List of resources for Botswana

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Botswana 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 these sites, be aware that you will find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to give opinions and advice based on their own experiences. The opinions expressed are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S. government. You may find opinions of people who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. As you read these comments, we hope you will keep in mind that the Peace Corps is not for everyone, and no two people experience their service in the same way.


[edit] General Information About Botswana
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Gaborone to how to convert from the dollar to the pula. Just click on Botswana and go from there.
This is an excellent site for travel books, maps, and general information.
This site’s comprehensive travel guides include information on climate, health issues, and more.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Botswana and learn more about its social and political history.
Visit the website of the U.S. embassy in Botswana.
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] Languages in Botswana

Peace Corps Setswana 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. Here you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, composed of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities. Or go straight to the Friends of Botswana page:
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring to 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 from countries around the world.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Botswana
The website of the Botswana Gazette, a weekly newspaper based in Gaborone
The website of the government of Botswana offers daily news articles.
The website of Mmegi, a weekly newspaper based in Gaborone
The Mail & Guardian of South Africa contains articles of regional interest.

[edit] International Development Sites
U.S. Agency for International Development
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
United Nations Development Programme

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Alverson, Marianne. Under African Sun. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
  2. Denbow, James and Phenyo C. Thebe. Culture and Customs of Botswana. Greenwood Press, 2006.
  3. Dutfield, Michael. Marriage of Inconvenience: The Persecution of Ruth and Seretse Khama. London: Unwin Hyman, 1990.
  4. Head, Bessie. When Rain Clouds Gather. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann,1996.
  5. Rush, Norman. Whites: Stories. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.
  6. Smith, Alexander McCall. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. New York, NY: Anchor Books/Random House. 1998.
  7. Sparks, Allister. The Mind of South Africa. New York: Knopf, 1990.

[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, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

[edit] Books on the Volunteer Experience

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