List of resources for Micronesia

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Micronesia, or 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 will find people who think deciding to join Peace Corps was the best decision they ever made, and 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 Micronesia and the Republic of Palau
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Pohnpei to information about the FSM and Palau currency. Just click on Micronesia and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the Pacific.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Learn more about the social and political histories of Palau or FSM, respectively.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments of countries around the world, including FSM and Palau.
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.
Pohnpei state government website
This site provides information for visitors on the cultures and geography of the four Micronesian states.
On this site you will find general information on Palau, tourism and events sponsored by the Palau Visitors Bureau.
This site offers information on travel, entertainment, weather, etc. for all FSM states.
This site has a variety of pictures of Palau’s many beautiful locations and people along with general information.

[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.
This site contains information and discussions concerning all aspects of Peace Corps.
This returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web ring links returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ websites together.
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 Micronesia
Pacific Magazine is a regional periodical that has interesting articles about many countries in the Pacific region, including FSM and Palau.
The Pacific Islands Report, produced by the Pacific Islands Development Program of the East-West Center, provides news as well as links to government websites, discussion groups, maps, development organizations, and media.

[edit] International Development Sites About Micronesia
Nongovernmental organization (NGO) with extensive historical data about FSM and Palau; it also presents current socioeconomic issues to the public.
East-West Center
Asia-Pacific Development Information Program
The Australian government’s international aid program
Secretariat of the Pacific Community Forestry and Agriculture; contains forestry and agriculture information specific to South Pacific, but still applicable background info for FSM.

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Allen, Gerald R. and Roger Steene. Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide. Monterey, CA: Sea Challengers, reprint edition, 1998.
  2. Flood, Bo and Beret E. Strong. Pacific Island Legends: Tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australia. Hawaii: Bess Press, 1901.
  3. Karolle, Bruce G. Atlas of Micronesia. Honolulu, Hawaii: Bess Press, 1995.A description of the islands from a sociogeographic perspective.
  4. Kluge, P.F. The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994.A returned Peace Corps Volunteer’s account of the politically difficult years after independence when the Micronesian Islands were forging new relationships with the United States.
  5. Myers Robert, F. Micronesian Reef Fishes: A Field Guide for Divers and Aquarists. Guam: Coral Graphics, 1999.
  6. Ridgell, Reilly. Bending to the Trade Winds: Stories of the Peace Corps Experience in Micronesia. Mangilao: University of Guam Press, 1991. Collection of stories based on the experiences of Volunteers in Chuuk in the early 1970s.
  7. Troost, Maartin J. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific. New York, NY: Broadway, 2004. A guy shares his humorous experiences of the two enlightening years he spent in Kiribati (fiction).
  8. Ward, Martha C. Nest in the Wind: Adventures in Anthropology on a Tropical Island. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press; second edition, 2004. An anthropologist’s humorous account of working in Pohnpei in the early 1970s.

Note: Volunteers recommend bringing books on women’s health and on diet, as eating healthy on an island is challenging and any such reference books are helpful. Note: Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century: A Book by and for Women is available via the ICE Catalog to all Volunteers and staff upon request free of charge (ICENo.HE123).

[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. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  2. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  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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