List of resources for El Salvador

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File:Example.jpgWe offer a list of Web sites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and El Salvador, or 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.

General Information About the Countries:
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in San Salvador to information about converting currency from the dollar to the colon. Just click on El Salvador and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
This is the U.S. State Department’s Web site, which issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find El Salvador and learn more about its 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 backgrounds.
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.

Languages in El Salvador

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

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees:
The MSN group for many RPCVs from El Salvador
The official Friends of El Salvador website. Connect with El Salvador RPCVs, visit the forums and read about projects FoES supports.
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. Or skip straight to the Friends of El Salvador site:
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 known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.

Online Articles/Current News Sites About El Salvador:

(Salvadoran Newspapers)
Tim's El Salvador blog is an up-to-date source on what is happening in El Salvador in English
A list of current Peace Corps El Salvador blogs
La Prensa Grafica (In Spanish)
El Diario de Hoy (In Spanish)
El Faro alternative news source (in Spanish)
El Diario Colatino alternative news (in Spanish)

International Development Sites About El Salvador:

  1. U.S. Agency for International Development country/el_salvador/index.html
  2. Save the Children
  3. CARE

Recommended Books:

  1. Barry, Tom. El Salvador: A Country Guide. Silver City, N.M.: Interhemispheric Resource Center,1991.
  2. Benítez, Sandra. Bitter Grounds. New York, N.Y.: Picador/St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
  3. Gorkin, Michael, Marta Pineda, and Gloria Leal. From Grandmother to Granddaughter: Salvadoran Women’s Stories. University of California Press, 2000. 4. Paige, Jeffrey M. Coffee and Power: Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. 5. Towell, Larry (Introduction by Mark Danner). El Salvador. Italy: W.W. Norton & Company, 1997.

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.

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).