List of resources for Jamaica

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Jamaica 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 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.


[edit] General Information About Jamaica
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Kingston to how to convert from the U.S. dollar to the Jamaican dollar. Just click on Jamaica and go from there.
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 Jamaica 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 about countries around the world.

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This website offers information on the Friends of Jamaica, an organization that supports development and self-help projects in Jamaica. Initially most of its members were Volunteers who served in Jamaica as Peace Corps Volunteers, but membership is NOT limited to former PCVs.
This is the intranet for volunteers currently on-island, with bus map references and SMS contact tools
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to 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.
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 of their Peace Corps service.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Jamaica
Site of the Jamaica Gleaner, a local newspaper
Site of the Jamaica Observer, a local newspaper
A Peace Corps/Jamaica site hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica
Sites of Jamaica’s two local television stations
The information service of the government of Jamaica
Site of the National Library of Jamaica

[edit] Languages in Jamaica

Peace Corps Spanish Language Course
Language and cultural orientation on the Spanish language. Material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

[edit] International Development Sites
Pan American Health Organization
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Children’s Educational Fund

[edit] Recommended Books

Some of these books may be hard to find in bookstores in United States . However, most are available from online book sources.

  1. Adams, L. Emilie. Understanding Jamaican Patois: An Introduction to Afro-Jamaican Grammar. Kingston: LMH Publishing, 1991.
  2. Clarke, Edith. My Mother Who Fathered Me: A Study of the Families in Three Selected Communities of Jamaica. The Press University of the West Indies, 3rd revised edition, 2002.
  3. Monteith, Kathleen ed. Jamaica in Slavery and Freedom: History, Heritage and Culture. University of the West Indies Press, 2002.
  4. Read, Michael. Lonely Planet Jamaica. Lonely Planet Publications, 2006.
  5. Sherlock, Philip, and Hazel Bennett. The Story of the Jamaican People. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1998.
  6. Winkler, Anthony C. Going Home to Teach. Macmillian Carribean, 2006.

[edit] Fiction

  1. Paint the Town Red, Brian Meeks - A story of life in Kingston
  2. Short stories and novels by Anthony C. Winkler

[edit] Recommended Videos

  1. Life + Debt, Stephanie Black: A documentary exploring Jamaica's history with the IMF and World Bank loans
  2. Dancehall Queen: A story of a single mother overcoming surprising odds to win a dance contest, with some views into gender relations in Jamaica
  3. Shottas : A growing-up story focused on the drug/gang link in Jamaica.

[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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