List of resources for Samoa

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We offer a list of websites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and Samoa or to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that links change. We have tried to make sure 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
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about Samoa.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Learn more about Samoa's 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 background.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.

[edit] Languages in Samoa

Peace Corps Samoan 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, 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 is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web Ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.
Read current news about Samoa, contact returned Volunteers, and learn more about the Pacific.
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.
This site is maintained by the Michigan Technological University’s Peace Corps Master’s International (MI) Program Coordinators, who are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and faculty members on-campus. Peace Corps Volunteers in the field and RPCVs who are affiliated with the MI Program at Michigan Tech make regular submissions to this site. Submissions include information about countries of service and day-to-day life as a Peace Corps Volunteer, as well as synopses of technical projects and links to technical resources that are helpful to Volunteers in the field.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News About Samoa
Provides links to Samoan news, weather, and cultural information, along with brief language lessons.
This site’s theme is “Bringing Samoans Together” and has links to various Samoa-related sites.
The online link to Samoa’s main daily newspaper. Note that the site is updated intermittently.
Website for the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), offering daily news reports about the Pacific region.
Australia National University's virtual library containing links to global resources about the Pacific region.
This is the official site for the Samoa Meteorology Division. Weather reports for Samoa are updated several times daily, and the site includes highlights of current weather-related news from the Pacific region and worldwide.

[edit] International Development Sites About Samoa
World Health Organization Australian Volunteers International
Japan International Cooperation Agency
United Nations Development Programme, including links to the United Nations Volunteers Programme
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Alailima (Calkins), Fay G. Aggie Grey: A Samoan Saga. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing Company, 1988.
  2. Anderson, Charles R. Melville in the South Seas.Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1966.
  3. Beaglehole, John C. The Exploration of the Pacific (3rd ed.). Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1983.
  4. Calkins, Fay G. My Samoan Chief. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1971.
  5. Figel, Sia. Where We Once Belonged. New York, NY: Kaya Press; Kaya Press edition, 2003.
  6. Stevenson, Robert Louis. In the South Seas. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books Ltd., reprinted 1998.
  7. Daley, Kevin. South Pacific Survivor: In Samoa. Boston, MA: NovelsPlus, 2009.

[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. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  4. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  5. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
  6. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  7. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  8. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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