Press Release: 50th Anniversary Regional Expo Held in San Diego to Showcase Peace Corps Programs
Washington, DC — June 7th, 2011 — One of nine events across the country to highlight five decades of service
The Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Peace Corps community, announced today an Around the World Expo will be held in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, June 11. This expo is one of nine regional events nationwide to highlight the contributions of Peace Corps volunteers and celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary.
“Our goal is to highlight the accomplishments of the Peace Corps over the last 50 years while inspiring the next generation of volunteers,” said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association (Thailand, 1976-79). “These expos will be a way for people who have only heard about the Peace Corps to come see it up close.”
A collaborative effort between NPCA, the Peace Corps and local member groups, the expos provide an opportunity for the general public and RPCVs to celebrate the countries where Peace Corps Volunteers have served. Attendees will be able to hear firsthand from former Volunteers about their experiences and projects around the world. Peace Corps and NPCA staff members will be on hand to answer questions on various recruitment and education initiatives.
The expos are timed to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s creation of the Peace Corps in 1961. Free and open to the public, they are aimed at people interested in volunteering and RPCVs seeking to reconnect with former colleagues.
The expo in San Diego will be held on June 11 starting at 11 a.m. at the Balboa Park Club at 2144 Pan American Road W. Scheduled speakers include Robert Robinson, regional manager, Peace Corps Regional Recruitment Office, Los Angeles, Calif.; NPCA President Kevin Quigley (Thailand 1976-1979) and Sharon Kennedy (Thailand 1989-1991), president, San Diego Peace Corps Association.
“The anniversary expos provide an opportunity for everyone to get a hands-on experience through story-telling and demonstrations,” adds Quigley. “In essence, we’ll be bringing the world home to help inspire a new generation of volunteers.”
To learn more about the expos, visit: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/peace-corps-50th-anniversary/50thexpos/
About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
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