American TESOL Institute & World Wise Schools


World Wise Schools has matched up Peace Corps Volunteer Julia H. with American TESOL Institute for a two-year exchange of ideas, stories, pictures, and artifacts that help ATI students in the classroom learn about the people, geography, environment, and the culture of the world.

Hey ATI students! Mwa la la po? (how are you all in Oshiwambo, the local language). My name is Julie and I'm currently a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Namibia in Southern Africa and will be here for 2 years. I arrived in Namibia in August when I completed a two-month training program in a town called Okahandja. The training consisted of medical, safety, technical, cultural and language sessions from 8:30 to 5 everyday during the week and sometimes even on Saturdays! There were 45 Americans with us from all over the US since the beginning and we spent all that time together so you can imagine we all became pretty good friends. While in Okahandja, we all lived in different neighborhoods with host families so it was a really good introduction to Namibia and its people and culture.

After 8 weeks as Peace Corps trainees in Okahandja, we swore in as volunteers on October 16 and moved to our sites the next day! The volunteers in our group are spread out throughout the entire country and the majority of our group are English, Science, or Math teachers since we are all education volunteers (there are also health volunteers in Namibia). I am a bit of a special case because although technically I am lumped in with the education volunteers, I actually am not a teacher at a school. I am an ICT Volunteer (Information and Communications Technology) and am working at a community library at my site. Of our group, there are four ICT Volunteers and only two of us won't be at schools.

So now that you have the background, I can tell you a little bit about my site, which I have been at now for two weeks! I was placed in a small town called Omuthiya in Owamboland which consists of four regions in the Northern part of the country. Omuthiya was recently proclaimed a town and is definitely in the PROCESS of developing. I kind of feel like I have the best of both worlds here since I do have some of the amenities of a town but also live 4km off the main road (about an hour's walk) in a village. I definitely mean *some* amenities since there is no grocery store here and I have to travel 80km to my shopping town of Ondangwa to buy food! I am living on a traditional Owambo homestead with a host family who are really awesome. A homestead is a collection of huts and houses owned by one extended family and surrounded by a ton of land. My Meme and Tate (Mother & Father in Oshiwambo) are older and their kids are all grown and have moved away but there are several Namibian students (or learners, as they are called here) who live here and help out because of the homestead's proximity to local schools. Additionally, there are several farmers who also live and work here. I have my own little 4-room concrete house on the homestead and there is no electricity or running water. There is a water tap in a different section of the homestead so I am able to fetch water whenever I need it. A lot of other volunteers on homesteads have bucket showers and pit latrines but I am lucky enough to have a flush toilet and (cold!) shower which are both located in another little house on the homestead.

My job is still pretty new which means I'm still getting the hang of things and figuring things out but I'm really liking it so far. I am currently helping to open a new library in town which has included setting up a computer lab there, helping to move in furniture, facilitating setting up the internet, and organizing and shelving books. Organizing the books is what my days mostly consist of right now. It's very time consuming! I can't wait for the library to actually be open. I have lots of ideas for what I want to do there when community members start using it!

So that's a little snapshot of my life right now. It's all very new and exciting and I'm really liking it! Where are some of the places that you all will be teaching? What are some of your reasons for wanting to teach abroad?? I'd love to hear about you guys!! Feel free to e-mail with any questions - I'll do my best to answer you as quickly as I can. Talk to you soon!!


Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen visits Montenegro, Albania to launch new program

WASHINGTON ? Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen and Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pa?in signed a historic agreement May 6 establishing a new Peace Corps program in Montenegro, the agency?s 142nd country of service.

?Today?s signing is a testament to the close partnership between the United States and Montenegro,? said Director Olsen, who met with the deputy prime minister in the capital Podgorica. ?And it is a testament to our commitment to a common vision of a brighter future for Montenegro and its neighbors in the Western Balkans.?

Deputy Prime Minister Pa?in said the Peace Corps program in Montenegro is another confirmation of the partnership, support and friendship of the U.S. Government and American people to Montenegro and its citizens.

