List of resources for Ecuador
From Peace Corps Wiki
Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Ecuador 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 access to the Internet, please 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 the Internet, be aware that you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experiences, including 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, and we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.
 News from Ecuador
For more detailed information, check out the Friends of Ecuador media sources page.
 Statistics on Ecuador
Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (in Spanish)
Ministerio de Salud Pública (Public Health Ministry) (Spanish). Includes an extensive section on epidemiology (also in Spanish), though statistics are reported to be slightly inaccurate due to difficulties in getting data from deep rural areas and a reluctance/inability to get tested for sicknesses due to shame or financial issues.
 Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
Friends of Ecuador: An RPCV group for Ecuador RPCVs.
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up 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 hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.
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.
 Online Articles/Current News Sites About Ecuador
Yahoo’s news service links to recent articles from a variety of sources.
Information on culture, language, art, food, and travel
Useful tips for those moving to Ecuador
Daily news about Ecuador from the World News Network
Health statistics on Ecuador from UNICEF
 International Development Sites About Ecuador
This site provides links to nongovernmental organizations working in a variety of sectors in Ecuador.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization provides an overview of Ecuador’s natural resources.
 General Information About Ecuador
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 Ecuador and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.
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 for about 228 countries.
The site of the Latin American Network Information Center links to a variety of resources on Latin America.
 Languages in Ecuador
Peace Corps Spanish Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.
 Recommended Books
- Beirne, Barbara. The Children of the Ecuadorean Highlands. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1996.
- Blankenship, Judy. Canar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador. Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 2005.
- Collaredo-Masfield, Rudi. The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
- Handelsman, Michael. Culture and Customs of Ecuador. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.
- Miller, Tom. The Panama Hat Trail. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2001 (paperback).
- Peck, Robert McGracken. Headhunters and Hummingbirds: An Expedition Into Ecuador. New York: Walker & Co., 1987.
- Whitten, Norman E. Millennial Ecuador: Critical Essays on Cultural Transformations and Social Dynamics. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2003.
 Books About the History of the Peace Corps
- Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
- Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
- Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.
 Books on the Volunteer Experience
- Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
- Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
- Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
- Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
- Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
- Thomsen, Moritz (RPCV Ecuador). Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).