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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Costa Rica 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. If you do not have access to the Internet, visit your local library. Libraries offer free Internet usage and often let you print information to take home.  
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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and the Dominican Republic 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 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.  
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A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, 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. 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 Costa Rica===  
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===General Information About the Dominican Republic===  
  
http://www.countrywatch.com <br>
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http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations <br>
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in San José to how to convert from the dollar to the colón. Just click on Costa Rica and go from there.
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http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations <br>
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Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.  
 
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.  
  
http://www.state.gov  <br>
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn <br>
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Costa Rica and learn more about its social and political history.  
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The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find the Dominican Republic and learn more about its social and political history.  
  
 
http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm  <br>
 
http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm  <br>
 
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.  
 
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.  
  
http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm  <br>
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http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm  <br>
 
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 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.  
  
http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp  <br>
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http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation3/menu/advanced.asp  <br>
 
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.  
 
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.  
  
 
http://www.worldinformation.com  <br>
 
http://www.worldinformation.com  <br>
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about 228 countries.  
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This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries around the world.  
  
 
===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees===  
 
===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees===  
  
 
http://www.rpcv.org  <br>
 
http://www.rpcv.org  <br>
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.  
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This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, composed of returned Volunteers. The site has 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. You can also go straight to the Friends of the Dominican Republic site: www.fotdr.org.  
  
 
http://www.rpcvwebring.org  <br>
 
http://www.rpcvwebring.org  <br>
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http://www.peacecorpswriters.org  <br>
 
http://www.peacecorpswriters.org  <br>
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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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 Costa Rica===
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http://www.fotdr.org  <br>
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This site is filled with information about Peace Corps/ Dominican Republic and is managed by the returned Peace Corps Volunteers of the Dominican Republic and their organization, Friends of the Dominican Republic.
  
http://www.ticotimes.net  <br>
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===Online Articles / Current News Sites About the Dominican Republic ===
Online edition of the Tico Times, an English-language weekly
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http://www.nacion.com  <br>
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http://www.dr1.com  <br>
Online edition of La Nación, a daily newspaper in Spanish
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This site provides daily news summaries in English
  
http://larepublica.terra.co.cr/news/ <br>
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http://www.listin.com.do <br>
Online edition of La República, a daily newspaper in Spanish  
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Online edition of Listin Diario, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)
  
http://www.amcostarica.com  <br>
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http://www.hoy.com.do <br>
A.M. Costa Rica, a daily English-language summary of Costa Rican news
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Online edition of Hoy, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)
  
http://www.semanario.ucr.ac.cr <br>
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http://www.dominicanrepublic.com/ <br>
El Seminario, a weekly (in Spanish) published by the University of Costa Rica
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Official Internet portal to the Dominican Republic with information on history, culture and arts, economy, business, politics, news, etc. (in Spanish and English)  
  
http://www.estadonacion.or.cr  <br>
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===International Development Sites About the Dominican Republic ===
An annual analysis (in Spanish) of Costa Rica’s most recent socioeconomic and environmental indicators
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http://www.flacso.org <br>
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http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/dominican_republic/ <br>
The site of Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, a social science research organization (in Spanish)
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The U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs in the Dominican Republic
  
===International Development Sites About Costa Rica===
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http://portal.onu.org.do/interfaz/main.asp?Ag=2  <br>
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The United Nation’s Development Programme’s projects in the Dominican Republic (in Spanish)
  
http://www.nu.or.cr <br>
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http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/LACEXT/0_menuPK:258559~pagePK:158889~piPK:146815~theSitePK:258554,00.html <br>
United Nations programs (e.g., UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO) in Costa Rica
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The World Bank’s programs in Latin America and the Caribbean
  
http://www.oeacostarica.org  <br>
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===Recommended Books===
Organization of American States in Costa Rica
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http://www.iadb.org  <br>
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# Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1991.
Inter-American Development Bank
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# Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1995.  
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# Alvarez, Julia. ¡Yo! Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1997. These are three novels about Dominican history and the immigrant experience by a writer who moved to the United States as a girl when her parents fled the Trujillo regime.
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# Fischkin, Barbara. Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America. New York: Scribner, 1997. A journalist follows the emigration of a Dominican family from the time they apply for visas through their move to New York.
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# Ruck, Rob. The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic. University of Nebraska Press, 1999. Traces baseball’s roots in the Dominican Republic against a historical background of economic and political change.
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# Pons, Frank Moya. The Dominican Republic: A National History. New York: Hispaniola Books, 1994.
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# Wucker, Michele. Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999.
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#      Danticat, Edwidge.  The Farming of Bones. Penguin, 1999.  A novel that bears witness to the atrocities committed against Haitians living in the DR during the 1937 massacre.
  
