Press Release: National Peace Corps Association Brings World Back Home Through Expo in Providence
Washington, DC — August 31st, 2012 — The Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association, the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Peace Corps community, will host the Third Goal Expo: Building Global Communities in Providence, RI, on Sept. 22 to showcase the Peace Corps experience. One of four expos taking place this summer across the country, the event is being held with the help of the Rhode Island Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The event is free and open to the public.
“Everyone is welcome to join us at the Third Goal Expos,” said Anne Baker, vice president of the National Peace Corps Association, who will attend the event in Providence. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a formal member of the Peace Corps community or just an interested citizen, we’ll have something for you. And we’ve put a lot of attention into things that will help educators as well.”
The Third Goal Expos are designed to promote the third part of the Peace Corps’ mission: bringing the world back home. They include information and exhibits about countries where Peace Corps volunteers have served as well as discussions about the experiences and projects of individual volunteers.
The Providence expo will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center at One Sabin Street. Leo I. Higdon, Jr. (Malawi 1968-1970), president of Connecticut College, will serve as the keynote speaker. Other notable guests include Director of the Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services Eileen Conoboy (Mali 1995-1997), Vice President of the National Peace Corps Association Anne Baker (Fiji 1985-87) and Board Member of the Rhode Island Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Pam Rubinoff (Thailand 1982-1985).
The expo will feature the Peace Corps’ Speakers Match, Correspondence Match and Coverdell World Wise Schools programs and will showcase ways that educators and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers can share the Peace Corps experience in the classroom and in the community.
“If there’s one thing every Peace Corps volunteer brings back with them, it’s the stories,” added Baker. “No matter where they served, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have a lot of interesting things to tell about their time overseas. For teachers, especially, they can be a great resource.”
To learn more about the Providence expo, visit: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/expos/providence
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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