List of resources for Cape Verde

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We offer a list of Websites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and Cape Verde, or connect you to returned Volunteers. Please keep in mind that website links change. We have tried to make sure all these links are active and current, but 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 these sites, please also remember 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 United States government. You may also 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 the Countries:
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Praia to information about converting currency from the dollar to the escudo. Just click on Cape Verde and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
This U.S. State Department website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Cape Verde and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments of countries around the world.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political backgrounds.
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 worldwide.
Website for the U.S. embassy in Praia, Cape Verde.

[edit] Languages in Cape Verde

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

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees:
This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
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.
This is the Peace Corps Cape Verde wiki. The idea is to provide a central location to post information relevant to current and prospective PCVs in Cape Verde.

[edit] News Sites About Cape Verde: This site, which came online in 1995, is a collaborative project of the world-wide Capeverdean community, hosted at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
virtual portal with many useful links including those to local radio stations

[edit] Recommended Books:

  1. Davidson, Basil. The Fortunate Isles: A Study in African Transformation. Trenton, NY: Africa World Press. 1989.
  2. Halter, Marilyn. Between Race and Ethnicity—Cape Verdean Immigrants, 1860-1965. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993.
  3. Irwin, Aisling and Colum Wilson. Guide to Cape Verde Islands: The Bradt Travel Guide. Chalfont St. Peter; UK: Bradt Travel Guides; third edition, 2006.
  4. Leite, Ana Mafalda. Cape Verde: Language, Literature, and Music (Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies). North Dartmouth, MA: Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, 2002.

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.

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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