http://www.paho-who.or.cr  <br>
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===Books About the History of the Peace Corps===  
Pan American Health Organization in Costa Rica
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http://www.oit.or.cr  <br>
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International Labour Organization in Costa Rica (in Spanish)
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===Recommended Books===  
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# Booth, John. Costa Rica: Quest for Democracy.Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1998.
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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.  
# Daling, Tjabel. Costa Rica in Focus: A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture. London: Latin America Bureau, 1998.
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# Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.  
# Edelman, Marc, and Joanne Kenen (eds.). The Costa Rican Reader. New York: Grove Press, 1989.
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# Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.  
# Lara, Silvia, et al. Inside Costa Rica: The Essential Guide to Its Politics, Economy, Society, and Environment. Silver City, N.M.: Interhemispheric Resource Center, 1995.
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# Mavis, Hiltunen Biesanz, et al. The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998.
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# Molina, Iván, and Steven Palmer. The History of Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica: Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica, 1998.
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# Ras, Barbara, and Oscar Arias (eds.). Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. St. Paul, Minn.: Consortium Book Sales, 1994. Translations of 26 short stories by 20 of Costa Rica’s best authors.  
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===Books About the Peace Corps===  
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===Books on the Volunteer Experience===  
  
# Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000 (paperback).  
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# Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, CA: McSeas Books, 2004.
# Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.  
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# Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.  
# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
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# Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, NY: Picador, 2003.  
# Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000 (paperback).
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# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, NY: Perennial, 2001.  
# Lucas, C. Payne and Kevin Lowther. Keeping Kennedy’s Promise: The Peace Corps’ Moment of Truth (2nd ed.). Peace Corps Online, 2002.  
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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.  
# Redmon, Coates. Come as You Are: The Peace Corps Story. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 1986.  
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# Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).  
# Thomsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1969, 1997 (paperback).
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# Tidwell, Mike. The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn. Guilford, Conn.: The Lyons Press, 1990, 1996 (paperback).  
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Revision as of 12:50, 18 September 2008

Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and the Dominican Republic 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, 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. 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 the Dominican Republic

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

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

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, and 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/infonation3/menu/advanced.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 about countries around the world.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees

http://www.rpcv.org
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, composed of returned Volunteers. The site has 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. You can also go straight to the Friends of the Dominican Republic site: www.fotdr.org.

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://www.fotdr.org
This site is filled with information about Peace Corps/ Dominican Republic and is managed by the returned Peace Corps Volunteers of the Dominican Republic and their organization, Friends of the Dominican Republic.

Online Articles / Current News Sites About the Dominican Republic

http://www.dr1.com
This site provides daily news summaries in English

http://www.listin.com.do
Online edition of Listin Diario, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)

http://www.hoy.com.do
Online edition of Hoy, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)

http://www.dominicanrepublic.com/
Official Internet portal to the Dominican Republic with information on history, culture and arts, economy, business, politics, news, etc. (in Spanish and English)

International Development Sites About the Dominican Republic

http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/dominican_republic/
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs in the Dominican Republic

http://portal.onu.org.do/interfaz/main.asp?Ag=2
The United Nation’s Development Programme’s projects in the Dominican Republic (in Spanish)

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/LACEXT/0_menuPK:258559~pagePK:158889~piPK:146815~theSitePK:258554,00.html
The World Bank’s programs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Recommended Books

  1. Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1991.
  2. Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1995.
  3. Alvarez, Julia. ¡Yo! Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1997. These are three novels about Dominican history and the immigrant experience by a writer who moved to the United States as a girl when her parents fled the Trujillo regime.
  4. Fischkin, Barbara. Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America. New York: Scribner, 1997. A journalist follows the emigration of a Dominican family from the time they apply for visas through their move to New York.
  5. Ruck, Rob. The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic. University of Nebraska Press, 1999. Traces baseball’s roots in the Dominican Republic against a historical background of economic and political change.
  6. Pons, Frank Moya. The Dominican Republic: A National History. New York: Hispaniola Books, 1994.
  7. Wucker, Michele. Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999.
  8. Danticat, Edwidge. The Farming of Bones. Penguin, 1999. A novel that bears witness to the atrocities committed against Haitians living in the DR during the 1937 massacre.

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).