List of resources for Kyrgyzstan

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and the Kyrgyz Republic 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 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 the Kyrgyz Republic
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Bishkek to how to convert from the dollar to the som. Just click on the Kyrgyz Republic and go from there.
Visit this site to learn about any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find the Kyrgyz Republic and learn more about its social and political history.
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 countries around the world.

You can also visit the following sites to get more information about the political, economic and social situation in Kyrgyzstan.
The Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) is a program of the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA), US Department of State, funded under the Freedom Support Act (FSA). IATP is administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).
News website with the latest headlines from the Kyrgyz Republic and around the region.
The U.S. State Department’s website with the up-to-date profile of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The online CIA World Factbook site delivers a comprehensive profile of the Kyrgyz Republic. The website offers searchable features including resource maps, flags of the World, and country profiles.
Visit the Lonely Planet online guide for interactive resources on the Kyrgyz Republic including photographs, discussion groups, tips from travelers and a travel guide overview of the Kyrgyz Republic.
EurasiaNet provides information and analysis about political, economic, environmental and social developments in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as in Russia, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. The web site also offers additional features, including newsmaker interviews and book reviews.
The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) links its policy-driven programs and projects with a powerful partnership with the Government, civil society and other national and international partners in addressing strategic challenges of transition
Wikipedia is an online resource with a profile, related articles and links, and interactive resources on the Kyrgyz Republic.

[edit] Languages in Kyrgyzstan

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

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

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

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

[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 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 RPCV Web ring links numerous returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ websites together.

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Anderson, John. Kyrgyzstan: Central Asia’s Island of Democracy? NY: Routledge, 1999.
  2. Copetas, A. Craig. Bear Hunting With the Politburo: An American’s Adventures in Russian Capitalism. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, Updated edition, 2001.
  3. Feshbach, Murray, and Alfred Friendly, Jr. Ecocide in the USSR: Health and Nature Under Siege. NY: Basic Books, 1993.
  4. Giampaolo, Capisani R. The Handbook of Central Asia: A Comprehensive Survey of the New Republics. Clevedon, UK: I.B. Tauris, 2000.
  5. Hopkirk, Kathleen. A Traveller’s Companion to Central Asia. London: John Murray, 1994.
  6. Hopkirk, Peter. The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia. NY: Kodansha International, 1992. (Note: this title may be out of print; readers may be able to get copies through their local library or
  7. MacLean, Fitzroy. Eastern Approaches. NY: Penguin Putnam Reprint edition, 1999. (Originally published in 1949).
  8. Mayhew, Bradley, Paul Clammer, and Michael Kohn. Central Asia. London: Lonely Planet, 3rd edition, 2004.
  9. Olcott, Martha Brill. Central Asia’s New States: Independence, Foreign Policy, and Regional Security. Herndon, Va.: United States Institute of Peace, 1997. (Note: this title may be out of print; readers may be able to get copies through their local library or
  10. Peterson, D.J. Troubled Lands: The Legacy of Soviet Environmental Destruction. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993. (Note: this title may be out of print; readers may be able to get copies through their local library or
  11. Richmond, Yale. From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 3rd edition, 2003.
  12. Rosenberg, Robert. This Is Not Civilization. Boston, MA: Mariner Books, 2005.
  13. Stewart, Rowan, and Suzie Weldon. Kyrgyz Republic: Kyrgyzstan, the Heartland of Central Asia. NY: Odyssey Publications, 2nd edition, 2004. (Distributed in the U.S. by W.W. Norton.)

[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, N.Y.: 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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