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Mappc was started by Will Dickinson in summer 2007 and as of September 2009 all the information on the wiki has been ported into the Peace Corps Corps Wiki and can been found under the [[:category:maps]]
  
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.
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== Goals ==
  
===General Information About Nicaragua ===
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“Mappc.org” was created with those researching the history of mapping in the Peace Corps in mind. Furthermore, it is designed to spark the imaginations of those future map makers and visionaries that have yet to join PC. The site showcases the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers over the lifetime of PC. The maps and art show the creativity of Americans living in small communities around the world.
  
http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/nicaragua/ <br>
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1. A forum for RPCVs, PCVs and people with an interest in maps and the Peace Corps
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 <br>
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2. Online galley of some fine pieces of art and many ways the capture the experience of living in a country.  Often these are the only personal records that document the way that PCVs interacted with a community. Maps contribute to tracing the history of the development of the Peace Corps and how environments and communities have changed over time.  They are also functional for the communities.  In order to bring projects, many NGOs require maps of the communityIn the earlier days, some volunteers actually mapped land for the first time in the country's history.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.  
 
  
http://www.state.gov  <br>
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3. Institutional memory building
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  <br>
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4. Exposure and diffusion of map technology may help the in process of reform and growth at the administrative level of PC, which with intern shape future policy and training.  
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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5. Showcasing the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers.  
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.  
 
  
http://www.worldinformation.com  <br>
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6. Spark the imaginations of those future map makers and visionaries that have yet to join PC.  
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about 228 countries.  
 
  
===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees ===
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7. A resource to communities, RPCVs, and current PCVs on mapping technology. Including jobs, tech links, and libraries of info.
  
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8. To demonstrate how grassroots map creation can make a small but appreciable change in the overall awareness of the community and their planning activities.
  
http://www.amigosdenicaragua.org  <br>
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9. Showcase the latest in spatial technologies available in the open source web programming.
“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  <br>
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== Maps by Country ==
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  <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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===A===
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* [[Azerbaijan maps]]
  
http://www.rpcvwebring.org  <br>
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===B===
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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* [[Benin maps]]
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* [[Bolivia maps]]
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* [[Cameroon maps]]
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* [[Columbia maps]]
  
http://www.peacecorpswriters.org  <br>
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===D===
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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* [[Dominican Republic maps]]
  
===Online Articles/Current News Sites About Nicaragua ===
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===E===
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* [[El Salvador maps]]
  
http://www.GoToNicaragua.com/  <br>
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===G===
Nicaragua travel, news, and user forum, created by two Nicaragua RPCVs.
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* [[Ghana maps]]
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* [[Guatemala maps]]
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* [[Guinea maps]]
  
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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===H===
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* [[Honduras maps]]
  
http://www.nicaragua.com  <br>
 
Links to English language new stories about Nicaragua and more.
 
  
http://www.laprensa.com.ni/  <br>
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Nicaragua’s largest daily newspaper (in Spanish).
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* [[Jamaica maps]]
  
http://www.world-newspapers.com/nicaragua.html  <br>
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Links to English language news stories about Nicaragua.
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* [[Lesotho maps]]
  
===International Development Sites ===
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===M===
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* [[Malawi maps]]
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* [[Mali maps]]
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* [[Mauritania maps]]
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* [[Morocco maps]]
  
http://managua.usembassy.gov/wwwhemba.html  <br>
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===N===
The site of the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua
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* [[Nicaragua maps]]
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* [[Niger maps]]
  
http://www.usaid.org.ni/  <br>
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===P===
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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* [[Panama maps]]
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* [[Paraguay maps]]
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* [[Philippines maps]]
  
http://www.worldbank.org  <br>
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===S===
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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* [[Senegal maps]]
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* [[Sierra Leone maps]]
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* [[South Africa maps]]
  
http://www.oas.org  <br>
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===T===
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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* [[Tanzania maps]]
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* [[Thailand maps]]
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* [[The Gambia maps]]
  
===Recommended Books ===
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* [[Uzbekistan maps]]
  
# 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/
 
# De La Selva, Salomon. Tropical Town and Other Poems. Houston, Texas: Arte Público Press, 1999.
 
# Glenn, Garvin. Everybody Had His Own Gringo: The CIA and the Contras. United Kingdom: Brasseys, 1992.
 
# 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.
 
# Kinzer, Stephen. Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.
 
# MacAulay, Neill. The Sandino Affair. Wacahoota Press, 1998. 
 
# Merrill, Tim L. Nicaragua: A Country Study.Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1999.
 
# Miranda, Roger. The Civil War in Nicaragua: Inside the Sandinistas. Somerset, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1993.
 