?We see the service of the U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in Montenegro as another opportunity for Montenegrin and U.S. citizens to enrich their lives and to create friendships based on mutual understanding and shared values,? he said.

The Government of Montenegro invited the Peace Corps to establish a program in the country in August 2018. The program will be managed by the existing Peace Corps post in neighboring Albania.

The first group of volunteers is scheduled to depart in January 2020. The new volunteers will undergo three months of technical, cross-cultural and language training before starting two years of service in small, under-served Montenegrin communities, working alongside Montenegrin English teachers in primary schools.

Prospective applicants can view open positions for Montenegro on the Peace Corps website.

Also this week, Director Olsen traveled to Tirana, Albania, to meet with Prime Minister Edi Rama and President Ilir Meta and sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education. Over the last 22 years, nearly 900 Peace Corps volunteers have taught in Albanian schools and worked with youth throughout the country.

Director Olsen?s visit to Tirana included a cookout with Peace Corps staff and volunteers and a close of service ceremony for 14 departing volunteers.

Publ.Date : Tue, 07 May 2019 15:21:05 +0000

Peace Corps announces 2019 top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Jeremy Butler, a Howard university graduate, serves as an agriculture volunteer in Tanzania.

WASHINGTON ? For the eighth year in a row, Howard University holds the No. 1 spot on the list of top Peace Corps volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). During 2018, Howard sent an impressive 20 alumni to serve in the Peace Corps?more graduates than it has sent since 2014.

Howard graduate Jeremy Butler currently serves as an agriculture volunteer in Tanzania.

?My time at Howard University took me on an unforgettable journey where I experienced many successes and a few pitfalls, but everything was worth it in the end,? said Butler, who grew up in Beltsville, Maryland. ?I believe that my service in the Peace Corps will mirror that of my Howard University experience. In the Peace Corps I have had many successes and a few obstacles to overcome, but I?m more than confident that, just like with Howard University, my Peace Corps journey will be worth it.?

The No. 2 spot on the top volunteer-producing HBCU list goes to Spelman College in Atlanta. Spelman sent 7 alumnae to serve as Peace Corps volunteers around the world in 2018.

?The Peace Corps is committed to recruiting and supporting individuals who reflect the rich diversity of the United States while they serve abroad as Peace Corps volunteers,? says Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. ?Historically Black Colleges and Universities are critical in fostering a spirit of community among their student body, and we are proud to recognize the HBCUs that strive to encourage public service.?

Morehouse College, also in Atlanta, claims third place on the top volunteer-producing HBCU list. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University ties with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for the No. 4 spot.

?I learned about the Peace Corps when I was in college,? said Florida A&M graduate and Peace Corps Philippines volunteer Kayla Valley. ?A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) came to talk to the students at my school about Peace Corps and about her experience. It was then that I learned that one of my professors was also an RPCV. Once I learned about Peace Corps and became determined that I would apply, I was meeting RPCVs left and right,? added the Atlanta native. ?Asking them to share their stories and experiences with Peace Corps only inspired me more and assured me that it would be an amazing and beneficial experience.?

Around 32% percent of Peace Corps volunteers self-report as racially or ethnically diverse, following the agency?s efforts to expand outreach to diverse communities across the United States. These efforts include increased engagement on HBCU campuses.

The Peace Corps seeks to bring unique cross-cultural perspectives to communities around the world. Recruiting and supporting a volunteer corps that represents the diversity of America remains a top priority.

Top 2019 Peace Corps volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities

1) Howard University - 20

2) Spelman College - 7

3) Morehouse College - 5

4) Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (tied) - 4

4) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (tied) - 4

Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Apr 2019 17:59:11 +0000

In Peace Corps? growing agriculture sector, volunteers work with small farmers to improve access to food

WASHINGTON - Peace Corps agriculture volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production, and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation. Over the 2018 fiscal year, 11,474 individuals in 14 countries received nutrition training from Peace Corps agriculture volunteers.

As recently as 2015, Peace Corps? agriculture sector accounted for just 5% of the volunteer population. Today, agriculture is Peace Corps? fourth largest sector, accounting for 9% of all volunteer positions.

