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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Albania and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees.
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Mongolia]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, remember that you have a 102-pound weight restriction on baggage.  
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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.  
  
You can find almost anything you need in Ulaanbaatar and many basics can be purchased in aimag centers (provincial capitals). Depending upon your site, you may have limited time to shop in Ulaanbaatar until your first in-service training, which is usually held in December. So think carefully about those essential winter items you will need during your first few months at your site.  
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===General Information About Albania===
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[http://www.answers.com/Albania http://www.answers.com/Albania ]<br>
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This site has a map and general information about Albania and its history.  
  
Before you move to your site, the Peace Corps will provide you with a space heater, water filter or distiller, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, shortwave radio, good-quality extension cord, many teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) books, sleeping bag (some Volunteers find the sleeping bag bulky and heavy and suggest that trainees bring their own for travel purposes), medical kit (described in an earlier section of this book), and a subscription to Newsweek’s international edition.  
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[http://www.countrywatch.com/ http://www.countrywatch.com/]<br>
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On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Tirana to how to convert from the dollar to the lek. Just click on Albania and go from there.  
  
Your living allowance should not be considered a source of funding for major clothing purchases, although replacement clothing is factored into the living allowance. The Peace Corps does not provide reimbursement for winter clothing purchased in the United States. However Peace Corps/ Mongolia does provide a settling-in/winterization allowance that covers the purchase of some winter clothing and supplies in-country.  
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[http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations]<br>
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Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.  
  
The hard water and strong detergent in Mongolia, not to mention hand-washing, will be harsh on your clothing, so make sure that whatever you bring can stand up to this treatment. Most Volunteers wear their clothes for several days before washing them, so dark colors are a good idea. While dry cleaning is available in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, and Erdenet, you may not have regular access to these cities, and the quality of the service is not consistent.  
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[http://www.state.gov http://www.state.gov]<br>
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The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Albania and learn more about its social and political history.  
  
A wide variety of clothes is available here (many of them made in China), but quality can be lacking. If you have a hard time finding your size in the United States, you won’t find it here, and genuine “high-tech” fibers are not readily available. Very warm, Mongolian-made winter clothes can be purchased in-country. Walking will be your main mode of transportation around town, and the terrain here is rather rugged, so you need footwear that can take a lot of abuse.  
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[http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/al.html http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/al.html]<br>
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Provides general and statistical information on Albania.  
  
==General Clothing ==
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[http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm]<br>
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This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.
  
Note: Many Volunteers suggest packing very light. Basic clothing and toiletries can be bought here. Save room in your suitcase for music, pictures from home, and things that make a big difference when being away from home for two years. Specialty items like quality long underwear and gloves make good sense to bring from home, but heavy jackets can be bought here for under $30. Also pack a separate bag of winter things or things you won’t need during the 11 weeks of summer training. This bag will be stored at the Peace Corps office and you won’t have access to it during summer training.  
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[http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm]<br>
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This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.
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[http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp ]<br>
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This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
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[http://www.worldinformation.com http://www.worldinformation.com]<br>
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This site provides an additional source of current and historical information for 228 countries.
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===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees===
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[http://www.rpcv.org http://www.rpcv.org]<br>
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This is the site <span class="plainlinks">[http://goo.gl/SpScT<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] 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.
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[http://www.rpcvwebring.org http://www.rpcvwebring.org]<br>
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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.
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[http://www.peacecorpswriters.org http://www.peacecorpswriters.org]<br>
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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.
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[http://peacecorpsonline.org/ http://peacecorpsonline.org/]<br>
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This site is billed an independent news forum serving returned Volunteers. It has links to Albania returned Volunteer groups.
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===Current News Sites/Online Articles About Albania===
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[http://www.president.al http://www.president.al]<br>
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Albanian government site about the President of Albania in both English and Albanian (Shqip)
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[http://www.balkanweb.com http://www.balkanweb.com]<br>
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News about different countries in the Balkan region, including Albania. In Albanian.
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[http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/albania.htm http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/albania.htm]<br>
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Provides links to online newspapers covering Albania
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[http://www.oneworld.net/section/indepth http://www.oneworld.net/section/indepth]<br>
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Provides links to news about Albania
  
* One pair (tops and bottoms) of mid-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
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[http://www.einnews.com/albania http://www.einnews.com/albania]<br>
* One pair (tops and bottoms) of heavy-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
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Geopolitical news service covering over 263 countries; includes online news feed about Albania.
* Winter coat or parka (available in Mongolia)
 
