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|firstname=Jeremy
 
|lastname=  Terhune
 
|country=    Panama
 
|yearservicestarted=2002
 
|yearserviceended=      2005
 
|group=      Group 49
 
|site=        Tranquilla
 
|province= Coclé
 
|program=Environment
 
|assignment01=      Community Environmental Conservation
 
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'''Jeremy Terhune''' was selected for service in Peace Corps, Panamá after a competitive application process demanding strong personal and professional skills, adaptability, and cross- cultural sensitivity. He was assigned to the Community Environmental Conservation  (CEC) project and completed an intensive 12-week training program that emphasized environmental education, appropriate technologies, soil conservation, reforestation, Spanish language, cultural awareness, and participatory community analysis. Sworn in on December 19, 2002, Jeremy then lived and worked in the community of Tranquilla, located in the watershed of the Panama Canal.
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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Nicaragua 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.  
  
Tranquilla is a small rural town populated by approximately 1,800 permanent residents, the majority of which live at a low- moderate poverty level. It is beleaguered by severe soil erosion, habitat loss, a dysfunctional aqueduct, and minimal access to electricity (approximately 2% of residents). More than a quarter of the residents cook their food using firewood; 96% of the residents do not have access to flush toilets. The elementary school has roughly 200 students and an under-equipped health center staffed by one nurse. The primary economic activities are subsistence farming and manual labor.
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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.  
 
Completing a thorough community analysis Jeremy gained the trust of the community and began working with the Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) to provide formal environmental education for grades K-6 at the local school. He also joined forces with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MIDA) to build an organic 3/4-hectare school farm. Erected entirely by students and community members, this farm developed the capacity to produce 1,200 lbs. of hulled rice, 600 lbs. of chicken meat, 150 lbs. of tomatoes, 300 lbs. of various fruits and vegetables, ranging from sugar cane to squash, on a quarterly basis. He also provided technical assistance to the "Triple C" project, created by MIDA to alleviate poor nutrition and preserve the watershed of the Panama Canal. Here he taught soil conservation methods including A-frame planting and composting.
 
 
During the community analysis, it was mentioned that the elementary school would often pass 4–5 days without access to water. To remedy this serious problem, Jeremy formed a partnership with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and organized PTA board members to solicit and implement a $1,800.00 Small Project Assistance (SPA) Grant from U.S. AIDCoupled with an additional $400.00 petitioned from the legislator, they constructed an aqueduct that provided potable water. All community members involved were capacitated in the maintenance of the aqueduct and in basic problem solving skills to resolve any troubles that may arise.
 
 
As a result of the success obtaining funds and implementing this project, Jeremy was invited to teach his methods at a Project Development and Management Seminar. The purpose of this seminar was to orient volunteers and community counterparts towards the successful completion of SPA Grants and related projects.
 
 
In addition to soil conservation, environmental education, and environmental health, Jeremy employed his training skills in appropriate technology, successfully executing the following projects:
 
  
•The construction of 21 lorena stoves (adobe wood burning stoves) that reduced fuel-wood consumption by 50%, thereby significantly reducing negative environmental and health impacts. All participants were capacitated in the creation and maintenance of their stoves.
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===General Information About Nicaragua ===
•A solar water distillation system capable of processing 2 liters of water per 8 hrs.
 
•A model grey water treatment system using sand, gravel, and charcoal.
 
•A rainwater collection system designed to provide water for consumption and secondarily fill a fishpond that produces Tilapia, an important protein source.
 
•A composting latrine system, the product of which was used in the community garden.
 
•Jeremy constructed Panama’s first earth bag house, using recycled sacks, thatched roofing, and a wattle and daub plastering system. This facility was used as an outdoor classroom/meeting area and storage facility at the community farm.
 
  
Although not in the Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) project, his sustainable designs were recognized by SAS volunteers as excellent examples of agricultural projects. Throughout his service Jeremy was the “most used” technical trainer for his sector.  
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http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/nicaragua/ <br>
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The Latin American Information Network Center (LANIC) from the University of Texas is a very comprehensive resource on all of Latin America. It also organizes by country links to a variety of websites on multiple topics (history, culture, government, news, etc.).  
Jeremy served as the president of the Seeders club. These volunteers gathered seeds and distributed information about native trees and useful plant cultivars. Fulfilling his duty as president, Jeremy collaborated with the non-profit organization “Seeds of the World” to ship a crate of 1,000 seeds to distribute in country. He also coordinated a trip to the Smithsonian Institute’s biological research station "Barro Colorado”.
 