?Volunteers who serve in the agriculture sector are a vital part of the work that this agency does,? says Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. ?Along with their dedicated host country partners, they are striving to address some of the most serious challenges that face rural communities around the world?including hunger, drought, nutrition deficiencies and natural resource depletion. I am very proud of the important work volunteers and their counterparts are doing, and I want to thank them for their willingness to share their expertise with others.?

Since 1961, over 22,900 Peace Corps volunteers have served in the agriculture sector, not including 683 agriculture volunteers currently serving in 15 countries around the world. Senegal boasts the largest Peace Corps agriculture program, with 81 individuals working with communities and small farmers in the small West African country.

Noah Nieting of Bloomington, Minnesota, is a currently serving agriculture volunteer in Benin. ?Its development approach is holistic in blending attention to the economic, environmental, nutritional, and technological dimensions of hunger and food security in poor communities,? Nieting says of his work. ?Improving food security requires a fight on all these fronts, which makes the sector both fulfilling to work in and effective as a change-maker.?

Volunteers are not only addressing food security and nutrition deficiencies, but also deforestation in their areas. With the assistance of 217 agriculture volunteers, 157,227 trees were planted and 2,149 new tree nurseries were created over the last fiscal year. Working alongside farmers, agriculture volunteers often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry and nutrition education into their community projects.

View open positions in the agriculture sector here.

Publ.Date : Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:27:54 +0000

Peace Corps Malawi reaches 10,604 community members with literacy-promoting activities
Peace Corps education volunteer Nan Boyle works with her form four student, Andrew Nyirongo, on D.E.A.R. Day.

WASHINGTON ? Recognized annually on April 12th, Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day is a national celebration of reading designed to remind people of all ages to make reading a priority in their lives. In many classrooms around the world, D.E.A.R. Day has transformed into a week-long or month-long event to promote reading, writing and public speaking.

This year, the 42 Peace Corps Malawi volunteers who hosted or participated in D.E.A.R. Day reached 10,604 community members with literacy-promoting activities, and were able to celebrate the day in a unique way.

Through an anonymous $20,000 donation from a returned volunteer, Peace Corps Malawi County Director Carol Spahn acquired 4,000 copies of ?The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition? for her post. The donation coincided with the release of a film by the same name by Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Both the book and movie focus on the life of young William Kamkwamba, a Malawian innovator, engineer and author who, despite dropping out of school due to a lack of tuition money, taught himself how to build a wind turbine out of scrap metal in order to bring power to his rural village.

Kamkwamba eventually found his way to the United States and is now a Dartmouth graduate. However, his academic beginnings started at a local Community Day Secondary School (C.D.S.S.) in Kasungu, Malawi. Today, Peace Corps volunteers in Malawi teach solely at C.D.S.S. schools, as they have been identified as the most under-resourced schools in the country.

By utilizing the anonymous donation, Spahn ensured that every education volunteer in Malawi received a classroom set of 40 books in time for D.E.A.R. Day, which has allowed their students to work on literacy and English language skills using a story with a familiar setting. At a C.D.S.S, where it is common for 10-20 students to share a single book during lessons, the classroom sets are proving to be helpful learning tools.

Wilford Profera, a form four student who is reading ?The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind? with his teacher, Peace Corps education volunteer Nan Boyle, said, ?It?s nice to see traditional practices from our community represented [in the novel].? Profera's peer, Janet Banda, added, ?I like it because it differentiates between Malawian culture in the past and in the present.?

Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:04:45 +0000

King of Lesotho: Peace Corps volunteers ?putting people first?
Peace Corps regional recruiter and returned volunteer from Lesotho Matt Merritt meets with King Letsie III after the king's remarks at Peace Corps headquarters.

WASHINGTON ? His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho delivered remarks at Peace Corps headquarters today, expressing his gratitude for the efforts of Peace Corps volunteers to improve the quality of life in their host communities and build mutual understanding between Americans and the people of Lesotho.

His Majesty praised the Peace Corps? approach to development, placing volunteers in villages around Lesotho for two years of service.

