Good places to be in French-speaking Africa?
June 29, 2006 11:14 AM Subscribe
Where can I safely and productively visit in French-speaking Africa for a few weeks (other French-speaking areas considered)?
posted by amtho to Travel & Transportation around (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been refreshing and augmenting the French I started learning in high school, and in the next year or so may be ready to try it out. I want to travel, I think to Africa, which has intrigued me for a while. However, it seems like every African country I hear about is in the middle of some kind of terrible political situation and wouldn't be at all safe. I hope this is just because the happy, peaceful African countries get no press.
France is an option, but I was wondering if it would be much more expensive to stay there than Africa. Also, yes, I know they speak French in parts of Canada, but I was hoping for a more different culture (I'm from the US).
I'm very caucasian, short, female, if that makes a difference.
Can anyone recommend somewhere interesting to visit for a few weeks, or maybe a little longer? Any ideas for interesting French-language travel would be welcome. I won't have much of a budget, and would be interested in the possibility of working or even volunteering while there.
Not sure if teaching English would be my best choice, though, since I'll be trying to learn another language (seems like focusing on English could make it difficult to immerse myself in French).
I sometimes wish I'd joined the Peace Corps 10 years ago when I graduated college...