Additional Resources

Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Namibia 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 websites, blogs, or forums 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.

General Information About Namibia

The front page of the government of Namibia.

This foundation ranks every African country each year on indicators such as education, rule of law, business environment, rights, gender, etc.

On this site, you can learn anything, from what time it is in Windhoek to how to convert from the U.S. dollar to the Namibian dollar. Just click on Namibia and go from there.

Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.

The State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Namibia 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 material.

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, 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 of their Peace Corps service.

This site serves as a clearinghouse for Volunteer blogs from around the world. There are several from Namibia.

We are building our own website and are hopeful that it will be online by the time you receive this welcome book!

Most incoming groups of Volunteers create their own facebook groups to get to know each other prior to departure. In country staff and Volunteers will occasionally check these groups to provide guidance on packing and answer any questions that you may have.

Online Articles/Current News Sites About Namibia

A Namibian English-language newspaper

The site of South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, with articles of regional interest

The site of the Namibian Parliament

International Development Sites

U.S. Agency for International Development

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

United Nations Development Programme

Recommended Books

1. Bridgman, Jon M. The Revolt of the Hereros (Perspectives on Southern Africa). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981.

2. Hayes, Patricia, et al. (eds.). Namibia Under South African Rule: Mobility and Containment, 1915-46. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1998.

3. Leys, Colin. Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1995.

4. Nujoma, Sam. While Others Wavered: The Autobiography of Sam Nujoma. London: Panaf Books, 2001.

5. Theroux, Paul. Last Train to Zona Verde. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

6. Wallace, Marion. A History of Namibia. Oxford University Press, USA, 2011.

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).


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