?This approach is one of putting people first that emphasizes the needs of the country and the need to learn about and respect the culture of the people,? said King Letsie III, who is the first guest invited to speak at the 2019 edition of the Peace Corps? Loret Miller Ruppe Speakers Series. ?The volunteers are always eager to immerse themselves in the culture of the Basotho people, often taking a Basotho name and learning the language. This knowledge can only contribute to greater mutual understanding and global peace.?

His Majesty is known for being an advocate for development, and has committed to firmly place nutrition and food security on both the African and global agenda. While at Peace Corps, he spoke of his interest in developing human capital?a population?s skills, education and capacity?throughout Africa.

In his remarks, King Letsie III noted that Peace Corps volunteers are also working to combat food insecurity in his home country: ?They are helping unlock the full potential of children who would otherwise be denied that by malnutrition.?

During a Q&A following the king?s address, Director Jody Olsen asked what Peace Corps volunteers bring back from their service.

?They know the culture, language and history of our people,? said King Letsie III, a longtime friend of the returned volunteer who founded the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative at Wittenberg University in Ohio. ?When they come back to the U.S., they are great ambassadors for Lesotho. They understand the challenges we face and often on their return they band together to help Basotho overcome those challenges.?

King Letsie III was joined at Peace Corps headquarters by several officials from the government of Lesotho, including Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Lesego Makgothi, Minister of Planning Tlohelang Aumane, and Ambassador to the U.S. Gabriel Sankatana, a former instructor with the Peace Corps Lesotho staff.

Also in attendance were Mary Ruppe Nash and Adele Ruppe, daughters of Loret Miller Ruppe.

The Loret Miller Ruppe Speakers Series honors the agency?s longest serving director and is a forum for world leaders to speak about issues related to the Peace Corps? mission, including volunteerism, public service, and international peace and development.

Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Apr 2019 19:58:53 +0000

Montenegro to welcome Peace Corps volunteers for first time in 2020

WASHINGTON ? The Peace Corps announced today plans to establish a new program in Montenegro focused on English education. Montenegro will represent the agency?s 142nd country of service and will be considered an extension of the existing Peace Corps post in Albania. The Government of Montenegro invited the Peace Corps to establish a program in the country in August 2018; the new program will open next year.

?The Peace Corps is proud to partner with the Government and people of Montenegro,? said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. ?This is a truly unique opportunity to support the development priorities of the Montenegrin people. The volunteers in the initial cohort will have the great privilege and responsibility of establishing the foundation of the Peace Corps in Montenegro.?

The first group of volunteers is scheduled to depart in January 2020. The new volunteers will undergo three months of comprehensive technical, cross-cultural and language training in Albania before starting two years of service in small, under-served Montenegrin communities.

The new cohort will serve as education volunteers in primary schools and co-teach with Montenegrin English teachers. The volunteers will also work with their teacher counterparts to engage young people in after-school clubs, educational camps and sports initiatives. Volunteers may also engage in secondary projects including economic development initiatives, agricultural and environmental projects, and more.

Prospective applicants can view open positions for Montenegro on the Peace Corps website as they consider the Peace Corps countries and programs that best meet their personal and professional goals.

Montenegro, formerly part of Yugoslavia, is located in southeastern Europe and became a sovereign nation in 2006. It shares a border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia, as well as Kosovo and Albania, which also have Peace Corps programs.

The Peace Corps is building on the success of the work it is doing in this region of the world and leveraging the strength of the current program in Albania to launch and manage this new effort in Montenegro.

Publ.Date : Fri, 29 Mar 2019 15:46:51 +0000

Peace Corps announces 2019 top volunteer-producing schools

WASHINGTON ? The University of Wisconsin-Madison boasts the No. 1 spot for large schools on Peace Corps? Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, with 75 volunteers serving around the world. For the third consecutive year, Wisconsin holds the coveted top spot, but Badgers beware: the University of Virginia Cavaliers are closing the gap, jumping from No. 15 to No. 2 in just two years. With 74 UVA alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the school slides into a close second place on this year?s rankings.

?We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,? said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. ?I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.?

