List of resources for the Eastern Caribbean

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We offer a list of Web sites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and 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 Eastern Caribbean
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Castries to information about converting currency from the dollar to the Eastern Caribbean dollar. Just click on your country of service 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 your country of service 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 worldwide.
This site has information about the Eastern Caribbean states.
Caribbean Media Corporation. Information on a wide range of topics on the Caribbean.
World News (WN) network Information on a wide range of topics on the Caribbean.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is the website for the Friends of the Eastern Caribbean, a website for returned Volunteers who served in the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and Carriacou, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. If you’re interested in communicating with a returned Volunteer from the Eastern Caribbean, they can put you in contact with someone who can assist in your preparations.
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:
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 billed an independent news forum serving returned Volunteers. It has links to Eastern Caribbean returned Volunteer groups.

Recommended Books

  1. Anglin, Kevin, et al. Lonely Planet Eastern Caribbean (3rd ed.). London: Lonely Planet, 2001.
  2. Clarke, Colin (editor). Society and Politics in the Caribbean. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1991.
  3. Donnell, Alison ed. The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature. NY: Routledge, 1996.
  4. Keens-Douglas, Paul. Twice Upon a Time: Poety and Short Stories. Keensdee Production, 1989.
  5. Kurlansky, Mark. A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books, 1992.
  6. Springfield, Consuelo Lopez. Daughters of the Caliban: Caribbean Women in the Twentieth Century. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.

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).