List of resources for Peru

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The following is a list of websites for additional information about Peru. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure that we are providing you with links that are active and current, we cannot guarantee that all are.

A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experiences. These opinions are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S. Government. We hope you will keep in mind that people experience their service in different ways.

General Information About Peru
The U.S. State Department’s website contains useful background notes on Peru and other countries around the world.
This is the website of the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. It provides information on Peru’s history, politics, economy, and tourism, as well as links to other websites on Peru.
This is the Peruvian section of the World Factbook, produced by the Central Intelligence Agency. It provides current statistics on the country.
This is the online version of Peru: A Country Study, which was published in 1992 by the Library of Congress. It is an excellent resource for historical and background information on Peru.
This is the Peruvian government’s official website, with a wealth of current information (in Spanish)
This is the site of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática, providing access to statistical information on Peru, including economic and social indicators (in Spanish).
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information. Each country page contains links to other sites that contain historical, social, and political information.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
This site of the Latin American Network Information Center links to a variety of resources on Latin America.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information for countries around the world.
Visit this site for general travel advice about Peru and almost any other country in the world.
This is the Peruvian government’s tourism website, offering bilingual information on festivals, hotels, and what to see.
Travel guide to Peru including individual city guides for Lima, Arequipa and Cusco, medical advice and language tips.
This website for the Travel Magazine of Peru provides information for travelers in English and Spanish. It has excellent photographs of the various regions and attractions of Peru.
This site contains news and links related to Peru (in Spanish).

International Development Agencies

The following agencies have programs in Peru. Peace Corps works directly with the Ministry of Health, PRISMA, CARE, and PIDECAFE, and has a close relationship with USAID.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Pan American Health Organization
The Inter-American Development Bank
Peru’s Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
PRISMA, a Peruvian nongovernmental organization
CARE/Peru (in Spanish)
PIDECAFE, a Peruvian nongovernmental organization promoting the production of organic coffee and cane sugar (in Spanish)

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 hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.
Amigos de Bolivia y Peru is the returned Peace Corps Volunteer group for Volunteers and staff who have served in Bolivia and Peru. Its website has information on both countries. This organization publishes a quarterly newsletter for members, which you may receive in-country. Your friends and family may join this group as well.

Recommended Books on Peru:

  1. Arana, Maria. American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood. New York, NY: The Dial Press, 2001.
  2. Danbury, Richard. The Inca Trail, Cuzco and Machu Picchu: Includes the Vilcabama Trail and Lima City Guide. Trailblazer Publications, 2002.
  3. Hemming, John. Conquest of the Incas. Harvest Books, 1973.
  4. Starn, Orin, Carlos Ivan Degregori, and Robin Kirk (eds.). The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1995.
  5. Stern, Steve J. (ed.). Shining and Other Paths: War and Society in Peru, 1980-1995. Duke University Press, 1998.
  6. Parris, Matthew. Inca Kola: A Traveller's Tale of Peru. Phoenix New Ed, 1993.

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, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  4. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  5. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999
  6. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  7. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  8. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).