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WorldView | Return to Service

Spring-Summer 2022


It’s a hopeful time for the Peace Corps community, as Volunteers return to service overseas — and we’re close to passing the most sweeping Peace Corps legislation in a generation. But as we show in a series of stories from and about Ukraine, it’s a time when the very existence of that nation is being threatened.


Here’s Where Peace Corps Volunteers Have Returned to Service

Two dozen countries have welcomed them back. And some fifty countries have issued invitations for Volunteers to return.

By Steven Boyd Saum


The Campaign to Pass the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act

Following on big news from the Senate, let’s ensure that Congress passes the most sweeping Peace Corps legislation in a generation.

By Jonathan Pearson



A Little Relief: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

At last, some good news for the Peace Corps community on Public Service Loan Forgiveness

By Katie McSheffrey





Volunteers Arrive in Ghana: 1961 and 2022

Start with the big historic moment, there on the left: August 1961, the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana — the first country to welcome Volunteers on the ground. On the right, mark the historic return: July 2022, the first group of Volunteers to return to service in Ghana touch down in Accra. It had been more than two years since all Volunteers were brought home because of COVID-19. The 13 Volunteers arriving here will work alongside partners in junior high schools and schools for the deaf, health centers, and farming communities — also partnering with efforts to provide COVID-19 education and access to vaccinations.

Left: Historical photo courtesy Peace Corps. Right: Current photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Ghana.


Everything Will Be Ukraine


Unfinished Business | From the Editor

Hopeful work, as Volunteers return to serve alongside communities overseas. And crucial work to ensure Ukraine survives

By Steven Boyd Saum


Bucha Was Home

A place where I lived and taught — with colleagues and students and a family, people who cared about me and I about them. Then the war came

By Sonia Scherr


Everything Will Be Ukraine!

More than 3,400 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Ukraine. Here are a few ways they have sought to help the communities they served as Russian rockets fly and bombs fall across the country.

By Raisa Alstodt and Natalia Joseph



What We Mean by Friendship

With the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Friends of Moldova has stepped in to provide crucial support to thousands of refugees

By David Jarmul



Ukraine Stories

A platform for citizen journalists, volunteers, and those working to deepen understanding of the war and efforts to help refugees. 

By Clary Estes






Intimate and Lyrical Poetry by Ukrainian Poet Natalka Bilotserkivets. Her Work Has a New Resonance and Urgency.

Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow By Natalka Bilotserkivets. Translated from the Ukrainian by Ali Kinsella and Dzvinia Orlowsky

Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum


Lines of Joy and Memory, Death and Rebirth

DEMO | Poems | By Charlie Smith

Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum




Sketches in Words and Images — and an Invitation to Dine with His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I

Poetry Sketches: A Peace Corps Memoir By Eldon Katter

Reviewed by Kathleen Coskran




“The Peace Corps is one of the most impactful volunteer humanitarian forces in the world, transforming lives and forging international understanding. Its Volunteers represent the best qualities of American society and reflect the diversity of the American people.”

     —U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

on June 23, upon introduction of the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022
in the Senate — legislation which he co-sponsored.




Afghanistan: For an Educator, a Journey Back to a Time of Peace

Afghanistan at a Time of Peace | By Robin Varnum

Reviewed by Jordan Simmons




Two Years in Afghanistan with the Peace Corps for Parents. And Two Deployments in Afghanistan for their Son.

A Few Minor Adjustments | Two Years in Afghanistan: A Peace Corps Odyssey | By Elana Hohl

Reviewed by Jordan Simmons



A Study of Land, the State, and War in Afghanistan Raises Some Big Questions. For Starters, Could It All Have Gone Differently?

Land, The State, and War: Property Institutions and Political Order in Afghanistan | By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Ilia Murtazashvili

Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum




A Biography of Writer Michael Gold Traces an Anti-Democratic Thread in American Life

Michael Gold: The People’s Writer | By Patrick Chura

Reviewed by Marnie Mueller 



The Swan Song that Truman Capote Did Not Intend to Write

Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era By Laurence Leamer

Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum





Ten Hidden Heroes

A Conversation with Mark K. Shriver and WorldView editor Steven Boyd Saum. Shriver’s book for young readers, in collaboration with illustrator Laura Watson, aims to help children develop counting skills while learning ways to make the world a better place.



His Family Fled the Nazis. In Ecuador, He Grows up Changing Names and Identities to Navigate an Uncertain Fate.

