Well after midnight on October 14, 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy arrived at the steps of the Michigan Union. Origin story: The Peace Corps begins here.
By James Tobin
President’s Letter: 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Now is a time to commit to building a legacy of inclusive peace.
By Glenn Blumhorst
Equality and justice. Empathy and compassion. Join National Peace Corps Association and support work guided by Peace Corps values.
Peace Corps teaches us a new way to think about time. Pandemic does, too. So what do we do with this?
By Steven Boyd Saum
Eight town halls and a global ideas summit to reimagine the Peace Corps for a changed world. What are the big ideas for the agency, the National Peace Corps Association, and the Peace Corps community going forward?
Views from around the world — and from returned Volunteers across the country who have served over the decades. An overview of the summit and town halls. And answers to how we connect Peace Corps to the uncertain future we’re making.
Introduction by Glenn Blumhorst
The view from Nepal: Returned Volunteers can instill a sense of a more enlightened America as part of, not apart from, a more just, peaceful, and prosperous world. Remarks from a diplomat, public policy expert, peace advocate, and former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF.
By Kul Chandra Gautam
The view from Guatemala: Think both of privileges Volunteers have and the ties that bind us — in history and humanity. Remarks from a film director and producer whose work helps audiences better understand people on the margins.
By Luis Argueta
The view from Kenya: We have learned from one another. And we need to learn to live with one another, respect one another, and work together. Remarks from a volunteer, philanthropist, humanitarian, and governor of the Red Cross in Kenya.
By Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said
Go back humble. And go back better. Address by the Director of the Peace Corps to the July 2020 global ideas summit: Peace Corps Connect to the Future
By Jody Olsen
A panel of evacuated Volunteers and one with half a century of experience in leadership examine what Peace Corps has meant to them — and what needs to change. The big question: How can we transform this moment?
Recruitment, support — and what next? It’s a conversation we’ve had again and again. Here are some ideas, insights, and hard truths. The Constituency for Africa convened a group of past, present, and future Peace Corps leaders.
The fire season was horrific. A wildland firefighter recounts what it was like to be on the line — in this, his first year.
By Colin McLaren as told to Steven Boyd Saum
A phone call and a lesson from Niger in the time of COVID
By William F.S. Miles
From her lab in western Montana, Elizabeth Fischer tries to help people see what they’re up against with SARS-CoV-2. Fischer is one of the country’s leading electron microscopists.
Images by Elizabeth Fischer | Words by Markian Hawryluk
At 2 a.m. on October 14 the Peace Corps community kicked off 60th anniversary celebrations. Put these dates on your calendar for 2021, including Peace Corps Connect July 29–31 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and online.
The first cohort of Volunteers is set to arrive in Viet Nam in mid-2022.
The Eastern Caribbean will be the first to welcome back Volunteers.
U.S. Commission on Fine Arts gives the green light. The commemorative will symbolize Peace Corps ideals, and it will have a home near the National Mall and the U.S. Capitol.
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan has become the first Puerto Rican college to be part of the Peace Corps Prep program for undergraduate students.
Is it an idea whose time has come?
“This is the time to do something bigger.” Netflix Founder and RPCV Reed Hastings and wife Patty Quillin announced this summer that they were giving $120 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
All in a dayy’s work for returned Volunteers Daniella DeLaRue and Ackeem Evans. A snapshot from Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, helping feed refugees and first responders.
At a time of great turmoil in our nation, NPCA has been working with with nonpartisan groups to foster free and fair elections, to encourage discussion and understanding across political divides, and to underscore the importance of national service.
In its ninth season, the story slam hosted by the New York City Peace Corps Association goes virtual. On deck for November 19: “Global Reentry: Evacuation Stories.”
Peace Corps News: Q&A with Senior Advisor Darlene Grant
Veteran social worker, scholar, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and Peace Corps Country Director: Darlene Grant on her task to help shape “a more just and equitable Peace Corps.”
NPCA News: Leaders in Humanitarian Work and Community Service
For nearly two decades he has partnered with Guatemalans to address injustices against indigenous peoples.
Recognizing contributions to community service by two groups founded by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Advocacy: Virtual District Meetings
When I was evacuated from serving with Peace Corps Mongolia, I didn't expect to wind up organizing meetings with my members of Congress. But this is our time.
By Daniel Lang
NPCA Affiliate Groups
Gratitude to the groups and individuals who have supported evacuated Volunteers and their communities around the world during this time of crisis
You have sustained connections and hope in an unprecedented time.
A Remembrance of John Lewis
By Jonathan Pearson
Third director of the Peace Corps, he led the agency through tumultuous times.
By Steven Boyd Saum
A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg — including through the eyes of her nephew Daniel Stiepleman, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and author of the screenplay “On the Basis of Sex.”
By Steven Boyd Saum
Early Country Director for Peace Corps, diplomat, and lifelong champion for civil rights
By Jonathan Pearson
Letters Fall 2020: WorldView Readers Write
We set aside the standard magazine playbook for our summer edition so we could capture dozens of stories from the global evacuation of Peace Corps Volunteers in March. We’re happy to bring back your comments — to continue the conversation. Letters welcome here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more thing.
We’ve got some learning and some work to do. That’s true for the Peace Corps community. For this nation. For this planet. Support Volunteers back in the states and in their ongoing work around the globe.
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