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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and the Dominican Republic 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, 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. 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 the Dominican Republic
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find the Dominican Republic and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.
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.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries around the world.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, composed of returned Volunteers. The site has 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. You can also go straight to the Friends of the Dominican Republic site:
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.
This site is filled with information about Peace Corps/ Dominican Republic and is managed by the returned Peace Corps Volunteers of the Dominican Republic and their organization, Friends of the Dominican Republic.

Online Articles / Current News Sites About the Dominican Republic
This site provides daily news summaries in English
Online edition of Listin Diario, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)
Online edition of Hoy, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)
Official Internet portal to the Dominican Republic with information on history, culture and arts, economy, business, politics, news, etc. (in Spanish and English)

International Development Sites About the Dominican Republic
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs in the Dominican Republic
The United Nation’s Development Programme’s projects in the Dominican Republic (in Spanish),00.html
The World Bank’s programs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Recommended Books

  1. Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1991.
  2. Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1995.
  3. Alvarez, Julia. ¡Yo! Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1997. These are three novels about Dominican history and the immigrant experience by a writer who moved to the United States as a girl when her parents fled the Trujillo regime.
  4. Fischkin, Barbara. Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America. New York: Scribner, 1997. A journalist follows the emigration of a Dominican family from the time they apply for visas through their move to New York.
  5. Ruck, Rob. The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic. University of Nebraska Press, 1999. Traces baseball’s roots in the Dominican Republic against a historical background of economic and political change.
  6. Pons, Frank Moya. The Dominican Republic: A National History. New York: Hispaniola Books, 1994.
  7. Wucker, Michele. Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999.
  8. Danticat, Edwidge. The Farming of Bones. Penguin, 1999. A novel that bears witness to the atrocities committed against Haitians living in the DR during the 1937 massacre.

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).