* Fall and spring coat or parka (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Gloves or mittens (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Scarf (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Stocking cap (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* A few (3–4) pairs of woolen socks (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* A few (3–4) pairs of cotton socks (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Sun hats (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Two to three “professional” shirts to work in (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Two to three pairs of nice pants for work (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* One to two pullover sweaters (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Two pairs of jeans (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Five to six of your favorite T–shirts
 
* Sweatpants and sweatshirt (readily available in Mongolia)
 
* Two pairs of shorts (essential for summer and playing sports)
 
* One formal piece of clothing, such as a suit for males and a dress for women (readily available in Mongolia)
 
 
   
 
   
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[http://reenic.utexas.edu/reenic/countries/albania.html http://reenic.utexas.edu/reenic/countries/albania.html]<br>
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Site of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. Lots of information about Albania and links.
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[http://www.shqiperia.com http://www.shqiperia.com]<br>
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Contains information on Albanian culture, art, current events, news, history, trading, and food. Includes an extensive photo album with pictures from all over Albania. Site is in Albanian.
  
Note: It is very difficult for tall men and women to find clothing that fits them here. Peace Corps recommends purchasing these items while in the U.S. if you are over 6’ tall.  
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===International Development Sites About Albania===
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[http://www.usaid.gov/regions/europe_eurasia/countries/al/index.html http://www.usaid.gov/regions/europe_eurasia/countries/al/index.html]<br>
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Information about the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Albania.  
  
==For Women ==
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[http://www.undp.org.al http://www.undp.org.al]<br>
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The United Nations Development Programme in Albania
  
* Bras and underwear (larger sizes are difficult to find and the quality may be lacking)
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[http://www.ebrd.com http://www.ebrd.com]<br>
* Tank tops (readily available in Mongolia)
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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
* Bathing suit
 
  
==For Men ==
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[http://www.rec.org http://www.rec.org]<br>
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Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
  
* Underwear (the quality of local underwear may be lacking)
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[http://www.soros.org http://www.soros.org]<br>
* Swim trunks
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The Open Society Institute is <span class="plainlinks">[http://goo.gl/SpScT<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] a private operating and grantmaking foundation that serves as the hub of the Soros foundations network, a group of autonomous foundations and organizations in more than 50 countries.
  
==Shoes ==
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[http://www.unesco.org http://www.unesco.org]<br>
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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  
* Winter boots (available here)
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[http://www.iom.int http://www.iom.int]<br>
* Hiking boots (not necessary, but the hiking is great here)
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International Organization for Migration
* Sneakers (especially if you like basketball or volleyball since there are plenty of opportunities to play these here)
 
* Sandals (outdoor “flip-flop” sandals are not available in Mongolia)
 
* Dress shoes
 
  
Note: Men’s shoes larger than size 10 and women’s shoes larger than size 8 are difficult to find in Mongolia.  
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[http://www.worldbank.org http://www.worldbank.org]<br>
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World Bank
  
==Kitchen ==
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===Information and Travel===
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[http://www.albanian.com/information/countries/albania/index.html http://www.albanian.com/information/countries/albania/index.html]<br>
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Contains information about Albania and useful links.
  
* Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
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[http://www.escapeartist.com/albania/albania.html http://www.escapeartist.com/albania/albania.html]<br>
* Sturdy water bottle(s) (e.g., Nalgene)
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Contains useful travel information and links to other sites, both in and out of Albania.  
* Plastic storage bags 
 
* Your favorite cookbook (a Volunteer-compiled cookbook will be given to you at the end of pre-service training) Note: the following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: garlic press, corkscrew, pie tin, French press (electric coffeemakers are available in the capital), vegetable peeler, can opener, spices of all kinds, parmesan cheese, vanilla extract, and gourmet coffee and tea. These are not necessities and will not be needed during training. You don’t need to waste packing space on these since they can be sent to you in a care package once you arrive at your site or purchased in the capital.
 
  
==Personal Hygiene & Toiletry Items ==
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[http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294445-Alba http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294445-Alba]<br>
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Primarily for travelers, but some interesting information in the “Albanian Forums” section.
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===Albanian Language===
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albanian_language http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albanian_language] <br>
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Contains information about the language, including its history and alphabet. The proverbs section is particularly interesting.
  
Hand and foot warmers (i.e., the charcoal kind that are activated when exposed to air). These are best sent in a care package.  
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[http://learn-albanian.com/ http://learn-albanian.com] <br>
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Online classes with live teachers Learn Albanian before traveling to Albania.
  
The following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: Razor, blades (these are hard to find, but cheap ones can be found in aimags and expensive gillette sensor-type blades in the capital), and shaving cream, a towel, contact lens solutions, hair-cutting device, antiperspirant or deodorant, hair fixatives, dental floss and fluoride mouthwash.  
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[http://travlang.com/languages/ http://travlang.com/languages/] <br>
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Site has words you can listen to and practice pronunciation prior to training.  
  
