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  • Stephanie Schuck
    Hi everyone, Happy New Year!! I have forwarded Peace Corps updates below. There is a small section on Peace Corps week, which is the week of Feb. 24th. If
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2013
      Hi everyone,

      Happy New Year!! I have forwarded Peace Corps updates below. There is a small section on Peace Corps week, which is the week of Feb. 24th. If anyone has any grand ideas on something special our group can do that week, let me know!

      "In the end, we will conserve only what we love.  We will love only what we understand.  We will understand what we are taught."
                                                                                           -Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

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      Subject: Peace Corps Update, January 2013

      Peace Corps Update, January 2013
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      Tuesday, January 01, 2013

      Dear Peace Corps Family,
      In a coincidental but fitting tribute to the man recognized as the leader of the civil rights movement in modern America, Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day both fall on January 21. President Barack Obama has called for the preceding Saturday, January 19 to be observed as a national day of service. I hope you will join Americans across the country and Peace Corps Volunteers around the world by serving others on this day.
      At Peace Corps headquarters, we are making plans to work with our yearly local community partners for the day of service. One of those partners is the Capital Area Food Bank. Each year, the Food Bank distributes 30 million pounds of food, reaching more than 478,000 people in the Washington, D.C. region struggling with hunger.
      The Peace Corps is proud to take part in the national day of service, which so well reflects our mission and values. Whatever your cause, wherever you are, I wish you great joy and satisfaction as you reach out to communities in need.
      Best wishes,
      Carrie Hessler-Radelet
      Acting Peace Corps Director
      (RPCV/Western Samoa, 1981-1983)


      Peace Corps Week
      Peace Corps Week 2013 (February 24–March 2) is fast approaching, and the new Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services is spearheading efforts to make Peace Corps Week 2013 an exciting time for the Peace Corps family. Your help is needed to promote Americans’ understanding of the world and to help champion RPCVs as uniquely qualified, global professionals. Each day of Peace Corps Week 2013 will have a theme, and participation will be essential to making this a success. Join the global effort to “Grow Your Peace Corps Family Tree” (Sunday), “Inspire Global Learning” (Monday), “Make Peace Personal” (Tuesday), “Invite the World to Your Table” (Wednesday), “Foster Global Citizenship” (Thursday), “Champion RPCVs as Global Professionals” (Friday) and “Act Locally to Influence Globally” (Saturday). Visit Peace Corps Week to learn more!   


      Office of Diversity and National Outreach
      Astronaut and RPCV Joe Acaba speaks at Peace Corps
      Astronaut and RPCV Joe Acaba visited Peace Corps headquarters in December as the keynote speaker for “Pasos Adelante: Hispanic Innovation in Action.” Acaba served as a PCV in the Dominican Republic and is the first astronaut of Puerto Rican descent. “The Peace Corps will always be a part of who I am. Serving in Peace Corps is just like living in space: You are working with people, away from your family, in a new environment, and you are occasionally faced with uncomfortable situations. I was just as affected by my service in Peace Corps as my time in space.” Following Acaba’s speech, a panel discussed the importance of diversity and innovation in an increasingly connected world. Other organizations represented on the panel included the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Teach for America, and National Council of La Raza.


      Peace Corps Response
      PCR promotes food security

      The Peace Corps, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development “Feed the Future” initiative, has partnered with Feed the Future’s implementing partners to improve food security. The goal of this initiative is to support vulnerable women, children, and family members faced with hunger and poverty. Peace Corps Response is currently recruiting 15 Volunteers to serve in Guatemala as infant and child nutrition educators, monitoring and evaluation coordinators, and food production educators. To explore these and other similar positions, please visit the Peace Corps Response website


      Peace Corps Partnership Program
      New year, new resolutions: Become a repeat PCPP donor
      Consider a resolution to give in 2013! The Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) supports community-initiated projects in every country where Peace Corps Volunteers serve. Donors may support projects throughout the year—on a weekly or monthly basis, or by committing to an annual gift. One hundred percent of tax-deductible contributions go directly to grassroots projects in the field. Making PCPP part of an annual giving strategy will help meet the pressing needs of communities worldwide. Visit the PCPP webpage to learn more about current projects and to donate.


      Hotline format to change
      Hotline, Peace Corps’ twice-monthly career bulletin, which has provided RPCVs with job announcements, scholarships, internships, and community service opportunities for over 40 years, is changing! The RPCVNetwork listserv and Hotline will be combined into one modern, interactive jobs board, which goes live on January 2. This new format will allow for real-time job postings and will be easier to search. For more information on the change, be sure to read the final December 15 issue of Hotline. This new interactive format is a giant leap forward that is sure to please both RPCVs and employers alike. Take advantage of these improved capabilities available exclusively to RPCVs on January 2! Click here to view current and past Hotline editions.


      Paul D. Coverdell Fellows
      Coverdell Fellow inspired to study nursing
      “Throughout my life I have had a passion for community, and Coverdell Fellows has encouraged me to stay immersed and connected to the people I live with as well as to the people of Zambia,” said Andrea Irene Torre. She served in Zambia as an HIV/AIDS prevention specialist and is now studying nursing as a Coverdell Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read Torre’s story on the Peace Corps website, as well as other narratives by fellows and former fellows.

      RPCVs, Keep in Touch
      Is your Peace Corps contact information up to date?
      If you are an RPCV, take a moment to make sure we have your latest information.


      Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services

      Thanks for all the great answers to the December question of the month: “What aspect of family life in your host country do you miss the most?” James Shreve, a current Volunteer in Malawi, shared the following:

      “The aspect of family life, which I value the most in Malawi, centers on the extended family. In my village, most of the households are comprised of people who are, at a minimum, loosely related. I live in between two sisters and am surrounded by their children. It makes perfect sense to me that Malawi is referred to as the ‘warm heart of Africa.’ Just about every person you meet will take a break in their day to chat. I believe this amicable nature radiates because of the love for their families, who are seemingly all around. As the holidays approach, I'm sure Americans are filled with festive cheer. For the other 11 months, I believe a dose of Malawian's unabashed friendliness would do America well!”
      January Third Goal Question of the Month: How have you involved your American family in your Peace Corps service? Please send your answer to thirdgoal@... with the subject line: Question of the Month. Note: Your submission may be shared in the next Peace Corps Update and/or on the Peace Corps website.
      World Wise Schools

      January is the month of new beginnings and new resolutions for the upcoming year. If you haven’t come up with a New Year’s resolution yet, try making it beneficial to you and others by learning about all the different people and cultures around the world! With World Wise Schools, you can educate your students and community about the different ways that Guayaquil, Bulgarian, and Surinamese people celebrate the beginning of the New Year. 
      Check it out here. Happy New Year!
      Career Events

      Registration for the National RPCV Career Conference on February 25–28, in Washington, D.C., is now open! Please visit the
      RPCV Calendar of Events for descriptions of sessions as well as the link to register.

      Office of Inspector General
      Report fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement

      Hotline 202.692.2915
      Online Web Form

      @PCOIG on twitter for updates and reports from the Office of Inspector General.

      From the National Peace Corps Association 
      Connect to the Peace Corps community
      Honor those continuing to make a difference, at home and abroad, by nominating a global leader who has been impacted by the Peace Corps for the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. The deadline for submissions is February 1. For more information, please visit here.
      The NPCA has been connecting and championing the Peace Corps community since 1979.


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