List of resources for Philippines

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and the Philippines 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 experience, 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.

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[edit] General Information About the Philippines

http://www.countrywatch.com/
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Manila to how to convert from the dollar to the Philippine peso. Just click on the Philippines 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 the Philippines 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 around the world.

[edit] Languages in Philippines

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

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

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

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

Peace Corps Tagalog 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.org
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 go straight to the Friends of the Philippines site: http://www.rpcvphilippines.org

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 the Philippines

http://www.dti.gov.ph
Philippines Department of Trade and Industry

http://www.pia.gov.ph
Philippines Information Agency

http://www.inq7.net
The site of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

[edit] International Development Sites About the Philippines

http://www.who.int
World Health Organization

http://www.un.org/english
United Nations

http://www.imf.org/external/country/phl/index.htm
International Monetary Fund in the Philippines

http://www.usaid.gov
U.S. Agency for International Development

www.adb.org/philippines/default.asp
Asian Development Bank in the Philippines

http://www.haribon.org.ph
Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, a local nonprofit that promotes environmental protection and sustainable resource management in the Philippines

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Guerrero, Amadis. The Philippines: A Journey Through the Enchanted Isles. Manila, Philippines: Anvil Publishing, 1995.
  2. Hagedorn, Jessica. Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines. Rizzoli, 1999.
  3. Joaquin, Nick. Manila, My Manila. Makati City, Philippines: Bookmark, 1999.
  4. Karnow, Stanley. In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines. New York: Ballantine Books, 1990 (reissue edition).
  5. Peters, Jens. Philippines Travel Guide. Jens Peters Publications, 2005.
  6. Rowthorn,, Chris. Lonely Planet Philippines. Lonely Planet Publications, 2003.
  7. Whitehead, Kendal. Odyssey of a Philippine Scout: Fighting, Escaping and Evading the Japanese, 1941–1944. The Aberjona Press, 2006.

[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. peace coRps
  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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