List of resources for Madagascar

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Madagascar, 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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[edit] General Information About Madagascar

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

http://www.lonelyplanet.com
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about 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 Madagascar 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 of countries around the world.

http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. 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 countries around the world.

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees

http://www.rpcv.org
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.

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 from countries around the world.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Madagascar

http://news.bbc.co.uk/
The site of BBC News’ world edition, from which you can search for news on Madagascar.

http://air-mad.com/index.html
A travel site with information on all things Malagasy.

http://www.wanadoo.mg/
The site of one of the first Internet service providers in Madagascar (in French).

[edit] International Development Sites About Madagascar

http://wwww.unaids.org
Site of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, with thorough information on the worldwide AIDS epidemic.

http://www.usaid.gov/regions/afr/country_info/madagascar.html
Provides an overview of the Agency for International Development’s projects in Madagascar and other valuable information.

http://www.worldbank.org
Find Madagascar for several documents related to developmental aid.

http://www.comminit.com/index.html
The site of the Communication Initiative has general information on development issues.


[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Bradt, Hilary. Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide. Chalfont St. Peter: Bradt Travel Guides, 2005.
  2. Garbutt, Nick. Mammals of Madagascar. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.
  3. Jolly, Alison. Lords and Lemurs: Mad Scientists, Kings with Spears, and the Survival of Diversity in Madagascar. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Co., 2004.
  4. Lanting, Frans (photographer). Madagascar: A World Out of Time. New York, NY: Aperture, 1990.
  5. Lambek, Michael. The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanga Madagascar. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2002.
  6. Sharp, Lesley A. The Possessed and the Dispossessed: Spirits, Identity, and Power in a Madagascar Migrant Town. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993 (out of print).
  7. Tyson, Peter. The Eighth Continent: Life, Death, and Discovery in the Lost World of Madagascar. New York: Avon Books, 2000.

[edit] 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.


[edit] 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).
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