren Edwards
Journey Botswana: New Safaris Are Lessons in Ecology by Rob Sangster
Namibian Camping Safaris: Budget-Priced Community-Based Nature Tourism by Anne Loxton
Camping in Africa Brings You Closest to the People, the Culture, and the Wildlife by Janet Williams
Camping Safari in Northern South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe by Lies Ouwerkerk
Time Travel in Northern Cameroon: Living Among the Dupa by Lies Ouwerkerk
Why Zimbabwe is the Best Safari Destination for Ethical Travelers
Bike Across Africa: Modest Rigors Yield Big Rewards by Hope Wall
Walking with Gorillas: Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Southwest Uganda by Thor Hanson
Solo Woman Traveler: East African Etiquette by Terrie Chilvers
Nature Travel in Ghana, West Africa’s Threshold by Steve Wiegenstein
A Glimpse into Nigerian Culture on the International Stage by Lola Akinmade
Interview with Seun Kuti of Nigeria
The Berbers of Morocco: Senior Group Travel to Remote Places Pays Dividends by Sarah Massey
Rural Tourism in Morocco: Women’s Cooperative Promotes Development by Nicole Perkins
A Roman Town in Morocco by Carolyn Theriault
Trekking in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
Lost in Marrakesh, Morocco by Kevin Dimetres
Food Markets in Rabat, Morocco by Beebe Bahrami
Trekking in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
Traveling Along Mauritania's Ancient Caravan Routes by Lies Ouwerkerk
Festival on the Niger: Africa's Most Exciting Celebration Of Tribal Traditions And Cultures by Lies Ouwerkerk
Kora Sounds from the Griot Compounds: The Gambia by Lies Ouwerkerk
Visiting the Tribes of Madagascar by Lies Ouwerkerk
Tribal Encounters in Remote Southern Angola by Lies Ouwerkerk
A Diary in Tunisia in Words and Images by Irene Abdou
Sensible Rules for Safe Travel in South Africa: Tips to Enjoy a Culturally Varied and Naturally Beautiful Country by Pearl Harris
Coffee Bay: Discovering the Culture of the Xhosa People of South Africa's Wild Coast by Tanya Linnegar
A Visit to Soweto, South Africa by Lucy Corne
Travel in Swaziland: The Joys of Plans Gone Awry by Dorothy Conlon
Study French and Wolof in Dakar, Senegal by Katie Krueger
Study Abroad in South Africa by Adam Karlin
Letter from Ethiopia: Visitors to Africa’s “Best-Kept Secret” Receive Rich Rewards by Clay and Joanna Hubbs
Ethiopia And Eritrea: Wonders of the Horn by Chris Shinn
Finding Community at a Tomb Unveiling: A Sacred Zulu Ritual in South Africa by Amanda Penn
An Exorcism in Zambia: Working Together to Solve a Problem...and Celebrate Life by Guy William Volk
A Report from Northern Uganda: Excerpt from Traveling Fellowship Update by Kristin Anne Fleshner
Living in Nampula, Mozambique: Just Left of Paradise by Caroline Cowan

 Facts and Information on Africa

African Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania. Site offers a huge number of links for information about Africa.

BBC News provides country profiles on history, politics, economic background, and recent news in its Africa Section.

The CIA World Factbook contains country profiles with basic information, including all countries in Africa.

The Consular Information Sheets by the U.S. Department of State, provide useful information for travelers and expatriates on all African countries, with Travel Warnings, Travel Publications (general travel advice), and much more.

The Stanford Africa Collections site offers a huge number of links to websites of organizations concerned with Africa, arranged by topics such as development, health, and human rights.

Nations Online Project is a destination guide to countries of the world. The Africa Section provides links to all African countries.

The U.S. Department of State publishes Country Background Notes, with facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations, with separate sections for North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, provides useful articles and information about Africa in general, with links to specific countries.

 Expatriate Websites and Resources for Africa is a worldwide directory of blogs related to expatriate life, with listings for several countries in Africa.

 News and Media in Africa provides "carefully selected news," articles, guides and other resources about the African continent, including country-by-country guides.

AllAfrica distributes over 2000 news and information items daily from over 130 African news organizations as well as their own reporters to an African global public.

BBC News Africa is a daily updated news source covering Africa by one of the most prominent news organizations in the world.

 Recommended Reading on Africa
Lonely Planet Africa by Gemma Pitcher, David Andrew, Kate Armstrong, and James Bainbridge
Lonely Planet Africa on a Shoestring by Kevin Anglin, Becca Blond, and Jean-Bernard Carillet
Lonely Planet Healthy Travel Africa (Lonely Planet Healthy Travel Guides Africa) by Isabelle Young
Lonely Planet West Africa by Anthony Ham and James Bainbridge
Lonely Planet East Africa by Mary Fitzpatrick and Tom Parkinson
Lonely Planet Southern Africa by Alan Murphy, Kate Armstrong, Matthew Firestone, and Mary Fitzpatrick
Lonely Planet Trekking in East Africa by Matt Fletcher, David Wenk, and Mary Fitzpatrick
Africa (Rough Guide 25s) by Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to West Africa by Richard Trillo
Fodor's African Safari, 1st Edition: From Budget to Big Spending Where and How to Find the Best Big Game Adventure In Southern and Eastern Africa by Fodor's
Africa: A Biography of the Continent by John Reader
History of Africa by Kevin Shillington
Africa: A Modern History by Guy Arnold
The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn't Working by Robert Calderisi
Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith
Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa's Future by George B.N. Ayittey
Africa Overland: 4x4-Motorbike-Bicycle-Truck by Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons.

 Travel Information for Africa

Lonely Planet Worldguide provides a lot of useful travel information about Africa in its Explore Africa section, including most countries in Africa.

Rough Guides Destinations offers a lot of useful travel advice and information for most countries, with a section on Africa, including several African countries.

Morocco-Guide offers information for visitors about many destinations in the country and help using the variety of languages.


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