List of resources for Bolivia

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Bolivia 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 Internet access, please visit your local library. Libraries offer free Internet usage and often let you print information to take home.

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[edit] General Information About Bolivia
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 Bolivia and learn more about its social and political history.
A study of Bolivia prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress for its Area Handbook Series
The CIA fact book has many up-to-date statistics on Bolivia.
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 of about 228 countries.

[edit] Languages in Bolivia

Peace Corps Spanish Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

Peace Corps Aymara Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

Peace Corps Guarani Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

Peace Corps Moore 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 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 hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.
Peace Corps Volunteers in the field and returned Volunteers who are affiliated with the Master’s International program at Michigan Tech make regular submissions to this site, including synopses of technical projects and links to technical resources that may be helpful to Volunteers in the field.
Amigos de Bolivia y Peru is the returned Peace Corps Volunteer group for Volunteers and staff who have served in Bolivia and Peru. Its website has information on both countries. The organization publishes a quarterly newsletter for members, which you may receive in-country. Your friends and family may join this group as well.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Bolivia
The site of La Razón, a La Paz daily newspaper (in Spanish)
This story about high infant mortality rates and antecedent development issues in Bolivia aired on National Public Radio in April 2001.
A thorough index of English and Spanish articles, research institutions, and information about Bolivia from the Latin American Network Information Center of the University of Texas at Austin.

[edit] International Development Sites About Bolivia
CARE offers a virtual field trip to its development projects in Bolivia.
This page focuses on the World Bank’s development assistance to Latin America.
The Partners of the Americas’ Farmer-to-Farmer project (which is supported by USAID) aims to improve economic opportunities in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean by increasing food production and distribution, promoting better farming and marketing operations, and helping conserve natural resources.
The Quipus Cultural Foundation is a nonprofit organization concerned with the promotion and preservation of the culture and art of Bolivia’s diverse ethnic groups.

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Cramer, Mark. Culture Shock!: Bolivia (rev. ed.). Portland, Ore.: Graphic Arts Center Publishing, 2003.
  2. Ferry, Stephen (photographer), and Eduardo Galeano. I Am Rich Potosi: The Mountain That Eats Men. New York: Monacelli Press, 1999.
  3. Healy, Kevin. Llamas, Weavings, and Organic Chocolate: Multicultural Grassroots Development in the Andes and Amazon of Bolivia. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001.
  4. Klein, Herbert S. Bolivia: The Evolution of a Multi-Ethnic Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  5. Nystrom, Andrew Dean and Morgan Konn. Lonely Planet Bolivia (5th ed.). New York: Lonely Planet, 2004.

[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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