List of resources for Kiribati

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Kiribati and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. A simple search on one of the many Internet search engines such as Google using the words “Peace Corps Kiribati” will yield many results. 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 Kiribati

On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Kiribati to how to convert from the U.S. dollar to the Australian dollar. Just click on Kiribati and go from there.

Visit this site to learn all you need to know about Kiribati.

The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Learn more about Kiribati’s social and political history.

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 U.N.

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
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 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 Kiribati
A Volunteer’s father put this site together. It describes many Peace Corps/Kiribati experiences, and has links to many other Kiribati sites.
Chapter 1, part 4 of Robert Louis Stevenson’s In the South Seas: The King of Apemama.
Louis Becke’s Deschard of Oneaka.

[edit] International Development Sites About Kiribati
Australia’s overseas aid program
Counterpart Foundation International, formerly called the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific
The United Kingdom’s Voluntary Service Overseas
Australian Volunteers International

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Grimble, Arthur. A Pattern of Islands. New York: Penguin Books, 1981.
  2. Hunt, Errol, and Tony Wheeler. Lonely Planet South Pacific. Oakland, CA: Lonely Planet, 2000. 19
  3. Levy, Neil M. Moon Handbooks: Micronesia. Emeryville, CA: Avalon Travel Publishing, 1999.
  4. Martini, Frederic. “The Gilbert and Ellice Islands” in Exploring Tropical Isles and Seas. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1984.
  5. Sherrod, Robert. Tarawa: The Story of a Battle. Fredericksburg, TX: Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 1973.

6. Troost, Maarteen. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific. Random House Inc. 2004.

[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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