Note: Many products are available in Mongolia (e.g., Nivea hand cream, Pantene shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, nail polish, and ALL kinds of cosmetics), but if you are, for instance, a Clinique or Body Shop junkie, bring your own or have them sent.
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[http://www.shqiperia.com/fjalori.php http://www.shqiperia.com/fjalori.php]<br>
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Online Dictionary (Albanian-English and English–Albanian)  
  
==Miscellaneous ==
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[http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/learn-albanian.asp http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/learn-albanian.asp ]<br>
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Pimsleur language tapes for sale (may be cheaper at other venues (e.g., eBay)
  
* A small photo album of family and friends (a must-bring item)
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[http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-albanian-course.php Peace Corps Albanian Course ]<br>
* 220-volt converter (essential if you bring American appliances)
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Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for voluteers.
* Rechargeable batteries
 
* Camera*
 
* Flashlight*
 
* American board and card games
 
* Music*
 
* Solar shower
 
* Duct tape (highly recommended)
 
* Camping gear (if you like to camp)*
 
* Fishing gear (if you like to fish)*
 
* Backpack (useful for traveling in-country)
 
* Reading materials (much cheaper if sent using a postal M-bag; also, Peace Corps has an extensive lending library)
 
* MP3 or iPod player
 
* Flash disk or thumb drive
 
(*Available in the capital)
 
  
==Work Items for English Education Volunteers==
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===Recommended Books===  
Chances are good that your school will not be able to provide you with many resources. Below are a few items that cannot be bought in-country but would be useful in the classroom.  
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# Biberaj, Elez. Albania in Transition: the Rocky Road to Democracy. (Nations of the World Series). Boulder:  Westview Press, 1998 (hardback), 1999 (paperback).
* Colored construction paper
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# Biberaj, Elez. Albania: A Socialist Maverick. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990.
* Catalogs (the pictures are useful when teaching)  
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# Carver, Robert. The Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania. London: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2000 (paperback).
* Children’s books, a picture dictionary, songs on tape, and a book about American holidays
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# Durham, Edith. High Albania: A Victorian Traveller’s Balkan Odyssey. London: Phoenix Press, 2000 (paperback).
* Erasers for chalkboards
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# Fonseca, Isabel. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. New York: Vintage Books, 1996 (paperback).
* Index cards
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# Glenny, Misha. The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804-1999. New York: Penguin, 2000 (paperback).
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# Jones, Lloyd. Biografi: An Albanian Quest. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.
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# Kadare, Ismail. Albanian Spring. London: Saqi Books, 2001 (paperback).
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# Kaplan, Robert. Balkan Ghosts: A Journey through History. New York: Picador Press, 2005 (paperback). 
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# Karklins, Rasma. The System Made Me Do It: Corruption in Post-Communist Societies. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2005.  
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# Olsen, Neil and Rhodri Jones. Albania (Oxfam Country Profile Series). London: Oxfam Publishing, 2000 (paperback).
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# Pettifer, James. Blue Guide: Albania and Kosovo. New York: A. & C. Black, Ltd., 2001 (paperback).
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# Schwandner-Sievers, Stephanie and Bernd Jurgen Fischer. Albanian Identities: Myth and History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002 (paperback).
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# Vickers, Miranda. The Albanians: A Modern History (revised edition). London: I. B. Tauris, 2001 (paperback).
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# Vickers, Miranda, and James Pettifer. Albania: From Anarchy to Balkan Identity. New York: New York University Press, 2000 (paperback).
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# West, Rebecca. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia. New York: Penguin Books, 1995 (paperback).
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# Wilkes, John. The Illyrians (Peoples of Europe Series). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995 (paperback).
  
==Work Items for Health and Community and Youth Development Volunteers ==
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===Books About the History of the Peace Corps===
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# Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
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# Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
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# Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.
  
What you need will depend on your experience in your field and the specific job you have. It is best to assess your situation when you get here and then have items sent from home.  
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===Books on the Volunteer Experience===
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# Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, CA: McSeas Books, 2004.
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# Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
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# Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, NY:  Picador, 2003.  
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# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.  New York, NY: Perennial, 2001.
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# Kennedy, Geraldine (ed.) From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, CA: Clover Park Press, 1991.
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# Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
  
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[[Category:Albania]]

Revision as of 06:48, 2 May 2013

Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Albania and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees.

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.

General Information About Albania

http://www.answers.com/Albania
This site has a map and general information about Albania and its history.

http://www.countrywatch.com/
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Tirana to how to convert from the dollar to the lek. Just click on Albania and go from there.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.

http://www.state.gov
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Albania and learn more about its social and political history.

