Recommended Online Reading ASCEND TRAVEL WEBSITE Staying involved with Ascend Travel is as easy as visiting us at http://www.ascendtravelperu.com. Help us out by spreading the word so we can help make more positive change in the world! US DEPARTMENT OF STATE The US Department of State is a very valuable resource for anyone traveling overseas. The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. You will also find information on how obtain or renew a passport, and what to do if your passport is lost or stolen. The State Department also provides you the opportunity to register with the US Embassy or Consulate in the country you are visiting. This will allow the embassy or consular office to contact you in case of an emergency, or to assist you in evacuation in the event of a disaster. These resources and others can be found by going to travel.state.gov. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION The Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mission is “to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.” Their website is valuable not only to travelers but also at home, in the work place, or at school. Ascend Travel expedition participants may benefit greatly from the section on “Travelers’ Health.” Here you will find important health information on the various Ascend Travel project areas, as well as details on vaccinations that will be needed for your specific area of service. The CDC also provides a listing of travel medicine clinics in your area. Just go to www.cdc.gov/travel to find out more. CIA WORLD FACTBOOK The CIA World Factbook is a great online resource for information regarding your country of service. You will be provided with a wealth of information regarding the history, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of your country of service. Go to www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook and select a country or location from the drop down menu. Also, we will send you a 4-page publication called “Culture Gram Peru” that provides a brief overview of the culture, geography, and important considerations about Peru. UNITED NATIONS CARTOGRAPHIC SECTION The UN Cartographic Section provides maps and geographical information resources. Here you will find the best quality detailed maps online (from what we have found) that won’t cost you anything.
Published on Mar 27, 2012
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