# Norsworthy, Kent. Nicaragua: A Country Guide.Silver City, N.M.: Interhemispheric Resource Center, 1990.
 
# Pezzullo, Lawrence. At the Fall of Somoza. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994.
 
# Plunkett, Hazel. Nicaragua: A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture. Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Publishing, 1999.
 
  
===Books About the Peace Corps ===
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== Why ==
  
# 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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Why else…. there is nothing like it out there….well it meets goal “three” of Peace Corps.
# Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
 
# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
 
# Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge:Harvard University Press, 2000 (paperback).
 
# Lucas, C. Payne, and Kevin Lowther. Keeping Kennedy’s Promise: The Peace Corps’ Moment of Truth (2nd ed.). Peace Corps Online, 2002.
 
# Redmon, Coates. Come as You Are: The Peace Corps Story. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 1986.
 
# Thomsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace CorpsChronicle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1969, 1997 (paperback).
 
# Tidwell, Mike. The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn. Guilford, Conn.: The Lyons Press, 1990, 1996 (paperback).  
 
  
[[Category:Nicaragua]]
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“Dealing with what I could and couldn’t do regarding community planning and trying to reconstruction the history of my site was one of the most frustrating aspects of my PC experience.”
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-Will Dickinson
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== Future desires and development ==
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Add additional articles and maps
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Including helpful tips and useful information
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Organizing it in such away that it is accessible to those that are searching for information on development strategies.
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More customized web tools that met the desires of the users.
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==Featured Pages 2007-2009==
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=== '''March 2009 Featured Page:''' [[Madagascar]] ===
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Faith and Tom, 2007-2009, Madagascar
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http://blog.faithandtom.com/2009/02/22/the-map-project.aspx?ref=rss
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=== '''February 2009 Featured Page:''' [[Morocco]] ===
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Unknown Volunteer some where in the Atlas Mountains 2008-2010
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[http://innocentablogged.blogspot.com/2009/02/22409-mural-mapping-map-muraling.html]
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2/24/09 Mural Mapping (Map Muraling?)
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This weekend, we had the third meeting of our group, the Future Leaders of Berberville. We talked about the upcoming tree planting and **painted a world map mural**. They already had a world map with geographical boundaries (although it was flaking badly, and more than one country had been knocked off the map by knocking out the plaster under it - reminded me of the now-headless images of Hatshepsut in her palace in Luxor), plus we wanted to maintain the Environmental Education aspect of the project, so we created a map of world biomes. Polar and Mountain Ice, Tundra, Chapparal, Savannah, Desert, etc. The geography teacher and English teacher worked together Friday night to translate the names for us.
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=== '''JULY 2008 Featured Page:''' [[Turkmenistan]] ===
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Annie Peirce 2007-2009
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[[http://anniedesertjourney.blogspot.com/2008/07/watching-paint-dry-was-never-so.html]]
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=== '''MARCH 2008 Featured Page:''' [[Niger]] ===
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'''Mallamawa Kaka'''
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Leah Wohlsdorf, 2002-2004, Mayahi, Niger.
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[[Image:Wohlsdorf_Niger.JPG||300x300px]]
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=== '''FEBRUARY 2008 Featured Page:''' [[Benin]] ===
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''' Allada'''
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Chris Starace, 1995-1997, Allada, Benin.
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[[Image:Starace_Benin.JPG||300x300px]]
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"The concentric circles represent the distance from my house that I could comfortably ride my bike to villages to teach cooperatives small business development. A Mtn. Bike was my only means of transportation and due to the heat, mud and rain, 6-10 miles was all I could do each way. The return trip was usually mid-day and was usually quite hot or very wet. This map was indispensable to me to help me find my way around. In the African bush there certainly are no street signs, and I was never good enough at the local language to ask for directions and understand anything more than a point of the finger." Right. "I lived across the path from [...] one extended family [...] Since there were 40 or so people who lived there, I found it hard to learn everyone's name, figure out how and to whom they were related, and in which house they lived. To help figure this out I drew a simple map of their housing compound and I labeled the parents of each house since one couple and their children lived in each house." -Chris Starace
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[[Hand Drawn Community Map]]
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Chris's Documentary DVD [http://www.geocities.com/fon_is_fun/DVD.htm http://www.geocities.com/fon_is_fun/DVD.htm]
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Chris's 2004 photos [http://www.friends-of-benin.org/Chris-s-photos-7.04.htm http://www.friends-of-benin.org/Chris-s-photos-7.04.htm]
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=== '''JANUARY 2008 Featured Page:''' [[El Salvador]] ===
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''' Nuevo Eden de San Juan'''
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[[Chris Delcher]], 1998-2000, Nuevo Eden de San Juan.
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[[Image:Delcher_ElSalvador.jpg|300px]]
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[[Image:Delcher_ElSalvador2.jpg|300px]]
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(Left) Funding for a latrine project: Red symbols show households with no latrines in the area around the central plaza. I made this map because it was an application for funding requirement of the Pan American Health Organization.
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(Right) Our group had this map of El Salvador commissioned for a T-shirt. Created by one of the PCVs, it shows a machine gun transforming into a corn-stalk representing peace after the civil war. The San Salvador volcano is in the background.