  
Completing his regular service, Jeremy stayed on board with Peace Corps Panamá for an additional 7 months. During this period he established a relationship between his agency and the National Institute of Agriculture (INA), an agricultural trade school. After completing a participatory analysis involving INA engineers, students, and community members, he moved to the adjacent community of La Huaca, Santiago, where he formed a community-based board of directors to work with INA in the management of a 1-hectare farm. In coordination with INA, Jeremy taught them how to execute monthly work plans and facilitate technical training sessions on vermiculture, animal traction, and crop rotation.
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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.  
  
He continued giving formal environmental education at the elementary school in the nearby community of Cañazas, and informal education to a group of 13 youths in La Huaca. He also helped plan and facilitate Appropriate Technology and Farm Planning Seminars in which volunteers and their counterparts were taught about Lorena stoves, solar cookers, organic gardening, manual water pumps, farm experimentation and management.
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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 Nicaragua and learn more about its social and political history.  
Jeremy has been accredited with strong communication skills in Spanish and certified by a Foreign Service Institute examiner. He scored Advanced- Low in spoken, reading, and written Spanish.
 
  
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http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm  <br>
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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.
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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  <br>
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This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about 228 countries.
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===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees ===
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http://www.amigosdenicaragua.org  <br>
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“Friends of Nicaragua” is the official website for the returned Peace Corps Volunteers from Nicaragua. It contains general information on the country and serves as an organizational focal point for former Volunteers, including an email listserv.
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http://www.rpcv.org  <br>
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The National Peace Corps Association is 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. Or go straight to Amigos de Nicaragua (www.amigosdenicaragua.org, see above).
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http://www.peacecorpsonline.org  <br>
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This is an independent new site serving returned Peace Corps Volunteers. There are relevant links to information and chat groups for prospective Volunteers.
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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  <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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===Online Articles/Current News Sites About Nicaragua ===
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http://www.GoToNicaragua.com/  <br>
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Nicaragua travel, news, and user forum, created by two Nicaragua RPCVs.
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http://www.ibw.com.ni  <br>
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Comprehensive list of links to local and international sites about Nicaragua.
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http://www.nicaragua.com  <br>
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Links to English language new stories about Nicaragua and more.
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http://www.laprensa.com.ni/  <br>
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Nicaragua’s largest daily newspaper (in Spanish).
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http://www.world-newspapers.com/nicaragua.html  <br>
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Links to English language news stories about Nicaragua.
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===International Development Sites ===
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http://managua.usembassy.gov/wwwhemba.html  <br>
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The site of the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. 
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http://www.usaid.org.ni/  <br>
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The U.S. Agency for International Development’s official Nicaragua website. This will provide valuable information on development trends in country.
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http://www.worldbank.org  <br>
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The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development bank that provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance, and knowledge-sharing services to developing countries to reduce poverty. This site contains a lot of information and resources regarding Nicaragua and development.
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http://www.oas.org  <br>
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The Organization of the American States’ website contains information about development priorities, democracy, and other issues that are key in the Americas.
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===Recommended Books ===
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# Berman, Joshua, and Randall Wood (both Returned Nicaragua PCVs). Moon Handbooks Nicaragua. Emeryville, Calif.: Avalon Travel Publishing, 2002, 2005. http://gotonicaragua.com/content/view/14/30/
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# Berman, Joshua, and Randall Wood. Living Abroad In Nicaragua (by returned Nicaragua Volunteers). Emeryville, Calif.: Avalon Travel Publishing, 2007. http://gotonicaragua.com/content/view/15/31/
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# De La Selva, Salomon. Tropical Town and Other Poems. Houston, Texas: Arte Público Press, 1999.
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# Glenn, Garvin. Everybody Had His Own Gringo: The CIA and the Contras. United Kingdom: Brasseys, 1992.
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# Gould, Jeffrey L. To Die in This Way: Nicaraguan Indians and the Myth of the Mestizaje 1880-1965.  Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1998.
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# Kinzer, Stephen. Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.
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# MacAulay, Neill. The Sandino Affair. Wacahoota Press, 1998. 
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# Merrill, Tim L. Nicaragua: A Country Study.Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1999.
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# Miranda, Roger. The Civil War in Nicaragua: Inside the Sandinistas. Somerset, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1993.
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# Norsworthy, Kent. Nicaragua: A Country Guide.Silver City, N.M.: Interhemispheric Resource Center, 1990.
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# Pezzullo, Lawrence. At the Fall of Somoza. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994.
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# Plunkett, Hazel. Nicaragua: A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture. Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Publishing, 1999.
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===Books About the Peace Corps ===
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# 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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# 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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# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
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# 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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# 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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# Redmon, Coates. Come as You Are: The Peace Corps Story. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 1986.
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# Thomsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace CorpsChronicle. 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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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Nicaragua 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.

