List of resources for Guyana

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

General Information About Guyana

These sites contain general information on countries around the world, look for Guyana and obtain general background notes on history, social, cultural and political background, maps and geographical information.
U.S. State Department website publishes background notes and periodic travel advisories for countries around the world. Guyana and learn more about its social and political history .
Allows you to search for statistical information on United Nations member states.
Source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.
Website providing comprehensive, reliable, and independent travel information
Latin American Network Information Center
The World Wildlife Federation’s Latin America and Caribbean programs

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 who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities.
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.
Peace Corps Volunteers in the field and returned Volunteers who are affiliated with the Master’s International program at Michigan Tech make regular submissions to this site, including synopses of technical projects and links to technical resources that may be helpful to Volunteers in the field.

Travel around Guyana

Region 4

Online Articles/Current News Sites About Guyana
The site of the Guyanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The site of the Guyana Chronicle, a Guyanese newspaper

Recommended Books

  1. Abrams, Ovid. Metegee: The History and Culture of Guyana. NY: Eldorado Publications, 1998.
  2. Mangru, Basdeo. The Elusive Eldorado: Essays on the Indian Experience in Guyana. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2005.
  3. Kempadoo, Peter Lauchmonen. Guyana Boy. Yorkshire, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2nd edition, 2002.
  4. Watson, Dennis, and Christine Craig (eds.). Guyana at the Crossroads. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction, 1992.

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.Gutsman Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

Books on the Volunteer Experience

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