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Become a Full Community Member of the National Peace Corps Association
What does it mean to be a “member” of the National Peace Corps Association? Creating a profile on the Social Network above is a good first step in becoming a part of the largest Peace Corps Community in the world. We couldn’t manage all of the above programs throughout this website without those of you who support us with your membership in the National Peace Corps Association.
Your membership dues help to ensure that we bring you the programs, services, and connections that contribute to your next step in changing the world. Not to mention, your $35 membership ensures that the legacy of the Peace Corps remains strong, vital, and funded as an American initiative for world peace. As a member, you’ll receive a WorldView magazine subscription and much more.
Still serving the Peace Corps? Good news! All serving Peace Corps volunteers receive free membership, however you must sign up to make it official. Did you catch that? If you are serving, you get FREE membership. Also, because the National Peace Corps Association believes it’s so important to keep the community connected, we offer all RPCV’s complimentary membership the first time they join. What are you waiting for?
Thank you so much for your membership and your support!
Looking for friends? Mentors? Book clubs? Tour guides? NPCA’s Online Community is the place online for you to find others who’ve been a part of Peace Corps. Ask people questions about Peace Corps service, learn more about a Peace Corps project or area, post events, and find info on various post-Peace Corps topics like medical issues or internships. With over 26,000 participants, you’re bound to find kindred spirits among them. Go on, take an easy risk – write a blog post, join a group, share a photo, find other people who speak your language and share your history.
When has someone ever told you that tripping was a good idea? Well, now, it is! The National Peace Corps Association has partnered with Tripping.com to bring our members a custom, modern, online hospitality network (Hos-Net, as some of you recall, was the previous version that got a bit too heavy to carry in a backpack). Tripping is a social travel site that connects travelers with local people for tips, shared cups of coffee and homestays in over 175 countries. This super cool company aligns with the Peace Corps goals of valuing friendships and learning about different cultures and experiences. WHY on earth would you stay in a hotel when you can get more out of the travel experience by staying with a LOCAL who just happens to be an RPCV? Be a host, or contact a host. Share your stories. You can make a contribution to the Tripping community while carrying out the Third Goal of the Peace Corps!
Couchsurfing with a stranger no longer your cup of tea? Don’t worry! You can find clean and affordable rental accommodations through the network, too!
“Tripping is a strong community because – at its core – are people who genuinely care about making the world a better place through cultural exchange. Trippers tend to do good things for each other simply because that’s a good thing to do. (Call it karma, old fashioned hospitality or whatever you like.)”
Imagine a world where the universe of 250,000+ RPCVs and staff members are located in one place and where listings like the old paper directory (gasp!) can be easily searched online. We can create this world with your help. NPCA added over 3,900 individuals to the community over the 50th Anniversary year in 2011 and many of our member groups now have incredible lists. To carry this momentum forward, the NPCA would like to identify an additional 10,000 RPCVs by September 22, 2012 and have all RPCVs identified by 2016.
No need to reveal your Peace Corps secrets, but filling out some basic information will help us to capture the breadth of this community of volunteers.
Please visit the In Memoriam group on NPCA’s Online Community to share news of Peace Corps Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are no longer with us.
Since the Peace Corps began in 1961, nearly 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 countries. Of these dedicated men and women, 278 have sacrificed not only their energies and time, but also their lives while pursuing the Peace Corps mission. The Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers Memorial Project was created by Donna and Chelsea Mack to honor and celebrate their lives and service.
RPCVs are entrepreneurial! Read about the business pursuits of RPCVs, and their products and services. Know of an RPCV business? Add it to the comments section. We also encourage employers to hire RPCVs–and can give you 10 reasons why it’s a great idea!
We know that you probably have a few questions. Well, we have answers. Be sure to check here to find out more: Frequently Asked Questions