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Help with KY Peace Corps recruitment activities!

RPCVs are needed to support recruitment events this summer! Help with Peace Corps outreach and enjoy a fun event. Sign up via the links below and RSVP/get reminders on the Facebook group. Come to socialize, swap stories and pick up the latest Peace Corps swag! For questions, contact: ahamilton@peacecorp.gov

· Peace Corps at The Flea Off Market (Louisville, Saturday June 4th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

o Sign up for a time slot here:sign-up sheet

· Peace Corps at LexPrideFest (Lexington, Saturday June 25th, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

o Sign up for a time slot here: sign-up sheet

From Angela Hamilton’s newsletter

2016 Kentucky Peace Corps picnic!!

KPCA Picnic/Potluck and Annual Meeting
June 11, 2016
12 Noon
Annual meeting 2pm
(new officer and board member elections)

At Don and Ida’s farm in Frankfort
(email kypeacecorps@gmail.com for directions)

Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/oFq4rfOYB8CbnFZt2

What to Bring
• A dish to share
• Place settings, plates, cups for your family
• Drinks (we will have a water cooler)
• Chairs, blankets, etc.
• $ for donations, t-shirts, and Marksbury Farms fresh grilled sandwiches

Other optional suggestions

• Bug spray, sunscreen, hats, etc.
• Games (bocci ball, Frisbee, corn hole, etc.)
• There is a creek to play in so bring supplies accordingly, depending on your intentions around that. HA!
• Musical instruments!!! We invite you to share any musical talents you may have with the group.
• Pop up shade tents
• As always, camping is welcome!

Other info
• We will have KPCA t-shirts for sale. We have a fresh supply of Small and Mediums as well as the larger sizes. T-shirts are $15 ($20 for XXL)
• As always, we will be collecting donations to help offset the cost of the port-a-potty as well as replenish our bank account. We ask that you consider a donation of $15 per person as a “membership fee” as well as an extra “potty” donation. ☺ All our funds go to help support worthwhile service projects at home and abroad!

A letter from our KY Peace Corps recruiter

Hello Kentucky RPCVs,

I recently completed one year as a Peace Corps Recruiter, and have had the pleasure to meet so many of you around the state. From helping recruit at events to sharing crazy stories from service over a drink, it has been a pleasure. I look forward to continuing to work with you.

I thought it might be helpful to offer periodic on points of interest about Peace Corps and how recruitment is going. This is the first so it’s a bit long…

· University Partnerships: This past spring, after a competitive application process, Murray State University signed an MOU to become the FIRST and ONLY school in Kentucky to offer the Peace Corps Prep program. It will likely launch this fall, and there is much enthusiasm and support all around campus. Other schools that are interested may also apply for the Peace Corps Prep program, or the Coverdell Fellows Program. ßThere are currently NO partner schools in KY for it…c’mon UK and UofL!

· Nashville Recruiter: There is currently a hiring process underway to hire a Regional Recruiter to be based in Nashville, TN. If you are recently returned and still have NCE, you can post your resume here. The Nashville Recruiter will be nearer to and therefore take over the southwest part of the state (Murray and Bowling Green).

· New territory update: From here on out, I’ll also be covering Southwest Ohio, including Cincinnati and Dayton. It will be exciting to visit new places, but I doubt they can beat Kentucky hospitality!

· Peace Corps at any age: This May, Peace Corps is celebrating Older Americans Month and its 55th birthday by reaching out to inspire the 50+ population to serve. A special event will be held on May 17th in Louisville with RPCV guest speakers Lettie Heer, Jordan Dye and John Shealy. Share this video with anyone over the age of 50 that you think would make a great Peace Corps Volunteer, or to find some inspiration to serve again!

· Kentucky PCVs by the numbers: I’ve attached a table showing information about PCVs from colleges and universities around the state in the last 3 years. You are all part of the great legacy of service in the state, and the best asset Peace Corps has to inspire others to serve. If you have ideas or suggestions on how to build up interest at certain schools or among certain groups, feel free to reach out to me!

