List of resources for Moldova

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Moldova 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 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. Former (or serving) Volunteers may post information about Peace Corps/ Moldova policies that may be either outdated or simply wrong. If you want accurate information about post policies and practices, please contact Peace Corps headquarters.

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[edit] General Information About Moldova

http://www.countrywatch.com
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Chisinau to how to convert from the dollar to the leu. Just click on Moldova and go from there.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.

http://www.state.gov
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Moldova and learn more about its social and political history.

http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.

http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm
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.

http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.

http://www.worldinformation.com
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.

[edit] Languages in Moldova

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

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees

http://www.rpcv.com
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. There is also a Moldova RPCV site at: http://moldrpcv.tripod.com/.

http://www.rpcvwebring.org
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.

http://www.peacecorpswriters.org
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 Moldova

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/mdtoc.html
A Library of Congress Federal Research Division study of Moldova

http://www.news.ournet.md
A Moldovan Web portal

http://www.ngo.md/index_eng.html
A listing of nongovernmental organizations in Moldova

http://www.moldova.md
The official website of Moldova (in Moldovan)

[edit] International Development Sites

http://www.unhcr.ch
Site of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

http://www.info.usaid.gov/pubs/cp2000/eni/moldova.html
A Web page with information on the U.S. Agency for

International Development’s work in Moldova

Recommended Books

  1. Kaplan, Robert D. Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History. NY: Picador: distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2005.
  2. King, Charles. The Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and the Politics of Culture. Palo Alto, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, 2000.
  3. Kokker, Steve. Lonely Planet Romania and Moldova. Footscray, Victoria; London: Lonely Planet Publications, 2004.
  4. Mitrasca, Marcel. Moldova: A Romanian Province Under Russian Rule : Diplomatic History from the Archives of the Great Powers. New York: Algora Publishing, 2002.
  5. Smith, Hedrick. The New Russians (revised edition). New York: Random House, 1991. (Note: this book does not refer specifically to Moldova, but it does provide a good framework for examining issues in the former Soviet Union.)
  6. Townson, Annabelle. We Wait for You...Unheard Voices from Post-Communist Romania. Rowman and Littlefield Press, Hamilton Books, New York, 2004
  7. Weatherford, Jack. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. New York, Crown, 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, 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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