Spotlight on RPCV Member Group Mentoring
By Guest Contributor on Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Helping newly returned Peace Corps Volunteers transition to life back in the U.S. is a central part of the National Peace Corps Association’s (NPCA) mission, and Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCal) is just one of many Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) groups matching mentees and mentors through the NPCA RPCV Mentoring program. Learn more and sign up at mentoring.peacecorpsconnect.org.
By Will Spargur (Swaziland 1992-95), President, Northern California Peace Corps Association
In the winter of 2005 I stepped off a train into a very cold night in Springfield, Illinois. In just 48 hours I went from an African summer surrounded by a large, warm community to the freezing Midwest. A stranger in a town I had never lived in.
Returned Volunteers know that coming home can be just as stressful as leaving. That’s why NorCal Mentoring Directors, Martha Stein and Madeline Wu have working hard to match mentors and mentees. But still many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and prospective volunteers don’t even know that the program exists so to raise awareness about this valuable resource, Martha and Madeline have organized a mentoring workshop at the San Francisco Public Library on May 18th. The goal is to raise awareness of the program, provide information about what the program offers and give potential mentors and mentees a chance to meet each other in person.
To learn more about this event and RSVP visit the NorCal Website at http://norcalpca.org/newcontent.cfm?id_con=168
Saturday, May 18th, 2-4 p.m.
San Francisco Main Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms A & B.
100 Larkin St, San Francisco
(Grove Street entrance at Market Street – Civic Center BART/MUNI stop)