Press Release: National Peace Corps Association to Hold First Annual Gathering in Minneapolis
Washington, DC — May 15th, 2012 — Event expected to draw former Peace Corps Volunteers from around the country – The National Peace Corps Association, the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, announced today it will hold its first annual gathering, Peace Corps Connect: Minneapolis, June 29 – July 1, 2012, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Roughly 500 eventgoers are expected to attend to engage in a dialogue about international development, participate in various career-training workshops and network with other former Volunteers and supporters of the Peace Corps.
“No matter where you served, Peace Corps Volunteers have certain experiences in common,” said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association. “This get-together will allow all of us to share those experiences and discuss what we can do next to bring the world back home. It’s also an excellent opportunity for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are looking for the next step in their career to network with people who appreciate their talents and value their experience.”
Attendees at the event will meet in small groups for break-out sessions on such topics as starting a nonprofit, getting ahead in business and recent changes in international development. In addition, smaller member groups will hold meetings at the event, and board members who were elected by the association’s members will be available to meet with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The exhibit hall at the convention center will highlight Peace Corps entrepreneurs
and their businesses, and include job recruiting agencies, member group tables and more.
“The Peace Corps can be a solitary experience,” added Quigley. “But we’ve found over the years that when former Volunteers get together, they almost always“click.” This gathering will help those who served to build relationships and get even more out of their Peace Corps experience.”
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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