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=== '''DECEMBER 2007 Featured Page:''' [[Lesotho]] ===
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'''Maineng & Ha Ramabanta'''
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[[Image:Conviser2_Lesotho.jpg|300px]]
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[[Image:Conviser_Lesotho.jpg|300px]]
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Jack Conviser, Pen and Ink Drawing, Maineng & Ha Ramabanta.  "The left hand image shows a sketch of the village of Maineng and the pragmatic separation between different family groups of houses based on topography and the access to garden spaces and animal Kraals. The right hand map shows my "neighborhood" in Ha Ramabanta. The locations of doors and window in the Ronduvals speak to the basic orientation of the housing for the sun(to the north!), to the east to face the river valley, and for good social contact with the family yards. People would often leave their doors open to talk to those doing things in their yards, such as cooking, threshing corn, "gossiping" etc.
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Perhaps, equally important are the names of all of my neighbors. Walking around with a sketch pad in hand, making the map helped me to meet and introduce myself to those closest to me, gave an excuse to visit see their gardens behind the fences and hear a few of their stores. After I was properly introduced at a village meeting, this became a great form of meet and greet that only needed minimal language access. I would do it again that way in any new setting."
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-Conviser
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=== '''NOVEMBER 2007 Featured Page:''' [[Armenia]] ===
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'''Noyemberyian'''
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[[Image:noyemberyantrainingoutside.jpg|200px]]
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[[Image:noyemberianusinggps.jpg|300px]]
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[[Image:Tav.jpg|300px]]
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Training GPS/GIS Winter'06 with community engineers, Noyemberian, [[Armenia]]. [[Will Dickinson]], 2004-2006 Ijevan/Jermuk.
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== Give a Map ==
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*Add your map collection
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*Make a searchable map for the volunteer that will replace you. (This could start a trend whereby maps are passed from volunteer to volunteer and community changes can be tracked through time.) 
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=== Directions to give a map(s) ===
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*To generate institutional memory, maps are very important; they are unique in their ability to convey spatial relationships.
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*Please give a map to the volunteer after you so they can orient themselves in their new community, and see all the work you have done.
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*See [[Mappc.org:Disclaimer]] for more information about map sensitivity
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*Identifying projects, potential projects, established institutes, and landmarks is encouraged. 
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*Go to mappc.org
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*Go to Create Article; please enter either your name or the name of your project,
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*Wiki will prompt you to edit the page:
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*Please replace the template with information on your PC mapping experience
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=== Uploading images ===
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*You can upload the following image formats: jpg, png, gif, bmp.
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*The wiki will prompt you for a name to call the image, I suggest naming it “name_country.jpg” (example: “Dickinson_Armenia.jpg”
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== Insert these into your article ==
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<nowiki>
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[[image:(imagename.jpg)]]
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Example: [[image:Dickinson_Armenia.jpg]]
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</nowiki>
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=== Suggestions about images size ===
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Please don’t upload images over 500kb, they will just be slow. If you have a large map images please email it to the webmaster for posting.
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=== Creating a Google map on your page ===
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*Click on the map icon on the toolbar.
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*Enter the name of your site or the closest town or city.
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*Google Maps should fly you there and you can establish a marker.
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*Save the marker and enter what you like in the bubble.
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*Paste the code into the article
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=== Main Map ===
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Shows the location of all projects and pages on the site.
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=== Mileage Counter ===
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“It would be very cool to have a counter or such to show increase the area of the Earth mapped by volunteers and their host communities” - agreed. Don’t think there is any open source on this yet. There are some folks that have similar technologies…I will check on this…or I would have to get someone to build it out. Think this doable however. With the Google Map stuff if you can envision it, they can build it. We can do KML file map overlays and then calculate the square mileage in this way.
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In the PC the mapping thing seemed to be very two faced. On one hand they were very helpful and required by the administration for evacuation purposes. On the other there is very little in the way of training that the administration receives on this.
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=== Community Map Posting Issues ===
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*Maps may reveal the people in the community that are helpful and friendly to PC.
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*knowing that this information is on the internet could make counterparts less likely to help out next time…depends??
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=== Underdevelopment ===
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Suggested Format for you Article
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The left side bar identifies you. Depending on how much you fill in it identifies: Name, Country, Years in PC, Map Area, Year map created, Work Area the map was created for.

