Huge Reunions Planned for Honduras and Niger RPCVs and Staff
By Kelly Reid on Thursday, June 13th, 2013
The National Peace Corps Association loves to hear about Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) reunions! Peace Corps is an intense experience in every sense of the word, and the bonds that form among Volunteers and to their country of service endure long after the Volunteers return to the United States. As a result, groups of RPCVs often plan reunions to meet up and enjoy each others company, retelling stories their time spent abroad and catching up on the changes that have taken place in their lives.
Unfortunately, we often receive word of the get-togethers a little too late to be of assistance – many are “off the grid” and not connected in any way to NPCA or even to our member groups. From our perspective, this is a missed opportunity, because reunions are an occasion for tracking down “missing” members of our community — which we think is important.
Two RPCV groups, though — Niger and Honduras — have upcoming reunions that are sure to be a blast! By letting the NPCA know about their reunions early, they were able to take advantage of this opportunity to help spread the word to members across the nation and get more RPCVs involved in the good friends and fun activities that are sure to come! (The events calendar on the NPCA Online Community is another useful tool for letting others know about a reunion you’re planning.)
On July 25-28th there will be a RPCV Niger reunion at “Marley Farm,” hosted by two RPCVs, Joe and Sharon Marley. Boat rides on the Mississippi River, a night time softball game, and even a barn dance are all planned for this terrific weekend! Of course, there will also be a great deal of time for attendees to mix, mingle, remember their time of service and catch up on what has been happening since they all made the trip overseas. For more information, check out the RPCV Niger reunion webpage, where you can find info on registering to attend, see who is going, view an itinerary for the weekend, and even a check out a menu!
A reunion for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff of Honduras will be held in Colorado from October 11 to 14, 2013. It will begin in Denver on Friday night, followed by two nights at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. The YMCA is at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Between the snow-capped peaks, fall leaf colors and wildlife viewings, October is a spectacular time of year there.
The main purpose for the reunion is to allow people to reconnect with friends and acquaintances from their days in Honduras, and every effort is being made to ensure there is ample opportunity to do that in both large group and small group venues. For the most part, the schedule will be open so people can mix and mingle and take in the surroundings. Reunion activities will start with restaurant dining and Latin dancing on Friday night, followed by a special banquet at the YMCA Saturday evening. On Sunday, a guided tour into the Park is being offered and a couple of workshops are planned.
Through a concerted investigative effort, over 3,000 people who served in Honduras have been identified and invited to the reunion. Interest in this event has been enormous. Even though it is still several months away, almost 500 people have already signed up to attend, and that number is expected to increase significantly based on early indications of interest. For planning purposes and to ensure an adequate number of rooms are available, the reunion committee urges those who plan to attend to get their reservations made soon, particularly at the YMCA.
Information on the reunion can be found at www.peacecorpshondurasreunion2013.com. Transportation to Estes Park and hotel rooms in Denver and at the YMCA can be reserved through this site and for issues or questions, there is a contact form. Via the website, you can also link to the reunion Facebook page, “Peace Corps Honduras Reunion 2013/Colorado”.
The National Peace Corps Association is always looking for more ways to keep you connected to your Peace Corps roots, and RPCV reunions are a great way to stay in touch. Ever wonder what your fellow Volunteers have been doing since their time spent serving in the Peace Corps? Take action, start planning a reunion for your group or country, and get together with old friends to hear about their lives and how RPCVs are continuing to “bring the world home!”