Today the U.S. Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Carrie Hessler-Radelet as our 19th director!
Peace Corps Response Volunteer M. Thomas Dugganis working with the Millennium Challenge Corporation to rehabilitate essential community facilities in the Philippines after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.
He’s also using his educational background in visual arts, camera equipment, and knowledge of local dialects and geography he acquired during his three years of service to capture the experiences of Filipinos and share it with those who need to understand the damage and the affected people.
See more of his photos here
The Gambia may be small, but it is strong! That’s the message Peace Corps Week 2014 Video Challenge Honorable Mention winner Cara Sandquist wanted Americans to know about her country of service.
This piece originally appeared in full at “The Enterprise.”
The first few days and weeks in Malawi can be overwhelming. The 20-hour flight seems endless, and with hardly any sleep it’s easy to get flustered. Reading any of the hundreds of books about this continent can never be a match for learning about Africa when living here. Years ago in grade school we were taught about Africa as a continent…
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud” -Coco Chanel
I coordinated a Camp GLOW: Girls Leading Our World, in my local community where we focused on character development, health/healthy living and professional development. Camp GLOW is a PEPFAR and Peace Corps initiative, they hold large regional camps annually in Kenya. I applied for a grant through World Connect to host…
From orchestrating a youth athletics program and teaching English lessons, to assisting with community flood relief, RPCV China Dickerson left no stones unturned during her service in El Salvador from 2007 to 2009.
Before Peace Corps, Dickerson aspired to a career in corporate law, but her work with under-served communities shifted her priorities. We asked some questions of the RPCV to learn…
A groovy family in Afghanistan - 1973
Girl Hub Ethiopia recently formed a partnership with Peace Corps to provide Yegna content for their gender clubs. Peace Corps Volunteer Morgan Davison tells us about her experience of living and working in Ethiopia.
The Saludable School Project was first started 8 years ago when the first Peace Corps volunteer was welcomed into the community. A strong promotion for healthy living and healthy habits was asserted and passed on to the volunteers that followed and continue through each volunteer’s work. As the community continues to grow and build within, it is time to construct growth externally. The local school has an incredible connection with the core of the community and many of the surrounding areas send their children to the school because of the education and community assistance. A small school with big plans, each student has their books, healthy snacks and tooth brush in hand all provided by the Minstry of Education of Paraguay, but more is needed to continue healthy habits. In collaboration with the professors of the school and family and friends both near and far the school wishes to create sanitary locations in the school for the youth to wash their hands, brush teeth and cook food for school and after school activities. The school raised enough funds to finish bathrooms for both boys and girls this past year all from community contribution and hard work. The community with great emphasis on parents of youth are actively involved and ready to work for the children of this town and Paraguay’s future. This next project engages all once again in the development of an improved place of learning and living. Thank you for your support!donate at the link below! http://tinyurl.com/neybvtf
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The Peace Corps Office of Diversity and National Outreach is hosting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony, celebrating our relationship with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on Friday, May 23.
Join us in person at Peace Corps HQ or watch the Google+ Hangout On Air http://bit.ly/1qmqZFE
The event will highlight the intersection of the organizational missions and showcase the effect and impact that Peace Corps service has had on brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. The inaugural event for this partnership will also honor the legacy of Alpha Phi Alpha brothers in the Peace Corps and foreign affairs. The event also aims to call to action future generations interested in engaging the global community through service. Guests will include will include Mark Tillman, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Johnnie Carson, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. In addition, we will virtually connect with a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer (Namibia) and brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
So Camp Sky finished a couple weeks ago, but I’m still excited about it. It was mos def the best week of my Peace Corps service, and the most rewarding. Personally, I was taking pictures and videos for our blog to share with the world (campskymw.tumblr.com if you haven’t checked it out yet!) and I taught a lesson about poetry vs. prose using my ukulele and songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Bon Iver, and T. Swift. Oh also, I cleaned a lot. If you want to know more about the week, look at the blog or feel free to ask me anything about it. Camp Sky was real amazing and inspiring and made my whole service! From cleaning up in the beginning, to watching kids shine creatively, to watching them get super into activities like flip cup (with water!), scavenger hunts, the Macarena, asking questions to guest Malawian professionals, singing songs, creating songs in 30 minutes, and engaging in lessons, to seeing some use a computer for the first time, to watching them also try spaghetti for the first time (some enjoyed more than others), to hearing some students recite lines while watching the Romeo and Juliet, to saying goodbye…for now. Thanks to everybody involved…no matter how. That week was tremendous, and while our goal was to do it for the students it also did a lot for us PCV’s involved. YEWO CHOMENE