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WorldView Spring 2020

Words and Deeds, May 2020

A letter to readers from the new editor of WorldView amid unprecedented times.
By Steven Boyd Saum
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Climate Change in the Pacific


Islands in Peril

Climate change and Pacific nations trying to save themselves.
By Mike Tidwell
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On the Front Lines

Fiji and Beyond: a MacArthur Fellow takes stock of climate change loss and damage — and immediate solutions. By Stacy Jupiter
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Writ on Water

Tonga: Lessons and memories, hopes and fears.
By Siotame Drew Havea
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Dengue Fever Blues

The Marshall Islands: Climate change and healthcare.
By Jack Niedenthal
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Day Begins Here

Kiribati: Land is tied to identity. But the land is vanishing.
By Michael Roman
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Full Circle

In the wake of a devastating natural disaster, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers mobilized. And the nonprofit Friends of Tonga was formed.
By Michael Hassett
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Earth, Wind, and Firing the Imagination


Tilting with Windmills

RPCV Michael Skelly’s grand vision to build a massive power pipeline for clean energy.
By Russell Gold
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Earth Day at 50

RPCV Bryce Hamilton helped launch the whole endeavor.
By Kate Schachter
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Peace Corps in the American Conversation

The documentary “A Towering Task” tells a story more urgent than ever — and opens in theaters in May.
By Alana DeJoseph
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The Magazine. Generosity. A New Generation. 


An Editorial Giant

After more than 20 years, we bid farewell to David Arnold and welcome WorldView’s new editor, Steven Saum.
By Glenn Blumhorst
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Shaping Three Worlds

How WorldView pieces together our experiences — history and reflections from longtime editor David Arnold
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Gold in Peace

A conversation with Kenneth Syring about Peace Corps in Mongolia and work as a crime scene investigator with the San Francisco PD.
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40 Under 40

A new generation of RPCV leaders.
By William Burriss
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Flashback 1984: Travels in China

A photo gallery from U.S. Counsel in Wuhan Jamie Fouss
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Global News. Peace Corps’ Independence. Teachers. Letters.

China Farewell and Other Developments In the Peace Corps Community

Updates on all that is happening for the Peace Corps Community as of Spring 2020
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Keep Peace Corps Independent

A Senate bill would make Peace Corps part of the State Department. Ten former Peace Corps directors write why that’s a terrible idea.
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World-Class Teachers

Thirty years of connecting Peace Corps Volunteers, educators, and classrooms
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WorldView Readers Write

Your letters: Zambia and micro-finance, required reading, oral histories 
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About WorldView

WorldView magazine serves the greater Peace Corps community with news, comment, the arts, politics, and commerce of the cultures of the larger world. Each issue gives voice to Peace Corps Volunteers as they serve, to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are still dedicated to global service, and to everyone who wants to make the world a better place.           

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We welcome proposals or completed article submissions that:

Share recent experiences with human development issues in communities where Peace Corps Volunteers serve
Highlight how returned Volunteers continue to make a difference in the U.S. and around the world
Examine aspects of Peace Corps or Peace Corps' social impact

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About the Editor

Steven Boyd Saum came on board as editor of WorldView in January 2020. For more than two decades he has edited award-winning magazines in the San Francisco Bay Area, earning national recognition for writing, design, photography, illustration, and overall excellence. His journalism, essays, and fiction have appeared in OrionThe BelieverCreative NonfictionThe Kenyon ReviewChristian Science Monitor, on KQED FM, and other magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and internationally.

Steven is a native of the Chicago area and has lived on both U.S. coasts and in the South, with a good part of the 1990s spent in Central and Eastern Europe—starting with his Peace Corps service in Ukraine (1994-1996) as an assistant professor at Lesya Ukrainka East European National University. He also hosted a radio show and directed the Fulbright program and other academic exchanges for the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. He has lived and worked in the Czech Republic, and he serves as a consular officer for the Czech Honorary Consulate General in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He has served on the board of the Northern California Peace Corps Association, appeared on panels representing returned Volunteers, and regularly serves as an election observer with the OSCE.

Steven studied English and philosophy at Emory University and writing at Johns Hopkins. He speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, German, and some Slovak. He was a three-time champion on Jeopardy! and has it on good authority that hieroglyphics is not a language. You can reach him at

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What Our Readers Are Saying

“I would like to thank you for all of the amazing work you put into WorldView  magazine. Reading it gives me a great feeling of solidarity with other Volunteers and RPCVs around the world and always serves to remind me that I’m part of something very special, and something that is much bigger than I am.”

Anna Waterfield (Tanzania 2012-2014)


“I have read WorldView for years now and it was FABULOUS to get at post. It’s important to know someone, somewhere out there is doing what you are doing, with a twist, and that’s what keeps volunteers serving and communities asking for more….this publication really does make a difference.”

Rachael Miller (Benin 2006-2008)

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