· Recruiting future PCVs: If you haven’t had a chance to see what the new application process is about, check out these positions that we’re actively seeking candidates for. It’s similar to a hiring process for employment: we’re looking for the best people for the job and to represent America’s diversity in its many forms. Maybe you know the perfect person for the job! I’ll also be in touch about opportunities to help at recruitment events.

Thank you for your continued commitment to Peace Corps and happy Spring!

Angela Hamilton
Regional Recruiter (Kentucky/Indiana/Ohio)
RPCV, Dominican Republic 06-09; Response Guatemala 13-14

Midwest Peace Corps News!!!

News Clips 1.29.16 from Midwest Peace Corps regional office

Midwest Blog stories

How this Peace Corps applicant turned a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes’

Tori Jackson vividly remembers February 24th, 2015. It was the day she received notification that she was not selected for the Peace Corps, and her dreams were suddenly put on hold.

But 30 days was all it took for the Indianapolis native to turn the ‘no’ into a ‘yes’. The George Washington University graduate was determined to make her a dream a reality and spent a month revamping and improving her application. Her hard work paid off, and Tori will begin serving as a secondary English education teacher in Ecuador on Jan. 26.

Continue reading here.        

 

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg

“People join Peace Corps for many, many reasons. My reasoning for joining was really quite selfish. I was so turned to Peace Corps knowing it would allow me to experience the ups and downs of living in a foreign land, to learn a new language, and to really explore the caverns of my shifty mind.”

Continue reading here.

 

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

Peace Corps gave me the opportunity to get to know myself, practice my skills and better understand the world. It exposed the things that really matter: people, relationships, and appreciating every day. It transformed my whole attitude for life. Gone are the days of dragging myself out of bed to fall into a routine. Now that I’m back home, my life is all about embracing every day, pursuing challenges, and connecting with the people in my life.

Continue reading here.     

   

Columbus, Ind., native departs for Peace Corps Ecuador

The world is Tim Hofmeister’s classroom and for 27 months there are no boundaries that he will not cross. The Columbus, Ind., native will depart on Jan. 26 for Ecuador to begin training as a secondary education English teacher and will train the local English teachers on new instruction methodologies to implement in the classroom. He will also work with community groups to create need-based development projects for his community and facilitate youth life-skills classes and professional development workshops. A graduate of the Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich., he shares below how he was inspired to serve.

Continue reading here.        

 

RPCVs

MINNESOTA: Each day in Peace Corps brings a crazy adventure: The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love

Maggie Eisenbeis, 24, of Kasson, is slowly crossing off continent after continent that she has traveled to, but this journey is much more than something to cross off a list.

“She has the continents all marked up on the wall of her childhood room to cross out each continent as she goes there. She is working her way down the list,” said Maggie’s mother Pennie. Maggie’s father is Joe Eisenbeis.

Maggie is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia, in a province called Luapula, which is near the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Continue reading here.

 

Music with Motivation: RPCV helps fund an African refugee camp library

As a case manager for homeless youth, Ryan Hall chats with minors in homeless camps about all sorts of topics. Sometimes that includes popular rapper Young Thug.

“If I can connect with someone over music, it’s perfect,” Hall says. “It’s a good, non-threatening way to bridge connections.”

Hall does outreach through Lighthouse Youth Services, talking to homeless kids on the streets and getting a feel for their needs. He uses every opportunity he can to apply his love for music toward his equally strong love of social change.

Continue reading here.

WIU Peace Corps Fellow Will Serve As Intern In Hillsboro

The city of Hillsboro and Imagine Hillsboro will be getting some assistance from Peace Corps fellow and Western Illinois University graduate student Mary Fuller.

She will be serving an 11-month internship as she works with the city and Imagine Hillsboro on several projects related to community and economic development. These projects include volunteer management and community service, disaster preparedness, job creation and capacity building.