The Boy with Four Names | By Doris Rubenstein

Reviewed by Nathalie Vadnais



Giving Voice to Refugees: Firsthand Accounts from Children and Teenagers — Some Many Years Later

Finding Refuge: Real-Life Immigration Stories from Young People | By Victorya Rouse

Reviewed by Nathalie Vadnais





Andy Warhol’s Cats, a Floating Subway Map, and More NYC Delights

Art Hiding in New York: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Secret Masterpieces | By Lori Zimmer. Illustrated by Maria Krasinski

Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum

‘A Virtual Explosion of Colors, Textures, and Life’

Coral Reef Curiosities: Intrigue, Deception and Wonder on the Reef and Beyond | By Chuck Weikert

Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum




News and Updates


Senate Committee Advances Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022

Less than a month after its introduction, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advance major legislation — with broad, bipartisan support — to further reform and improve the Peace Corps.

By Jonathan Pearson


Carol Spahn Has Been Nominated to Serve as Peace Corps Director. Read Our Letter of Support — and Take Action.

In June, National Peace Corps Association sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee supporting Carol Spahn’s nomination to serve as the 21st Director of the Peace Corps. Here’s what we said. 

By Jonathan Pearson


Peace Corps Closes Post in Myanmar

Instability, unrest, and armed conflict led the agency to make the announcement in April. 

By NPCA Staff




NPCA Hosts Annual General Membership Meeting September 24

This year National Peace Corps Association is not hosting a Peace Corps Connect conference. But here’s where you can connect virtually with members of the Peace Corps community: the NPCA Annual General Membership Meeting on September 24, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern. Hear a report on key achievements and initiatives and more. More info and register here. 



People and Ideas


Meet the Members of the Peace Corps Community Recognized with the 2022 JFK Service Award

Every five years, Peace Corps presents the John F. Kennedy Service Awards to honor members of the Peace Corps network whose contributions go above and beyond. Here are the 2022 awardees. 

By NPCA Staff


Tales of Cartography

Mapmaking with fabrics and dances and sloths

By Nathalie Vadnais 




Peace Corps Posters: In Portland, Oregon, ArtReach Gallery and the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience Host an Exhibit Spanning Six Decades

Posting Peace in Portland: Peace Corps Posters 1961–2022

By NPCA Staff


Objects and Stories: Museum of the Peace Corps Experience

With a growing collection of first-hand narratives, the museum connects people, places, and objects. Those all connect us — across nations and generations.

By David Arnold  



Silver and Saddles

“My Tuareg silverwork reminds me of the hidden beauty amid the vast arid scrubland of the Nigerien Sahel,” writes author Cathy Sunshine.




Interior Design Colony: A Small Group of Volunteers will Finish the House of Urnebes in Serbia

An RPCV with a commitment to cross-cultural collaboration secures volunteers to help renovate and design House of Urnebes in Serbia. It’s meant to be a permanent gathering space where artists can meet in an atmosphere of creative free expression.

Gina Larson talks with Associate Editor of Global Stories Tiffany James


In Memoriam


Congressional Leadership and Bipartisanship: Remembering Senator Johnny Isakson

Bipartisanship is “a state of being,” said Johnny Isakson

By Catherine Gardner



Madame Secretary: A Remembrance of Madeleine Albright

In her childhood, her family fled tyranny — twice. She went on to become the first woman to serve as secretary of state of the United States.

By Steven Boyd Saum



The House of Yes: Remembering Paul Farmer

He founded Partners in Health and dedicated decades to focus on healing the poorest and the sickest in a dozen countries. 

By Catherine Gardner



Lifting Every Voice: William Robertson

He was the first Black American to serve as an aide to a Virginia governor. He went on to serve five U.S. presidents and lead Peace Corps posts as country director.

By Catherine Gardner



Scholar and Human Rights Activist: Jan Knippers Black

Jan Knippers Black (1940–2021) wrote the definitive book on U.S. interference in post-colonial Brazil. And she was invited to play piano with Elvis Presley’s Band. 

By Catherine Gardner



He Helped Inspire the Peace Corps, Then Became a Volunteer: Douglas Kelley

He was committed to international cooperation and civil rights.

By Catherine Gardner



Juliane Heyman Escaped the Holocaust and Became the First Woman to Serve as a Peace Corps Training Officer.

She was always ready to face any challenge and saw her experiences as testaments to learning how to understand different people and perspectives.

By Catherine Gardner



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