The University of California ? Berkeley comes in at No. 11 on the large school list, but has sent over 3,500 alumni to Peace Corps service since 1961, more than any other school. Meanwhile, Arizona State University and The University of Arizona continue to duke it out in the desert. Currently 44 Sun Devils and 46 Wildcats are working in communities around the world with the Peace Corps.

The George Washington University sent 54 alumni to the international volunteer agency, landing it first place among all medium-sized schools. American University takes second place on the medium schools list for the second year in a row, and although Western Washington University was unranked last year, this year it has shot up to the No. 5 spot.

Pacific Lutheran University leaped from No. 22 to No. 5 on the list for small schools, and St. Lawrence and Macalester hold first and second place, respectively. Over the past three years, Hobart and William Smith Colleges consistently ranks in the top five volunteer-producing schools and rolls in at No. 3 in the small colleges category in 2019.

Among graduate schools, New York University went from being unranked for over a decade to holding the No. 6 spot in 2019. Although Tulane ranks third for medium-sized schools for undergraduate students, it secured the first place position among graduate schools.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2019 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

Large Colleges & Universities ? Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 Undergraduates

1) University of Wisconsin-Madison ? 75

2) University of Virginia ? 74

3) University of Minnesota ? 70

4) University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ? 63

5) Ohio State University - Columbus ? 62

5) University of Washington ? 62

5) University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill ? 62

Medium Colleges & Universities ? Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1) George Washington University ? 54

2) American University ? 51

3) Tulane University ? 44

4) College of William and Mary ? 40

5) Western Washington University ? 32

Small Colleges & Universities ? Total Volunteers:

Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

1) St. Lawrence University ? 20

2) Macalester College ? 19

3) Hobart and William Smith Colleges ? 16

4) University of Redlands ? 15

5) Pacific Lutheran University ? 14

Graduate Schools ? Total Volunteers:

1) Tulane University ? 20

2) University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ? 18

3) University of South Florida ? 16

4) American University ?15

4) University of Denver ? 15

6) George Washington University ? 14

6) New York University ? 14

Historical, Since 1961 ? Total Volunteers:

1) University of California - Berkeley ? 3,685

2) University of Wisconsin - Madison ? 3,299

3) University of Washington ? 3,041

4) University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ? 2,734

5) University of Colorado - Boulder ? 2,512

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2018 data as of September 30, 2018, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:08:49 +0000

State Department forum explores ?Lasting Value of Peace Corps Service?

WASHINGTON ? Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen joined returned Peace Corps volunteers and members of the diplomatic community March 12 for a forum at the State Department entitled ?The Lasting Value of Peace Corps Service.?

Hosted by the State Department employee affinity group Returned Peace Corps Volunteers @ State, the event was held in the Dean Acheson Auditorium and livestreamed for staff at U.S. embassies around the world.

The roundtable conversation and Q&A focused on how Peace Corps service shapes the personal and professional lives of returned volunteers.

?Serving in a rural area, being the only American that hundreds of people will ever meet?that is a really powerful thing,? said Emily Armitage, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria before joining the State Department.

Armitage recalled visiting with the people of her village in the months before Bulgaria entered the European Union and how valuable it was to be able to listen to their concerns and hear about their hopes for the future of their country.

?Take every opportunity that?s offered to you as a volunteer,? said Armitage, sharing guidance she offers to undergraduate students who are considering the Peace Corps. ?We will never have that same opportunity to integrate.?

Asked about skills he developed during his time as a volunteer in Cameroon, State Department employee John Underriner cited the resiliency and resourcefulness he discovered while facing challenges far away from home and family.

Those experiences have stayed with him throughout his career, he said. ?You needed to develop different ways to do things, different ways to communicate: cross-cultural, language, and non-verbal communication,? said Underriner.

Katherine Harris, also a member of the State Department staff, talked about how she stays in touch with the people she lived and worked with as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic via the apps on her cell phone.

She said hearing from her friends and neighbors in the Caribbean, and their children, enriches her life here in Washington: ?They reach out to me just to update me on their daily lives?it?s a connection that can never break.?

