List of resources for Bangladesh

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Bangladesh, 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. If you do not have access to the Internet, visit your local library. Libraries offer free Internet usage and often let you print information to take home.

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 About Bangladesh
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Dhaka to how to convert from the dollar to the taka. Just click on Bangladesh and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Bangladesh and learn more about its social and political history.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the UN.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about 228 countries.

[edit] Languages in Bangladesh

Peace Corps Bengali Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for 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. A former Volunteer who served in Kenya maintains it. 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.
To see some snapshots of Bangladesh, check out this Web page set up by the family of a Bangladesh Volunteer.

[edit] International Development Sites About Bangladesh
Asian Development Bank
Food and Agriculture Organization
International Labour Organization
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Site of the World Bank’s Dhaka office
World Health Organization

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Collins, Larry, and Dominique Lapierre. Freedom at Midnight. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1975.
  2. Gardner, Katy. Songs at the River’s Edge: Stories From a Bangladeshi Village. London: Virago Press, 1992.
  3. Hartmann, Betsy, and James K. Boyce. A Quiet Violence: View From a Bangladesh Village. London: Zed Books, 1984.
  4. Monan, Jim. Bangladesh: The Strength to Succeed. Herndon, Va.: Stylus Publishing, 1990.
  5. Novak, James J. Bangladesh: Reflections on the Water. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.

[edit] Books About the Peace Corps

  1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000 (paperback).
  2. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
  3. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
  4. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000 (paperback).
  5. Thomsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1969, 1997 (paperback).
  6. Tidwell, Mike. The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn. Guilford, Conn.: The Lyons Press, 1990, 1996 (paperback).
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