List of resources for Malawi

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We offer a list of Web sites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and Malawi, or connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that links change. We have tried to make sure that all these links are active and current, but we cannot guarantee it.

A note of caution: As you surf these sites, please also remember 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 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, 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 Countries:
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Lilongwe to information about converting currency from dollar to kwacha. Just click on Malawi and go from there.
Excellent site for travel books, maps, and general travel information.
This is the U.S. State Department’s website, which issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Malawi and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments of countries around the world.
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 backgrounds.
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 worldwide.

[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, 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 skip straight to the Friends of Malawi site:
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 About Malawi:
News from Malawi’s main newspaper.
A local site with information on related to business in Malawi

[edit] International Development Sites About Malawi:
Website for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
Overview of USAID’s projects in Malawi
World Bank website. Search on “Malawi” for several documents related to developmental aid
Site for the Communication Initiative, which includes information on development in general

[edit] Recommended Books:

  1. Chanock, Martin. Law, Custom and Social Order: The Colonial Experience in Malawi and Zambia. New York, Cambridge University Press, 1985.
  2. Msukwa, Louis A.H. Meeting the Basic Health Needs of Rural Malawi: An Alternative Strategy. Norwich, England, Geo Books, 1981.
  3. Rafael, B.R. A Short History of Malawi. Washington, DC, Three Continents Press, 1980.
  4. Sanders, Renfield. Malawi. (Places and Peoples of the World Series). New York, NY: Chelsea House, 1988.
  5. Young, A. and Young, D.M. A Geography of Malawi. North Ponfret, VT: Trafalgar, 1991.

[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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