Continue reading here.

 

Bradford grad bound for Madagascar with Peace Corps

Jamie Cummings will soon leave everything he knows and travel more than 9,000 miles to work with the Malagasy.

Cummings, 25, of Kenosha, hopes to share his talents and skills in medicine with the people who can benefit from them most. He plans to live in Madagascar for more than two years as a member of the Peace Corps, a volunteer program providing technical assistance to people outside the U.S.

Continue reading here.

Peace Corps news

 

From Peace Corps Senegal: Managing Stock Levels with SMS Solution Aids Fight Against Malaria

In the fight against malaria, Senegal has been a leader in West Africa in testing new strategies and implementing innovative solutions that has resulted in a mark decrease in malaria burden. However, one issue constantly plaguing the efforts of program administrators and critically restricting the positive potential of these programs has been the struggle to manage stock levels and avoid stock outs of key materials. Without prophylactic drugs and bed nets, the most vulnerable populations cannot be protected from getting malaria. And without reliable access to medications, those who get malaria cannot be treated.

Continue reading here.

Peace Corps opens an office on the KSU campus

Kansas State University’s Office of International Programs, with cooperation from Career and Employment Services and the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension, announces the hiring of Becky Carnes as the new campus representative for the Peace Corps.

Continue reading here.

 

Peace Corps suspends El Salvador program as violence surges

The Peace Corps has suspended its half-century-old program in El Salvador, highlighting the violence that has wracked the Central American nation and helped propel a wave of migration to the United States.

Continue reading here.

 

McFarland native finding friendship, understanding during Peace Corps work

McFarland’s Bridget Norris has spent the last 18 months in western Africa where poverty is rampant, there is no running water or electricity, the infrastructure is underdeveloped, and there are gender disparities.

Continue reading here.

Exciting new changes for NPCA

NPCA is making exciting new changes to further carry out the Third Goal and promote our Peace Corps mission! Please read below an announcement by Glenn Blumhorst, President of NPCA:

“The National Peace Corps Association’s affiliate groups are the lifeblood of our community. Each one keeps our Peace Corps family connected, advocates on behalf of the Peace Corps and its volunteers, and carries out the Third Goal in its own unique way.  That’s why one of the NPCA’s goals is focused on enabling affiliate groups to thrive.

Your NPCA staff and Board of Directors approved new strategies – which I wanted to share with you before we begin rolling them out this week – to expand our community and to make it more robust, inclusive and diverse:

  • Going forward, membership in the NPCA will be complimentary for every member of the Peace Corps community – serving Peace Corps Volunteers, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, current Peace Corps staff, former Peace Corps staff, host country nationals and anyone who shares Peace Corps ideals, so long as we have accurate service and contact information. As of January 1, 2016, the dues required for NPCA membership are eliminated. We will continue to promote, collect and remit dues for affiliate groups.
  • This refreshed community engagement approach aligns with our launch of the boldest and most visionary initiative in the 36-year history of the NPCA: the Peace Corps Community Fund. Members will have the opportunity to support the Peace Corps community as Mission Partners through donations to the Community Fund.
  • NPCA is partnering with Publishing Concepts Inc (PCI) to produce the 2016 Peace Corps Community Directory. Please encourage your members to respond promptly to the postcards and emails requesting them to verify their contact and service information and share their photos and reflections. The print directory – and a searchable online version – will be published before Peace Corps Connect in Washington, DC next September, when we will honor Peace Corps’ 55th anniversary.

In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll be writing to fill you in on these exciting plans and how your group can be a part of them.  Meanwhile, I invite you to learn more about these initiatives in the Community section of the NPCA website.

Thank you for all you do as members of our Peace Corps Community.”

In service,

Glenn Blumhorst
President & CEO
RPCV Guatemala 1988-1991

RPCV’s making the news! Weekly local spotlight

Read below for stories about RPCV’s making positive changes in their hometown and beyond.  Compiled by the Peace Corps Midwest Regional office.

