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Update on Peace Corps Funding: Action Alert


By Jonathan Pearson on Monday, March 10th, 2014

California Congressman Sam Farr served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia from 1964-66

We are into the final hours of the House of Representatives “Dear Colleague” letter, urging support for strong funding for the Peace Corps in the next fiscal year (FY 2015).  Thanks to your help, we are now just two signatures shy of setting a new record level of support.

Colombia RPCV Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) is leading the charge on the letter, which asks the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations to support $400 million for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2015.  This request would represent a 5 percent increase over current funding and return the Peace Corps to funding levels it had reached five years ago.   The other four Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the House of Representatives – Tom Petri (R-WI), Mike Honda (D-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) – are all original signers of the letter. …

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RPCV Opportunities to Jump Start Your Career & Bring the World Home

Dear RPCVs:

Peace Corps is bringing its RPCV support around the country to help you jump start your career. Whether you’ve been back 10 days or 10 years, we hope you’ll sign up for any of the following regional or national RPCV Career Events to get yourself back in shape for the U.S. job market or to refresh your job search strategy as you change career direction:

Spring 2014 RPCV Career Events

On the cultural front, with fewer than 10 days left until the start of Peace Corps Week, we hope you’ll take a couple minutes to see what’s already been done by PCVs and RPCVs participating in the Video and Classroom Challenges. It’s not too late for you to join in and there are tote bags, maps, and even the possibility of a free iPad to entice you!

Thank you for your service and for continuing to make a difference.

All the best,


Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services


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RPCV suggests Peace Corps outmoded and in need of major reform

With the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination having recently passed, some news outlets used the occasion to take stock of one of his most important legacies, the Peace Corps.

Ryan Rommann served as Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia from 2009 to 2011 and recently wrote a provocative essay in The Guardian on Peace Corps, drawing on some data and his own personal experience. He suggests that the model is in deep need of revision. Having been out of the Peace Corps for more than a decade, it is unclear to me if Ryan captures the contemporary reality. My sense is that volunteers are much more connected to home, to each other, and to information than they once were. That certainly has its advantages in terms of the ability to tap in to knowledge, and I imagine that it has transformed the paradigmatic notion of your solo Peace Corps volunteer isolated in a rural village. I also gather, from following Peace Corps Ecuador and some interesting programming from a country director in Senegal, that some country directors are making great strides to try and shake things up, with more professionalism and teamwork. Still, Ryan raises some important points. Read on for more details. …

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