kferr027:

On December 17, 2010, I swore in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica after three months of training. Now, on December 7, 2012 I am officially signing the papers and closing my service as a volunteer after (almost) two years of service. Here I am with the four other girls in my training group, three of whom have already closed their service, and the fourth is about to. Below, with Marcela, my first language and culture facilitator during training. 

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Have Rainbow, Will Travel: The LGBT Experience in the Peace Corps 

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!)

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Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide commemorate Global Youth Service Day by working with children, youth and young adults to be more active citizens in their communities. This year, many Volunteers are using Global Youth Service Day activities to promote environmental awareness on Earth Day. 

Observed April 20 to 22, Global Youth Service Day provides Volunteers with an opportunity to engage youth and local community members in long-term service projects. For more than 10 years, Peace Corps Volunteers and their community partners have celebrated Global Youth Service Day and Earth Day through various activities.

Throughout the year, Peace Corps Volunteers work with youth to foster skills for transitioning from school to work, and becoming engaged in their communities. Volunteers also develop extracurricular activities that help local youth build confidence and develop decision-making, communication and leadership skills that promote positive relationships with peers, parents and adults. 

Five percent of Peace Corps Volunteers work in the youth in community development sector as their primary assignment, while another 40 percent of Volunteers work in the education sector. 

(Source: go.usa.gov)

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cityyear:

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to recognize African American leaders who exemplify City Year’s refreshed organizational values.
1) Service to a Cause Greater than Self: We dedicate ourselves to addressing shared civic challenges through unified action.
Aaron S. Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, is a perfect example of this City Year value. Williams served in the Peace Corps from 1967-1970 and then became the coordinator of minority recruitment and project evaluation officer for the Peace Corps in his hometown of Chicago from 1970-1971. Williams has also done a lot of work supporting international development all over the world outside of the Peace Corps as well.
To learn more about Aaron Williams, click here.

cityyear:

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to recognize African American leaders who exemplify City Year’s refreshed organizational values.

1) Service to a Cause Greater than Self: We dedicate ourselves to addressing shared civic challenges through unified action.

Aaron S. Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, is a perfect example of this City Year value. Williams served in the Peace Corps from 1967-1970 and then became the coordinator of minority recruitment and project evaluation officer for the Peace Corps in his hometown of Chicago from 1970-1971. Williams has also done a lot of work supporting international development all over the world outside of the Peace Corps as well.

To learn more about Aaron Williams, click here.

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