List of resources for Ukraine

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Ukraine 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.


[edit] General Information About Ukraine
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Kyiv to how to convert from the dollar to the hyrvnia. Just click on Ukraine 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 Ukraine and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.
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 countries around the world.

[edit] Languages in Ukraine

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

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
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 that 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.
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.
This site was created and is maintained by Volunteers serving in Ukraine. It contains information about Peace Corps projects in Ukraine and other Volunteer activities.
This site was created by Friends of Ukraine - Peace Corps and is maintained by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, current Volunteers, friends, families and some PCUkraine staff. It contains information and links to forums about volunteer activities inside and outside of Ukraine.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Ukraine
This site offers substantive and timely information about Ukraine and links to complementary services.
The Kyiv Post, an informative source of English-language news on Ukraine, includes comprehensive statistics and weekly wrap-ups of developments in key industries. Subscribers receive a daily e-mail with summaries of what the local press is writing about.
Aimed at business travelers, this site offers interesting and useful information for visitors to Ukraine.

[edit] International Development Sites About Ukraine

[edit] Further reading

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Dolot, Miron. Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust. New York: W.W. Norton, 1987. A description of the forced collectivization of Russian agriculture in 1929-1931 and the ensuing famine in Ukraine.
  2. Nebesky, Richard. Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. London: Lonely Planet, 1996. An excellent guidebook for travelers on history, culture, security, bureaucracy, transportation, hotels, and restaurants in the cities of Russia and Ukraine.
  3. Reid, Anna. Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2000. Combining historical research with travel and interviews with peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, and survivors of Stalin’s famine and of Nazi labor camps, Reid charts Ukraine’s tragic past and explores its struggle to build a national future.
  4. Wilson, Andrew. The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation (2nd ed.). New Haven, CO: Yale University Press, 2002. A comprehensive source of information about Ukraine and its people. The author discusses relations between Ukraine and Russia and analyzes the issues of identity, culture, and religion in Ukraine since its independence in 1991.
  5. Gross, Jan T. Revolution from Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia. Expanded edition. Princeton University Press, 2002. The author describes the terrors of the Soviet occupation of the lands that made up eastern Poland between the two world wars: Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia.

[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. 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).
  7. Linden, Anne Bates. Assumptions and Misunderstandings: Memoir of an Unwitting Spy. (Available from
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