List of resources for Macedonia

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A list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Macedonia, or to connect you to returned Volunteers, is provided below. 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] Life and Times of Peace Corps Macedonia
PAUZA MAGAZINE is Peace Corps Macedonia's quarterly online publication featuring the life and times of PCVs and staff in Macedonia.

[edit] General Information About Macedonia
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Skopje to how to convert from the dollar to the denar. Just click on Macedonia and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Macedonia 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 about countries around the world. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, which 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] Languages in Macedonia

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

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
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, a membership organization for returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of ” groups for most countries of service. The groups include former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups which 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.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Macedonia
Current events in Macedonia from many sources
The site of Macedonia’s official information agency, in English, German, and Macedonian
Unconventional news about Macedonia
A site hosted by the Macedonian American Friendship Association
Current issues with some emotional overtones
Well-rounded site about all aspects of Macedonia
A site (in Macedonian) with some entertainment value
A site featuring electronic literature and other arts

[edit] International Development Sites About Macedonia
Information about the U.S. Agency for International

[edit] Development Work in Macedonia
The United Nations Development Programme in Macedonia
Site of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, which runs the USAID-funded Democracy Network Program in Macedonia
Site of Development Alternatives, Inc., which operates a USAID-funded local government reform project in Macedonia
Site of the International Organization for Migration

[edit] Recommended Books

It can be difficult to find texts specifically about Macedonia. Since its history and culture are intrinsically bound with the history of the Balkan region, other books about the Balkans do provide insight into Macedonia.

  1. Andric, Ivo. The Bridge on the Drina. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959.
  2. Danforth, Loring M. The Macedonian Conflict: Ethnic Nationalism in a Transnational World. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997.
  3. Evans, Thammy. Macedonia: Bradt Travel Guide, London: Bradt Travel Guides, 2004.
  4. Fonseca, Isabel. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.
  5. Kaplan, Robert D. Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.
  6. Kita, Sapurma, and Petrovska Pandora. Children of the Bird Goddess. VAE Enterprises, 1997.
  7. Pettifer, James (ed.). The New Macedonian Question. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.
  8. Phillips, John. Macedonia. Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2004.
  9. Silber, Laura, and Allan Little. Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation. New York: Penguin Books, 1996.
  10. Townson, Annabelle. We Wait for You: Unheard Voices from Post-Communist Romania. Lanham, Maryland: Hamilton Books, 2005 (paperback).
  11. West, Rebecca. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia. New York: Penguin Books, 1995 (originally published in 1941).

[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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