RPCVs Urge Peace Corps’ Return to Bolivia
By Erica Burman on Monday, May 10th, 2010
As Peace Corps begins its return – after long absences – to Indonesia and Sierra Leone, the more recent 2008 departure from Bolivia is the subject of an advocacy effort by an independent group of RPCVs who served there.
One hundred Bolivia RPCVs – representing different years of service, regions of service and assignments – have written to Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams asking that volunteers return to the Andean nation. Follow this link to read the letter.
One of those RPCVs, Robert Norman (2007 – 2008), has also been collecting letters from Bolivian citizens asking for Peace Corps to return. “The overwhelming response we have received inside Bolivia as well as from within the USA has been an amazing testament to the fact that our countries have a deeply established desire to share in the continuation of the Peace Corps.”
The letter to the director notes that other volunteer organizations continue to operate in Bolivia.
The Bolivia RPCVs have posted a site on Facebook for those who are interested in learning more or getting involved in this effort.