List of resources for Azerbaijan

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


[edit] General Information
This site, created by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, is a general resource on culture, the structure of government, political districts, weather, and current affairs.
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Baku to how to convert from the dollar to the manat. Just click on Azerbaijan and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Azerbaijan and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.
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 around the world.

[edit] Azerbaijani Language Resources

Wikipedia Azerbaijani language
Overview of the Azerbaijani language and its history.

U.S. Peace Corps Azerbaijani Course
A survival Azerbaijani course created by and for Peace Corps Volunteers.

[edit] 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.
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.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites
A site for the “A to Z of Azerbaijan”
The site of a group of entertainment companies
Provides general information about the country and the capital
Official site of the president of Azerbaijan
A site for current news

International Development Sites About Azerbaijan
Open Society Institute and Assistance Foundation, an

[edit] Azerbaijani nongovernmental organization
Soros Foundation
Initiative for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia
U.S. Agency for International Development
Website that includes information, news, and dialogue about humanitarian organizations in Azerbaijan

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Awde, Nicholas, Nicholas Ande, and Famil Ismailov. Azerbaijani-English/English-Azerbaijani Dictionary and Phrasebook. New York, N.Y.: Hippocrene Books, 1999.
  2. de Waal, Thomas. Black Garden – Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War. New York University Press, 2003
  3. Elliott, Mark. Azerbaijan: With Excursions to Georgia. Trailblazer Publications, 2004.
  4. van der Leeuw, Charles. Azerbaijan: A Quest for Identity. Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.
  5. Kaplan, Robert D. Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. Random House, 2000.
  6. Karny, Yo’av. The Highlanders: A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.
  7. Plunkett, Richard and Masters, Tom. Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Footscray, Victoria; London: Lonely Planet Publications, 2004.
  8. Said, Kurban. Ali and Nino: A Love Story. New York: Overlook Press, 1999.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  4. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  5. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  6. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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