RPCVs
Illinois: VIDEO – Changing lives together through Illinois State’s Peace Corps MI program: https://stories.illinoisstate.edu/magazine/illinois-state/state-side/video-changing-lives-together-through-illinois-states-peace-corps-program/

MINNESOTA: Kyrgyzstan RPCV’s mother writes a book about her Peace Corps service: http://www.swnewsmedia.com/chaska_herald/half-a-world-a-way/article_0ebfac11-b83d-52e1-bfbd-c2ccdf52118b.html

SOUTH DAKOTAN: Ukraine RPCV earns recognition as first female commander for a South Dakota National Guard unit: http://www.yankton.net/community/article_fb993b04-5cec-11e5-9a3c-c3a075ee9e8f.html

MISSOURI: RPCVs recalling Peace Corps training in the U.S.:  http://kbia.org/post/thinking-out-loud-returned-peace-corps-volunteers-recall-1966-mu-and-three-creeks-training

Peace Corps Stories

Interview with RPCV who was first woman of color to go in space: http://fortune.com/2015/09/12/first-woman-of-color-in-space/

Why job candidates from Peace Corps, AmeriCorps are good for business – column by Peace Corps director: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-hesslerradelet/why-job-candidates-from-p_b_8148698.html

Midwest Blog Stories

MINNESOTA: Savage native begins Peace Corps service in Senegal: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/18/savage-minn-native-begins-peace-corps-service-in-senegal/

MICHIGAN: Berrien Springs native begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/16/berrien-springs-mich-resident-begins-peace-corps-service-in-mozambique/

MISSOURI: St. Louis native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/16/st-louis-native-begins-peace-corps-service-in-paraguay/

OHIO: Ohio native takes advantage of Peace Corps Master’s International Program: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/15/ohio-native-takes-advantage-of-the-peace-corps-masters-international-program/

MISSOURI: Peace Corps visits Lincoln University to find the next generation of international volunteers: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/14/peace-corps-visits-lincoln-university-to-find-the-next-generation-of-international-volunteers/

OHIO: Ohio native brings passion for agriculture to Peace Corps Paraguay: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/11/ohio-native-brings-passion-for-agriculture-to-peace-corps-paraguay/

 

New Peace Corps Pledge perfectly encapsulates vision and goals of service.

If you ever wondered what Peace Corps service was all about and what it means to us, read our new pledge written for the swearing-in of volunteers.  It was written by Meleia Egger, former RPCV to Malawi and current Peace Corps Third Goal Program Specialist.

The Peace Corps Pledge:

I, first, last name, promise to serve alongside the people of country of service.

I promise to share my culture with an open heart and open mind.

I promise to foster an understanding of the people of country of service with creativity, cultural sensitivity and respect.

I will face the challenges of service with patience, humility and determination.

I will embrace the mission of world peace and friendship for as long as I serve and beyond.

In the proud tradition of Peace Corps’ legacy and in the spirit of the Peace Corps family — past, present and future — I am a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Meleia Egger, RPCV Malawi, 2007-2009

Recap of Peace Corps Picnic 2015

This year, our picnic was at RPCV Don Stosberg’s farm in Frankfort.  We had 55 people in attendance and it was a blast!  Representing were volunteers from 21 countries: Costa Rica, Gabon, Ghana, Botswana, Dominica, Guinea, Ethiopia/Eritrea, Zaire, Senegal, Paraguay, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Rwanda, Tanzania, Micronesia, Cameroon, Liberia, Jordan, Nicaragua, and Bulgaria.  Local musicians Jeri Howell and Nat Colten provided entertainment and John Mark Hack of Marksbury Farms provided us with delicious local grilled meats.  There were also loads of homemade food, swimming and games.  We really hope you were able to come out and enjoy the day!

See below for some pictures of this year’s picnic.  If you have any more pictures you would like to share, email kypeacecorps@gmail.com.

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