Latest revision as of 13:22, 23 August 2016

Mappc was started by Will Dickinson in summer 2007 and as of September 2009 all the information on the wiki has been ported into the Peace Corps Corps Wiki and can been found under the category:maps


Goals

“Mappc.org” was created with those researching the history of mapping in the Peace Corps in mind. Furthermore, it is designed to spark the imaginations of those future map makers and visionaries that have yet to join PC. The site showcases the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers over the lifetime of PC. The maps and art show the creativity of Americans living in small communities around the world.

1. A forum for RPCVs, PCVs and people with an interest in maps and the Peace Corps

2. Online galley of some fine pieces of art and many ways the capture the experience of living in a country. Often these are the only personal records that document the way that PCVs interacted with a community. Maps contribute to tracing the history of the development of the Peace Corps and how environments and communities have changed over time. They are also functional for the communities. In order to bring projects, many NGOs require maps of the community. In the earlier days, some volunteers actually mapped land for the first time in the country's history.

3. Institutional memory building

4. Exposure and diffusion of map technology may help the in process of reform and growth at the administrative level of PC, which with intern shape future policy and training.

5. Showcasing the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers.

6. Spark the imaginations of those future map makers and visionaries that have yet to join PC.

7. A resource to communities, RPCVs, and current PCVs on mapping technology. Including jobs, tech links, and libraries of info.

8. To demonstrate how grassroots map creation can make a small but appreciable change in the overall awareness of the community and their planning activities.

9. Showcase the latest in spatial technologies available in the open source web programming.

Maps by Country

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Why

Why else…. there is nothing like it out there….well it meets goal “three” of Peace Corps.

“Dealing with what I could and couldn’t do regarding community planning and trying to reconstruction the history of my site was one of the most frustrating aspects of my PC experience.” -Will Dickinson


Future desires and development

Add additional articles and maps Including helpful tips and useful information Organizing it in such away that it is accessible to those that are searching for information on development strategies. More customized web tools that met the desires of the users.


Featured Pages 2007-2009

March 2009 Featured Page: Madagascar

Faith and Tom, 2007-2009, Madagascar http://blog.faithandtom.com/2009/02/22/the-map-project.aspx?ref=rss

February 2009 Featured Page: Morocco

Unknown Volunteer some where in the Atlas Mountains 2008-2010 [1] 2/24/09 Mural Mapping (Map Muraling?) This weekend, we had the third meeting of our group, the Future Leaders of Berberville. We talked about the upcoming tree planting and **painted a world map mural**. They already had a world map with geographical boundaries (although it was flaking badly, and more than one country had been knocked off the map by knocking out the plaster under it - reminded me of the now-headless images of Hatshepsut in her palace in Luxor), plus we wanted to maintain the Environmental Education aspect of the project, so we created a map of world biomes. Polar and Mountain Ice, Tundra, Chapparal, Savannah, Desert, etc. The geography teacher and English teacher worked together Friday night to translate the names for us.

JULY 2008 Featured Page: Turkmenistan

Annie Peirce 2007-2009 [[2]]

MARCH 2008 Featured Page: Niger

Mallamawa Kaka

Leah Wohlsdorf, 2002-2004, Mayahi, Niger.

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FEBRUARY 2008 Featured Page: Benin

Allada

Chris Starace, 1995-1997, Allada, Benin.

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"The concentric circles represent the distance from my house that I could comfortably ride my bike to villages to teach cooperatives small business development. A Mtn. Bike was my only means of transportation and due to the heat, mud and rain, 6-10 miles was all I could do each way. The return trip was usually mid-day and was usually quite hot or very wet. This map was indispensable to me to help me find my way around. In the African bush there certainly are no street signs, and I was never good enough at the local language to ask for directions and understand anything more than a point of the finger." Right. "I lived across the path from [...] one extended family [...] Since there were 40 or so people who lived there, I found it hard to learn everyone's name, figure out how and to whom they were related, and in which house they lived. To help figure this out I drew a simple map of their housing compound and I labeled the parents of each house since one couple and their children lived in each house." -Chris Starace Hand Drawn Community Map

Chris's Documentary DVD http://www.geocities.com/fon_is_fun/DVD.htm Chris's 2004 photos http://www.friends-of-benin.org/Chris-s-photos-7.04.htm


JANUARY 2008 Featured Page: El Salvador

Nuevo Eden de San Juan

Chris Delcher, 1998-2000, Nuevo Eden de San Juan.

