List of resources for Panama

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Panama and to connect you to returned Volunteers. 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 experiences, 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 Panama
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Panama City to the populations of Panama’s largest cities. Just click on Panama and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
This is the U.S. State Department’s website, which issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Panama 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 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.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, composed 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 Peace Corps 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 Peace Corps Panama Friends site:
A returned Peace Corps Panama volunteer alumni organization composed primarily of Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff who served in Panama. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our purpose is to help our members continue their commitment to international service and understanding, support the Peace Corps mission in Panama, and share knowledge of Panama and the Peace Corps with others.
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 from countries around the world.

Online Articles/Current News Sites about Panama
The Panama News is an online newspaper (in English)
Website for Latin American Newsletters, which provides economic and political information on Latin America (in English)
Website providing details on Panama history.
A guide to tourism, business, and life in Panama An online publication with news and pictures about Panama

International Development Sites about Panama
U.S. Agency for International Development’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean
United Nations Development Programme (Spanish)
International Fund for Agricultural Development
International Monetary Fund

Recommended Books about Panama

  1. Labrut, Michele. Getting to Know Panama. El Dorado, Republic of Panama: Focus Publications, 1997.
  2. McCullough, David. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal: 1870-1914. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2004.
  3. St. Regis, Louis. Lonely Planet Panama. Footscray, Victoria; London: Lonely Planet Publications, 2004.
  4. Woodward, Bob. The Commanders. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2002.

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. Peace Corps
  3. Stossel, Scott. 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, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).