Director Olsen expressed her gratitude to the State Department for its continued support for Peace Corps programming and its recognition of the many contributions made by the more than 235,000 returned volunteers across the U.S.

?All of you believed in the power of volunteers to reach out to people at the local level,? said Olsen. ?Thank you for the commitment to a lifetime of service that all of you have made.?

This week?s event was the first in what the agency hopes will be a series of conversations with returned volunteers from across the country to gain insights on the impact of Peace Corps service on their lives.

Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:42:58 +0000

Peace Corps Director discusses importance of women?s empowerment on International Women?s Day

WASHINGTON ? Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen spoke yesterday, March 7, about the Peace Corps? role in the Women?s Global Development and Prosperity initiative (W-GDP) and the importance of expanding economic opportunities for women worldwide at an event held in recognition of International Women?s Day at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

?With this initiative, we are able to celebrate the enormous number of projects volunteers have that are empowering women to do more to strengthen their communities,? said Director Olsen of W-GDP. ?It?s about helping them have a voice and helping them develop their own skills. One of the most important things I think we can give women is a voice to have the power to engage in their communities economically.?

Last night?s event is part of the Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series initiative that brings together women leaders in foreign policy, national security, international business and international development. The discussion was moderated by Nina Easton, a journalist and senior associate at CSIS.

Launched in February by President Donald J. Trump and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, W-GDP is an effort to promote global women?s economic empowerment through the work of the U.S. government and in concert with local and national partners around the world.

The Peace Corps has helped to advance women?s empowerment as a pillar of development for over 58 years ? recognizing that expanding opportunities for women transforms their futures and their communities. In 2017, more than 230,000 women participated in economic empowerment initiatives led by Peace Corps volunteers.

As part of the Peace Corps? commitment to supporting W-GDP, the agency will increase small-grant funding to specific Peace Corps volunteer projects eligible to receive funding from the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP). The new W-GDP fund will go directly to supporting community-initiated, volunteer-led projects in countries around the world.

Click here to read more about how Peace Corps volunteer projects are helping to empower women worldwide. Watch Director Olsen's full remarks at CSIS here.

Publ.Date : Fri, 08 Mar 2019 15:03:51 +0000

Peace Corps celebrates 58 years during Peace Corps Week

WASHINGTON ? Every year, Peace Corps Week memorializes PresidentJohn F. Kennedy?s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, andcelebrates the many ways the agency makes a positive impact incommunities around the world. Throughout the week, the Peace Corps communitywill participate in events that celebrate and recognize its 58th birthday. Thisyear, Peace Corps Week will run from Feb. 24 to March 2.

?Peace Corps Week is an opportunity to pause and reflect on thegreat work that volunteers, both currently serving and returned, do in theircommunities at home and abroad,? says Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. ?I wouldlike to personally thank each and every member of the Peace Corps community fortheir dedication to service, their passion for peace, and their willingness toengage in cross-cultural exchange. Your work does not go unnoticed, and thisweek is to celebrate you.?

In the lead up to Peace Corps Week, the Peace Corps launched itsannual video challenge that asks current and returned volunteers to submitfilms focused on a particular theme. The 2019 theme is "A day in the life"and aims to show what a dayin the life of a volunteer, host family member, counterpart or community memberlooks like around the world. The video contest challenges volunteers andreturned volunteers to support the Third Goal of Peace Corps, which is topromote a better understanding among Americans of foreign cultures and peoples.

Over 20 Peace Corps Week events are taking place across thecountry from Feb. 24 to March 1. Activities include discussion panels withreturned volunteers, structured diversity dialogs, recruitment events, storiesfrom the field and film screenings. Returned volunteers participating in theseevents will share photos, music, culture and stories from their countries ofservice with those who are interested.

In addition to Peace Corps Week events, there are severalactivities returned volunteers can participate in to commemorate theestablishment of Peace Corps, such as hosting festivals, speaking about theirservice at local schools or writing blog posts. For a full list of suggestedactivities, visit the Peace Corps Week page.

Publ.Date : Mon, 25 Feb 2019 13:42:45 +0000