List of resources for Tonga

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Tonga 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. We urge you to research as much as possible on Tonga before you arrive. Again, this Welcome Book only provides you general Information and you will find that the more you research and learn on your own, the easier it will be during training.

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 of 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 Tonga
Visit this site for general travel advice about Tonga. It has images, fast facts, history, and other information.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Learn more about Tonga's social and political history.
This online atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the CIA World Factbook, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background information about countries worldwide.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
The official site for the Tongan government.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities.
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.
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 Tonga
"Tonga on the 'Net" contains cultural information, stories, history, etc.
The Tonga Visitors’ Bureau website provides general information, maps, pictures, and samples of traditional Tongan singing.
The site of the Tonga Star (in English and Tongan)
A collection of news articles on Tonga from around the world
Current news and links about Tonga by Tongans

International Development Sites About Tonga
Australia’s international aid agency
Canada Fund in the Pacific
New Zealand Agency for International Development
U.S. Agency for International Development
United Nations Development Programme
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme

Recommended Books

  1. McCoy, Mary and Havea, Drew. Making Sense of Tonga: Nuku'alofa, Tonga,Training Group of the Pacific, 2006.
  2. Douglas, Norman, and Ngaire Douglas. Tonga—A Guide. Australia: Author, 1989.
  1. Fletcher, Matt. Lonely Planet Tonga (4th ed.). London: Lonely Planet, 2001.
  2. Ledyard, Patricia. ’Utulei, My Tongan Home. Tonga: Vava’u Press, 1987.
  3. Marcus, George E. Nobility and the Chiefly Tradition in the Modern Kingdom of Tonga. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1981.
  4. Shumway, Eric. Intensive Course in Tongan: With Numerous Supplementary Materials, Grammatical Notes, and Glossary. Honolulu, HI: Brigham Young University; Institute for Polynesian Studies; Rev. ed. Edition, 1989. (Also available in audiocassette and CD)

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).