RPCV Global Village is Accepting Applications for 2020 “Service Vacations”

Join RPCVs for a week (or more) from January to April in Immokalee, Florida to serve the immigrant farm-worker community

Service vacations with RPCV Global Village allow RPCVs a chance to continue their commitment to service, while enjoying the company of other Peace Corps Volunteers.

A new non-profit is bringing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to Immokalee, Florida this winter to serve the local farm-worker population in a variety of programs. RPCV Global Village was started by Greg “Goyo” Plimpton, a veteran Peace Corps and PC Response Volunteer, who served for seven years in Peru and Panama. After surveying many of his RPCV alumni, Plimpton found a strong desire to serve, but for much shorter terms than the typical 2-year Peace Corps service. With the help and encouragement of his former Country Director, Sanjay Mathur and others, the idea for RPCV Global Village was born.

From January through April of 2020, RPCVs will fly or drive to SW Florida, at their expense, and serve in any of the following programs: teaching english to adults, building/teaching community gardens, assisting at a local nature center, teaching simple accounting and family budgeting, nutrition, planting trees, light construction, assist at local health clinics, food banks and soup kitchens. Food, housing, and transportation will be provided during their one week (or longer) stay. Housing in Immokalee will be dormitory style, with a few semi-private spaces for couples. Volunteers will be asked to make a small donation to defray expenses and help with kitchen chores.

“All of our community partners in Immokalee are excited about having the language and technical skills, plus 2 years of field experience, that we bring.”, says Plimpton. He added, “This gives volunteers the opportunity to renew their commitment to being of service, making a real difference in the local community, while enjoying the company of other returned Peace Corps volunteers, in sunny Southwest Florida.” In their spare time, volunteers will be able to visit local parks, nature preserves, and beaches. Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Details and an online application form can be found at www.rpcvglobalvillage.org or apply directly at https://rpcvglobalvillage.wufoo.com/forms/m15eymmo16bvty0/

Questions? Contact Greg Plimpton at greg@rpcvglobalvillage.org.