List of resources for South Africa

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and South Africa 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. If you do not have access to the Internet, visit your local library. Libraries offer free Internet usage and often let you print information to take home.

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 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 South Africa
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Pretoria to how to convert from the dollar to the rand. Just click on South Africa and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find South Africa and learn more about its social and political history.
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.
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 about 228 countries.

[edit] Languages in South Africa

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

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees A forum for SA RPCV's to share news about developments in both South Africa & their own lives. Invitees and families welcome!
This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together. This group is open to anyone who served in South Africa with the US Peace Corps.
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. ABrowse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.
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 South Africa
Site of the Mail and Guardian, a progressive weekly newspaper
Site of the Sunday Independent, which features articles on development issues
Institute for a Democratic Alternative in South Africa
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Country-wide News Headlines from South Africa.

[edit] International Development Sites About South Africa
A United Nations site with thorough information on the AIDS epidemic
U.S. Agency for International Development
World Bank, for information related to development aid
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Prevention Information Network, for information on HIV/AIDS worldwide
Health knowledge network for southern Africa; includes up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS in South Africa

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Frederickson, George M. White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American and South African History. London: Oxford University Press, 1981. Discusses the origins and nature of white racism in both contexts.
  2. Kuzwayo, Ellen. Call Me Woman. London: Picador Africa, 2004.
  3. Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. London: Little, Brown, 1995.
  4. Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country. New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1995. Classic South African tale of murder and the breakdown of family and civil society.
  5. Sparks, Allister. Beyond the Miracle: Inside the New South Africa. Chicago; IL: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  6. Stober, Paul and Barbara Ludman (eds.) Mail and Guardian A-Z of South African Politics. Houghton, Gauteng; South Africa: Jacana Media, 2005.

[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. Carter, Jason. Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa's Borders. 2003.
  2. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  3. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  4. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  5. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  6. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  7. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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