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(Left) Funding for a latrine project: Red symbols show households with no latrines in the area around the central plaza. I made this map because it was an application for funding requirement of the Pan American Health Organization.

(Right) Our group had this map of El Salvador commissioned for a T-shirt. Created by one of the PCVs, it shows a machine gun transforming into a corn-stalk representing peace after the civil war. The San Salvador volcano is in the background.


DECEMBER 2007 Featured Page: Lesotho

Maineng & Ha Ramabanta

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Jack Conviser, Pen and Ink Drawing, Maineng & Ha Ramabanta. "The left hand image shows a sketch of the village of Maineng and the pragmatic separation between different family groups of houses based on topography and the access to garden spaces and animal Kraals. The right hand map shows my "neighborhood" in Ha Ramabanta. The locations of doors and window in the Ronduvals speak to the basic orientation of the housing for the sun(to the north!), to the east to face the river valley, and for good social contact with the family yards. People would often leave their doors open to talk to those doing things in their yards, such as cooking, threshing corn, "gossiping" etc.

Perhaps, equally important are the names of all of my neighbors. Walking around with a sketch pad in hand, making the map helped me to meet and introduce myself to those closest to me, gave an excuse to visit see their gardens behind the fences and hear a few of their stores. After I was properly introduced at a village meeting, this became a great form of meet and greet that only needed minimal language access. I would do it again that way in any new setting."

-Conviser

NOVEMBER 2007 Featured Page: Armenia

Noyemberyian

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Training GPS/GIS Winter'06 with community engineers, Noyemberian, Armenia. Will Dickinson, 2004-2006 Ijevan/Jermuk.


Give a Map

  • Add your map collection
  • Make a searchable map for the volunteer that will replace you. (This could start a trend whereby maps are passed from volunteer to volunteer and community changes can be tracked through time.)


Directions to give a map(s)

  • To generate institutional memory, maps are very important; they are unique in their ability to convey spatial relationships.
  • Please give a map to the volunteer after you so they can orient themselves in their new community, and see all the work you have done.
  • Identifying projects, potential projects, established institutes, and landmarks is encouraged.
  • Go to mappc.org
  • Go to Create Article; please enter either your name or the name of your project,
  • Wiki will prompt you to edit the page:
  • Please replace the template with information on your PC mapping experience


Uploading images

  • You can upload the following image formats: jpg, png, gif, bmp.
  • The wiki will prompt you for a name to call the image, I suggest naming it “name_country.jpg” (example: “Dickinson_Armenia.jpg”

Insert these into your article

[[image:(imagename.jpg)]] Example: [[image:Dickinson_Armenia.jpg]]

Suggestions about images size

Please don’t upload images over 500kb, they will just be slow. If you have a large map images please email it to the webmaster for posting.


Creating a Google map on your page

  • Click on the map icon on the toolbar.
  • Enter the name of your site or the closest town or city.
  • Google Maps should fly you there and you can establish a marker.
  • Save the marker and enter what you like in the bubble.
  • Paste the code into the article

Main Map

Shows the location of all projects and pages on the site.


Mileage Counter

“It would be very cool to have a counter or such to show increase the area of the Earth mapped by volunteers and their host communities” - agreed. Don’t think there is any open source on this yet. There are some folks that have similar technologies…I will check on this…or I would have to get someone to build it out. Think this doable however. With the Google Map stuff if you can envision it, they can build it. We can do KML file map overlays and then calculate the square mileage in this way.

In the PC the mapping thing seemed to be very two faced. On one hand they were very helpful and required by the administration for evacuation purposes. On the other there is very little in the way of training that the administration receives on this.


Community Map Posting Issues

  • Maps may reveal the people in the community that are helpful and friendly to PC.
  • knowing that this information is on the internet could make counterparts less likely to help out next time…depends??


Underdevelopment

Suggested Format for you Article The left side bar identifies you. Depending on how much you fill in it identifies: Name, Country, Years in PC, Map Area, Year map created, Work Area the map was created for.