“Without proper access to clean water, community members often suffer from nutritional deficiencies and waterborne diseases. For millions of people living in developing countries like Togo, these conditions are everyday realities that inhibit their ability to work, pursue an education or raise a family. Access to clean water is not only the basis of reducing poverty and illness; it is the foundation of a productive and fully functioning community.”
- Peace Corps Health Volunteer Danielle Maisano
Botswana is known for its basket weaving, ostrich egg shell jewelery, and hopefully soon, its sculpture. This was created at the Thapong Visual Arts Centre in the capital city, Gaborone. - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Alexis Kanter
Check out this lovely photoblog about one RPCV’s experience in Botswana.
We are thrilled to announce that Alicia Keys will be selecting the winners of our AIDS-Free Generation Photo Contest! As co-founder and global ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, Keys is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families living with AIDS. Her passion combined with her artistic vision will help us select the winning photos that express the spirit of the Peace Corps Volunteers. Their work around the world is truly an inspiration to us all.
PCVs & RPCVs: Still planning to submit your photos? We’ve extended the deadline to 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 4! Visit www.peacecorps.gov/photocontest for more info
Contribute to peace and friendship around the world by joining the communications team at Peace Corps! We’re looking for a marketing strategist (1.usa.gov/mktingjob) and a writer/editor (1.usa.gov/writeedit). Positions need to be filled ASAP!
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 27 to get a glimpse at what it’s like for Peace Corps Volunteers as they adapt to overseas cultures that can be less than tolerant of their sexual identities.
(HT to the Washington Blade for the awesome photos of RPCVs marching in the DC Pride Parade!)
A young girl plays Frisbee in Yemen - 1977