List of resources for Bulgaria

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Bulgaria 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 personal websites, blogs, bulletin boards, and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experiences. You will find statements by Volunteers and former Volunteers who write glowingly of their Peace Corps experience and 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. No two people experience their service in the same way.


[edit] General Information About Bulgaria
Wikipedia’s entry on Bulgaria covers its history, culture, politics, and much more. It also serves as a starting point to browse through much more information on more specific Bulgarian topics.
Guide to Bulgaria - covering all geographic regions, districts, towns, villages and resorts, with maps, facts and figures, postal and phone codes, local news, useful links, pictures, news and much more.
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.
A thorough reader’s guide to Bulgaria, though over a decade old.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
Provides cultural highlights; restaurant, club, and bar guides; movie, concert, and theatre listings; and more for Bulgaria’s major cities.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Bulgaria and learn more about its social and political history.
Provides lots of statistical information on the countries of the world.
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.
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Sofia to how to convert from the dollar to the lev. Though you can access general information about Bulgaria, you must pay a fee and log on to access regular country updates.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide, although not all the information is in English.

[edit] Language Resources for Bulgaria
Wikipedia description of the Bulgarian language and its history.
U.S. Foreign Service Institute Bulgarian language course with text and audios (public domain)

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
A bulletin board for Volunteers, invitees, RPCVs, and staff from Peace Corps/Bulgaria. Here you can ask any questions you have for other members of the Peace Corps/Bulgaria community.
A news forum serving returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, composed 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 an online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Bulgaria
The site of the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC.
A travel site with information on Bulgarian history and culture.
The online version of Bulgaria’s English language newspaper.
Sofia News Agency site with news in English.

[edit] International Development Sites About Bulgaria
The United Nations Development Programme in Bulgaria.
Information about the U.S. Agency for International Development’s work in Bulgaria.
Human Rights Watch report on Bulgaria.

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Crampton, R.J. A Short History of Modern Bulgaria. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
  2. Fonseca, Isabel. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. New York: Knopf, 1995.
  3. Kaplan, Robert D. Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.
  4. Karklins, Rasma. The System Made Me Do It: Corruption in Post-Communist Societies, Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2005.
  5. Kostich, Dragos D. The Land and People of the Balkans: Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1962, 1973.
  6. MacDermott, Mercia. The Apostle of Freedom: A Portrait of Vasil Levsky. London: Allen & Unwin, 1967.
  7. Sanders, Irwin T. Balkan Village. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1949.
  8. Townson, Annabelle. We Wait for You: Unheard Voices from Post-Communist Romania. Lanham, Maryland: Hamilton Books, 2005 (paperback).

[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. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  3. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  4. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Clover Park Press, 1991. 5. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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