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 Living in Africa

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.

TransitionsAbroad.com 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 in Cairo The Magic of Living in Cairo: City of Paradoxes by Naira Bonilla
Senegal car rapide An American Living in Dakar, Senegal by Robert Chatfield
Children in Northern Kenya Uncovering Tribal Life in Northern Kenya by Senior Contributing Editor Lies Ouwerkerk
Kenya foster child The AmeriKenyan: Straddling Two Worlds in Nairobi. Kenya by Anena Hanson
Volunteer in Kenya Volunteering and Living in Kenya by Anena Hansan
South Africa elephant Camping Safari in Northern South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe by Lies Ouwerkerk
South Africa Cape cycling Cycling South Africa’s Cape and Winelands by Lies Ouwerkerk
South Africa Cape How to Enjoy Cape Town on a Budget: 12 Must-Dos in South Africa’s Mother City by Lies Ouwerkerk
Travel in South Africa Five Unforgettable Adventures in South Africa by Ted Campbell
Zimbabwe elephant Why Zimbabwe is the Best Safari Destination for Ethical Travelers by Rebecca Shapiro
Safari in Botswana Journey Botswana: New Safaris Are Lessons in Ecology by Rob Sangster
Camping safari Tanzania Camping in Africa Brings You Closest to the People, the Culture, and the Wildlife by Janet Williams
Travel in North Sudan Cruising Through the Magical Desert of Northern Sudan by Lies Ouwerkerk
Woman in South Angola Tribal Encounters in Remote Southern Angola by Lies Ouwerkerk
Woman in Cameroon Time Travel in Northern Cameroon: Living Among the Dupa by Lies Ouwerkerk
Chad Wodaabe Festival Annual Festival of the Wodaabe in Chad: Courtship Rituals and Beauty Contests by Lies Ouwerkerk
Men on camels in Mauritania Traveling Along Mauritania's Ancient Caravan Routes by Lies Ouwerkerk
Griot Kora in the Gambia Kora Sounds from the Griot Compounds: The Gambia by Lies Ouwerkerk
Festival on Niger with man dancing in blue The Annual Festival on the Niger in Mali by Lies Ouwerkerk
Market in Madagascar Visiting the Tribes of Madagascar by Lies Ouwerkerk
Adventure in Morocco Adventures in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
Riding camels in Morocco Teaching English and Living in Morocco by Lucas M. Peters
Senior Group Travel Morocco Senior Small Group Tour Visiting the Berbers of Morocco by Sarah Massey.
Couscous in Tunisia Hospitable Tunisia and its Tantalizing Cuisine: "A Moveable Feast" For the Budget Traveler by Lies Ouwerkerk
Adventure Travel with Tuaregs in Mail Among the Blue Men: Travel, Ritual, and Adventure with a Tuareg Nomadic Tribe in Mali by James Michael Dorsey
Three Shared Experiences in Ethiopia Three Shared Experiences in Ethiopia by Anita Howard
Early mankind in Tanzania The Hadzabe of Tanzania: Visiting My Own Ancestors by James Michael Dorsey
Climbing Kilimanjaro in Kenya

Listening to the Silence: Climbing Kilimanjaro and Encounting a Maasai Elder in Kenya by James Michael Dorsey

Maasai tribe Walking with Markus by James Michael Dorsey
An exorcism in Burkino Faso The Accidental Spirit: Experiencing an Exorcism in Burkina Faso, West Africa by James Michael Dorsey
Desert safari in Egypt A Desert Escape in Egypt. by Nicole Feliciano
Zulu huts Finding Community at a Tomb Unveiling: A Sacred Zulu Ritual in South Africa by Amanda Penn
Malawi The Motherland by Amanda Formoso
Microfinance internships in India Internship with an Ethiopian NGO by Sara Cornish
Volunteer in Namibia Top Volunteer Sending Organizations in Africa by Zahara Heckscher
Volunteer in South African preserve Volunteer at a South African Game Preserve by Lisa Chavis
Volunteer in Zambia as Student Volunteer Service in Zambia: A Little Goes a Long Way by Marissa Sutera
Volunteer in South Africa caring for penguins Volunteer in South Africa Rehabilitating the Penguins of SANCCOB by Jane Stanfield
A volunteer program in South Africa dedicated to helping rehabilitate penguins to be sent back to the wild.
Volunteer teaching English in Namibia Ten Ways a Teaching Certificate Helped Me Teach in Namibia: Lessons Learned as a Volunteer Teacher by Morgan Canup
Gorillas in Uganda Gorilla Conservation in Uganda: Volunteering with the Peace Corps by Thor Hanson
Working as a volunteer to ensure the responsible care of an endangered species.
Living and Working in Africa by Volker Poelzl
Teaching English in Africa: Volunteer Opportunities Abound for Young and Old by B. Susan Bauer
The Real Peace Corps by Matt Brown
Volunteer in South Africa’s Lion and Safari Park by Sergio and Pat Pastore
Volunteer Effectively in Nigeria: The Key is Thinking Grassroots by Lola Akinmade
Aluminum Recollections in Nigeria by Elizabeth Bernays
Interview with Seun Kuti of Nigeria
Market Hopping Around Lagos by Lola Akinmade
A Glimpse into Nigerian Culture on the International Stage by Lola Akinmade
Sensible Rules for Safe Travel in South Africa: Tips to Enjoy a Culturally Varied and Naturally Beautiful Country by Pearl Harris
24 Hours in Dakar, Senegal by Irene Abdou
Volunteering to Teach in Ghana with Global Volunteers by Carole Katz
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
Traveling Responsibly in West Africa: For Those Who Seek Raw Adventure Writ Large by Jason Motlagh
Independent West Africa Travel Planner by Terry Redding
The Fulani of Burkina Faso and Niger: The Heart of a Nomadic People by Irene Abdou
Lost in Marrakesh, Morocco by Kevin Dimetres
Food Markets in Rabat, Morocco by Beebe Bahrami
Feasting in Fez by Beebe Bahrami
A Diary in Tunisia in Words and Images by Irene Abdou
Education from the Streets of Giza by Alexander Breimann
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
Study French and Wolof in Dakar, Senegal by Katie Krueger
Study Abroad in South Africa by Adam Karlin
Study Abroad Living and in Ghana by Isabel Dickinson
Study Abroad in Tanzania: On Borders, Bananas, and Being Back by Danae Roumis
Studying and Living in Cairo and Traveling in the Desert Dunes of Egypt by Rachel Tobias
A High School Summer in Egypt Studying Arabic by Connie Ip
Life Lessons in Ghana by Lauren Elliott 
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
An Exorcism in Zambia by Guy William Volk
A Report from Northern Uganda by Kristin Anne Fleshner
The Timkat Coffee Club by Joanna Griffin
A Return to the Smallest Country in Africa by Miranda Paul
Coffee: A Universal Language by Jenny Williams
From an Ethnic to an African Island by Sandra Jackson-Opoku
A Review of the Book "Choosing Africa" written by B.Susan Bauer by Volker Poelzl
Mouth to Mouth by Kristianne Huntsberger
Letter from Ethiopia: Visitors to Africa’s “Best-Kept Secret” Receive Rich Rewards by Clay and Joanna Hubbs

 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

Expat.com is a worldwide directory of blogs related to expatriate life, with listings for several countries in Africa.

 News and Media in Africa

Africa.com 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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