List of resources for Paraguay

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Paraguay 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 experience, 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 Paraguay[edit]

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations
Visit this site to learn about Paraguay or almost any other country in the world.

http://www.state.gov/p/wha
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries in the Western Hemisphere. Find Paraguay and learn more about its social and political history.

http://asuncion.usembassy.gov/
Official website of the U.S. embassy in Paraguay. Includes extensive links to sites about Paraguay as well as up-to-date information on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blparaguay.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 countries worldwide.

http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/sa/paraguay/
The site of the Latin American Network Information Center links to a variety of resources on Paraguay.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees[edit]

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. Or go straight to the Friends of Paraguay site:

http://www.friendsofparaguay.org
This nonprofit organization was created in 1987 to establish a network of returned Peace Corps Volunteers and others who are interested in improving communication and information exchange in support of social, cultural, and economic development in Paraguay.

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://peacecorps.mtu.edu/
Peace Corps Volunteers in the field and returned Volunteers who are affiliated with the Master’s International program at Michigan Tech make regular submissions to this site, including synopses of technical projects and links to technical resources that may be helpful to Volunteers in the field.

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.

Current News Sites About Paraguay (in Spanish)[edit]

http://www.lanacion.com.py
Site of La Nacion

http://www.ultimahora.com
Site of Ultima Hora

http://www.abc.com.py
Site of ABC Color

International Development Sites[edit]

http://www.usaid.gov/country/lac/py
U.S. Agency for International Development

http://www.worldbank.org
World Bank (search for Paraguay using the “Countries & Regions” link in the left navigation column)

http://www.jica.go.jp/paraguay/espanol/index.html
Japan International Cooperation Agency

http://www.plan-international.org/wherewework/americas/paraguay/
Plan International

http://www.unicef.org/paraguay
UNICEF

http://www.unesco.org
UNESCO (search for Paraguay)

http://www.worldwildlife.org
World Wildlife Fund (search for Paraguay)

Recommended Books[edit]

  1. Gimlette, John. At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels through Paraguay. New York: Knopf, 2004.
  2. MacIntyre, Ben. Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992.
  3. McNaspy, C.J. Lost Cities of Paraguay: Art and Architecture of the Jesuit Reductions, 1607-1767. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1982.
  4. Miranda, Carlos R. The Stroessner Era: Authoritarian Rule in Paraguay. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1990.

Books About the History of the Peace Corps[edit]

  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[edit]

  1. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  1. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  2. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  3. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).