List of resources for Mongolia
Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Mongolia, or 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 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.
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Ulaanbaatar to information about converting currency from the dollar to the tugrik. Just click on Mongolia and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Mongolia 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 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 worldwide.
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. Or go straight to the Friends of Mongolia site: http://www.friendsofmongolia.org
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.
Online Articles/Current News Sites
An online magazine started by two Mongolian journalists
A website that focuses on the capital city
The Mongol Messenger is one of two English language newspapers in Mongolia.
The UB Post is the other English language paper.
International Development Sites
Information about the work of the United Nations in Mongolia
A site with links to a variety of resources
- Goldstein, Melvyn C., and Cynthia M. Beall. The Changing World of Mongolia’s Nomads. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
- Kohn, Michael. Lonely Planet Mongolia. Footscray, Victoria; London: Lonely Planet Publications, 2005.
- Sanders, Alan J.H., and J. Bat-Ireediu. Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook. Footscray, Victoria; London: Lonely Planet Publications, 1995.
- Sarangerel, Odigan. Riding Windhorses: A Journey Into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism. Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 2000.
- Severin, Tim. In Search of Genghis Khan: An Exhilarating Journey on Horseback across the Steppes of Mongolia. NY: Cooper Square Press, 2003.
Books About the History of the Peace Corps
- Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
- Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
- Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.
Books on the Volunteer Experience
- Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
- Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
- Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
- Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
- Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
- Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).