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 Nicaragua

http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/nicaragua/
The Latin American Information Network Center (LANIC) from the University of Texas is a very comprehensive resource on all of Latin America. It also organizes by country links to a variety of websites on multiple topics (history, culture, government, news, etc.).

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 Nicaragua and learn more about its social and political history.

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/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 about 228 countries.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees

http://www.amigosdenicaragua.org
“Friends of Nicaragua” is the official website for the returned Peace Corps Volunteers from Nicaragua. It contains general information on the country and serves as an organizational focal point for former Volunteers, including an email listserv.

http://www.rpcv.org
The National Peace Corps Association is 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. Or go straight to Amigos de Nicaragua (www.amigosdenicaragua.org, see above).

http://www.peacecorpsonline.org
This is an independent new site serving returned Peace Corps Volunteers. There are relevant links to information and chat groups for prospective Volunteers.

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.

Online Articles/Current News Sites About Nicaragua

http://www.GoToNicaragua.com/
Nicaragua travel, news, and user forum, created by two Nicaragua RPCVs.

http://www.ibw.com.ni
Comprehensive list of links to local and international sites about Nicaragua.

http://www.nicaragua.com
Links to English language new stories about Nicaragua and more.

http://www.laprensa.com.ni/
Nicaragua’s largest daily newspaper (in Spanish).

http://www.world-newspapers.com/nicaragua.html
Links to English language news stories about Nicaragua.

International Development Sites

http://managua.usembassy.gov/wwwhemba.html
The site of the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua.

http://www.usaid.org.ni/
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s official Nicaragua website. This will provide valuable information on development trends in country.

http://www.worldbank.org
The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development bank that provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance, and knowledge-sharing services to developing countries to reduce poverty. This site contains a lot of information and resources regarding Nicaragua and development.

http://www.oas.org
The Organization of the American States’ website contains information about development priorities, democracy, and other issues that are key in the Americas.

Recommended Books

  1. Berman, Joshua, and Randall Wood (both Returned Nicaragua PCVs). Moon Handbooks Nicaragua. Emeryville, Calif.: Avalon Travel Publishing, 2002, 2005. http://gotonicaragua.com/content/view/14/30/
  2. Berman, Joshua, and Randall Wood. Living Abroad In Nicaragua (by returned Nicaragua Volunteers). Emeryville, Calif.: Avalon Travel Publishing, 2007. http://gotonicaragua.com/content/view/15/31/
  3. De La Selva, Salomon. Tropical Town and Other Poems. Houston, Texas: Arte Público Press, 1999.
  4. Glenn, Garvin. Everybody Had His Own Gringo: The CIA and the Contras. United Kingdom: Brasseys, 1992.
  5. Gould, Jeffrey L. To Die in This Way: Nicaraguan Indians and the Myth of the Mestizaje 1880-1965. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1998.
  6. Kinzer, Stephen. Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.
  7. MacAulay, Neill. The Sandino Affair. Wacahoota Press, 1998.
  8. Merrill, Tim L. Nicaragua: A Country Study.Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1999.
  9. Miranda, Roger. The Civil War in Nicaragua: Inside the Sandinistas. Somerset, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1993.
  10. Norsworthy, Kent. Nicaragua: A Country Guide.Silver City, N.M.: Interhemispheric Resource Center, 1990.
  11. Pezzullo, Lawrence. At the Fall of Somoza. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994.
  12. Plunkett, Hazel. Nicaragua: A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture. Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Publishing, 1999.

Books About the Peace Corps

  1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.:Ten Speed Press, 2000 (paperback).
  2. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
  3. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
  4. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge:Harvard University Press, 2000 (paperback).
  5. Lucas, C. Payne, and Kevin Lowther. Keeping Kennedy’s Promise: The Peace Corps’ Moment of Truth (2nd ed.). Peace Corps Online, 2002.
  6. Redmon, Coates. Come as You Are: The Peace Corps Story. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 1986.
  7. Thomsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace CorpsChronicle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1969, 1997 (paperback).
  8. Tidwell, Mike. The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn. Guilford, Conn.: The Lyons Press, 1990, 1996 (paperback).