List of resources for Jordan

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We offer a list of websites for additional information about Peace Corps and Jordan or to connect you with returned Volunteers. Please keep in mind that links change frequently. We have tried to make sure these links are active and current, but we cannot guarantee it.

A note of caution: As you surf these sites, keep in mind 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 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, remember that the Peace Corps is not for everyone, and no two people experience Volunteer service in the same way.


[edit] General Information about Jordan
U.S. State Department website publishes background notes and periodic travel advisories for countries around the world. Find Jordan and learn more about its social and political history.
Online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. Each country page includes links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that cover comprehensive historical, social, and political matters.
Allows you to search for statistical information on United Nations member states.
Source of current and historical information about countries around the world.

[edit] Languages in Jordan

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

[edit] Jordan-specific Websites

These sites provide news and information on Jordan.
The Jordan Times, major daily English newspaper
Jordanian News Agency (in Arabic and English)
Jordanian National Information System
U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan

[edit] Regional Information
Website for Voice of the Arab world, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing education and information to Arab and Muslim people around the world. Contains extensive information on Arab and Muslim countries, music, books, news, and links to other sites.
A source for Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern sites. You can find information on Arab countries, culture and related links.

[edit] International Development in Jordan
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

[edit] Connect with Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is the website of Friends of Jordan, an association of former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Jordan, former and current Peace Corps-Jordan staff, and others with an interest in Jordan. A listing of organization events, quarterly newsletter, and other resources for current and prospective volunteers.
This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
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. Or go straight to the Friends of Jordan site:
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.
Contains contact information for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Jordan and other information about programs in Jordan.

[edit] Suggested Books about Jordan and the Middle East

  1. Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A Short History. NY: Modern Library; revised update edition, 2002. Discusses the history of the region from the sixth-century days of the Prophet Muhammad to the present.
  2. Asad, Muhammad. Road to Mecca. KY: Fons Vitae; reprint edition, 2001. Autobiography of an Austrian journalist who traveled throughout the Middle East immersing himself in the Arab culture and converting to Islam.
  3. Bowker, John. Voices of Islam. Rockport, MA: Oneworld Publications, 1995. Examines common misunderstandings of Islam.
  4. Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck and John L. Esposito. Islam, Gender, and Social Change. NY: Oxford University Press, 1998. Essays exploring the impact of Islamic resurgence on gender issues in several Muslim countries.
  5. Harik, Ramsay M. and Elsa Marston. Women in the Middle East. London: Frank Watts Publishing, 2003. A brief introduction to this complex subject.
  6. Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; revised edition, 2003. A single-volume history of the Arabic-speaking peoples of the Islamic world through several decades, beginning with Islam’s rise in the 7th century to the late 1980s.
  7. Nydell , Margaret K. Understanding Arabs. A Guide for Westerners. Yarmouth, ME: International Press; third edition, 2002. Introduction to the Arab culture that covers beliefs and values; religion and society; role of the family, friends, and strangers; roles of men and women; etiquette; and communication.
  8. Robins, Philip. A History of Jordan. MA: Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Surveys Jordan’s political history from the early 1920s to the present day.
  9. Viorst, Milton. Sandcastles: The Arabs in Search of the Modern World. NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995. Introduction to the history and current political situations in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.

[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. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  4. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  5. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  6. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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