List of resources for Vanuatu

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The following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in the capital of Port Vila to how to convert from the dollar to the vatu. Just click on Vanuatu and go from there.
This is the official site of the Vanuatu Tourism Bureau and contains a lot of information of interest to tourists and residents alike. It also has some excellent links to other websites.
This is the website of the Vanuatu Island Bungalows Association (VIBA), a nonprofit organization established to develop sustainable eco-tourism in Vanuatu. It contains information about food and lodging.
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 Vanuatu 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.
This page describes the Asian Development Bank’s work in Vanuatu.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is Peace Corps Vanuatu’s official site. It is updated regularly and contains a lot of news, tips, and pictures of Peace Corps/Vanuatu and its Volunteers.
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, composed of returned Volunteers. There are 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.!/group.php?gid=129866600363363

Above is a public-access FB site for Invitees departing in September 2010 (PC Vanuatu Group 23).
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.

Online Articles/Current News Sites about Vanuatu

International Development Sites about Vanuatu

Recommended Books

  1. Asia and Pacific Annual Review. Saffron Walden, England: World of Information (annual).
  2. Bennett, Judith A. Wealth of the Solomons: A History of a Pacific Archipelago, 1800-1978. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1987.
  3. Bunge, Frederica M., and Melinda Cooke. Oceania: A Regional Study (Area Handbook Series). Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1989.
  4. Couper, A.D. (ed.). Development and Social Change in the Pacific Islands. New York: Rouledge, 1989.
  5. The Far East and Australia 2002. London: Europia Publications, 2001.

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).