List of resources for East Timor

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and East Timor, or 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 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 East Timor
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Dili to the average annual rainfall in the country. Just click on East Timor and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find East Timor 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 background.
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 worldwide.
Statistics from the East Timorese government’s National Directorate of Statistics, including initial information from the 2004 census.

[edit] Languages in East Timor

Peace Corps Tetun 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 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 a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About East Timor
This section of the BBC’s website provides an overview of East Timor’s path to independence and current news about the country.
This site is administered by the East Timor and Indonesian Action Network, an advocacy group based in the United States. It provides links to various additional sites related to East Timor.

[edit] International Development Sites About East Timor
Information on the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor.
Site for the United Nations Development Programme.
Information on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s work in East Timor with links to other sites.
The website of Australia’s international aid agency, which contains information about East Timor.

[edit] Recommended Books about East Timor

  1. Cardoso, Luis. The Crossing: A Story of East Timor. London: Granta Books, 2000.
  2. Matthew, Jardine, et al. East Timor’s Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance. Cambridge, Mass.: South End Press, 1997.
  3. Cox, Steve, and Peter Carey. Generations of Resistance: East Timor. London: Cassell Academic, 1995.
  4. Cristalis, Irena. Bitter Dawn: East Timor, a People’s Story. New York: Zed Books, 2002.
  5. Martin, Ian. Self-Determination in East Timor: The United Nations, the Ballot, and International Intervention (International Peace Academy Occasional Paper). Boulder, Colo.: Rienner Publishers, 2001.
  6. Taylor, John G. East Timor: The Price of Freedom. London: Pluto Press, 2001.
  7. Turner, Peter. Indonesia’s Eastern Islands. London: Lonely Planet, 1998.

[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. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Henry Holt and Company, LLC. 2003.
  3. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
  4. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
  5. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000 (paperback).
  6. Lucas, C. Payne, and Kevin Lowther. Keeping Kennedy’s Promise: The Peace Corps’ Moment of Truth (2nd ed.). Peace Corps Online, 2002.
  7. Redmon, Coates. Come as You Are: The Peace Corps Story. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 1986.
  8. Thomsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1969, 1997 (paperback).
  9. Tidwell, Mike. The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn. Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press, 1990, 1996 (paperback).
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