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/al.html
Provides general and statistical information on Albania.

http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.

http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.

http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.

http://www.worldinformation.com
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information for 228 countries.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees

http://www.rpcv.org
This is the site century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia 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.

http://www.rpcvwebring.org
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.

http://www.peacecorpswriters.org
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.

http://peacecorpsonline.org/
This site is billed an independent news forum serving returned Volunteers. It has links to Albania returned Volunteer groups.

Current News Sites/Online Articles About Albania

http://www.president.al
Albanian government site about the President of Albania in both English and Albanian (Shqip)

http://www.balkanweb.com
News about different countries in the Balkan region, including Albania. In Albanian.

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/albania.htm
Provides links to online newspapers covering Albania

http://www.oneworld.net/section/indepth
Provides links to news about Albania

http://www.einnews.com/albania
Geopolitical news service covering over 263 countries; includes online news feed about Albania.

http://reenic.utexas.edu/reenic/countries/albania.html
Site of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. Lots of information about Albania and links.

http://www.shqiperia.com
Contains information on Albanian culture, art, current events, news, history, trading, and food. Includes an extensive photo album with pictures from all over Albania. Site is in Albanian.

International Development Sites About Albania

http://www.usaid.gov/regions/europe_eurasia/countries/al/index.html
Information about the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Albania.

http://www.undp.org.al
The United Nations Development Programme in Albania

http://www.ebrd.com
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

http://www.rec.org
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

http://www.soros.org
The Open Society Institute is century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia a private operating and grantmaking foundation that serves as the hub of the Soros foundations network, a group of autonomous foundations and organizations in more than 50 countries.

http://www.unesco.org
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

http://www.iom.int
International Organization for Migration

http://www.worldbank.org
World Bank

Information and Travel

http://www.albanian.com/information/countries/albania/index.html
Contains information about Albania and useful links.

http://www.escapeartist.com/albania/albania.html
Contains useful travel information and links to other sites, both in and out of Albania.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294445-Alba
Primarily for travelers, but some interesting information in the “Albanian Forums” section.

Albanian Language

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albanian_language
Contains information about the language, including its history and alphabet. The proverbs section is particularly interesting.

http://learn-albanian.com
Online classes with live teachers Learn Albanian before traveling to Albania.

http://travlang.com/languages/
Site has words you can listen to and practice pronunciation prior to training.

http://www.shqiperia.com/fjalori.php
Online Dictionary (Albanian-English and English–Albanian)

http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/learn-albanian.asp
Pimsleur language tapes for sale (may be cheaper at other venues (e.g., eBay)

Peace Corps Albanian Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for voluteers.

Recommended Books

  1. Biberaj, Elez. Albania in Transition: the Rocky Road to Democracy. (Nations of the World Series). Boulder: Westview Press, 1998 (hardback), 1999 (paperback).
  2. Biberaj, Elez. Albania: A Socialist Maverick. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990.
  3. Carver, Robert. The Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania. London: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2000 (paperback).
  4. Durham, Edith. High Albania: A Victorian Traveller’s Balkan Odyssey. London: Phoenix Press, 2000 (paperback).
  5. Fonseca, Isabel. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. New York: Vintage Books, 1996 (paperback).
  6. Glenny, Misha. The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804-1999. New York: Penguin, 2000 (paperback).
  7. Jones, Lloyd. Biografi: An Albanian Quest. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.
  8. Kadare, Ismail. Albanian Spring. London: Saqi Books, 2001 (paperback).
  9. Kaplan, Robert. Balkan Ghosts: A Journey through History. New York: Picador Press, 2005 (paperback).
  10. Karklins, Rasma. The System Made Me Do It: Corruption in Post-Communist Societies. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2005.
  11. Olsen, Neil and Rhodri Jones. Albania (Oxfam Country Profile Series). London: Oxfam Publishing, 2000 (paperback).
  12. Pettifer, James. Blue Guide: Albania and Kosovo. New York: A. & C. Black, Ltd., 2001 (paperback).
  13. Schwandner-Sievers, Stephanie and Bernd Jurgen Fischer. Albanian Identities: Myth and History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002 (paperback).
  14. Vickers, Miranda. The Albanians: A Modern History (revised edition). London: I. B. Tauris, 2001 (paperback).
  15. Vickers, Miranda, and James Pettifer. Albania: From Anarchy to Balkan Identity. New York: New York University Press, 2000 (paperback).
  16. West, Rebecca. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia. New York: Penguin Books, 1995 (paperback).
  17. Wilkes, John. The Illyrians (Peoples of Europe Series). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995 (paperback).

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).