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Winter 2023


The arrival of a new year also began a new era. As Volunteers return to service around the world, the first Volunteers in Viet Nam were part of a swearing-in ceremony in Ha Noi to close out 2022. And in January, Carol Spahn was sworn in as the new Peace Corps Director.


Peace Corps Volunteers Begin Service in Viet Nam

The end of the year began a new era — with a swearing-in ceremony in Ha Noi with Director Carol Spahn.

By Steven Boyd Saum



Volunteers Have Returned to Service in Some Four Dozen Countries

Peace Corps Is Back

By Steven Boyd Saum



Carol Spahn Sworn in as Peace Corps Director

She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December and in January officially sworn into office.

By Steven Boyd Saum





Peace Corps Is Back

Here’s where Volunteers returned to service in 2022–23 and where they have been invited to return.

Annotation by Pamela Fogg and Steven Boyd Saum


The Peace Corps Reauthorization Act: Why It Didn’t Pass in 2022 — and Why That Matters


The Future that Almost Was

The Peace Corps Reauthorization Act was the most sweeping legislation in a generation. It passed the House and was on the verge of success in the Senate when the clock ran out. Here’s why that matters.

By Jonathan Pearson, Joel Rubin, and Steven Boyd Saum



Posting Peace


Peace Corps Posters 1961–2022

This exhibition by ArtReach Gallery and the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience does more than trace marketing materials for the agency. In images and words, it explores how we think about and talk about the idea of peace itself. And how we make it.

Introduction by W. Sheldon Hurst


News and Updates


President’s Letter: Helping the Peace Corps Be Its Best

As we celebrate Volunteers returning to service in dozens of countries, we pay tribute to a leader here at NPCA who made a difference at a critical time for the Peace Corps community.

By Dan Baker



Be Good, Be Kind, and Be Lucky | From the Editor

Parting advice from a writer and friend

By Steven Boyd Saum




Coming Together in a Time of Crisis

The 2022 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service honors three groups that have worked together to support the people of Ukraine.




Women of Peace Corps Legacy Honor Jaynice Del Rosario and Theresa P. Castillo 

Meet the winners of the Kate Raftery Emerging Leader Award and the Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award.



A New Fellowship for Global Peacebuilders

A scholarship named in honor of NPCA President Emeritus Chic Dambach.

By Steven Boyd Saum




Marking a Place in History

Many of the first Volunteers began training on a campus in Brattleboro, Vermont, which is home to the School for International Training. Now there’s a marker honoring that legacy.




IRAN: Protests, Repression, and Hope

From an essay by the editor of the Peace Corps Iran Association Advocacy Bulletin

By Paul Barker





Mapping a Life

A Life Unimagined: The Rewards of Mission-Driven Service in the Peace Corps and Beyond | By Aaron S. Williams

Aaron Williams went from a childhood on Chicago’s segregated South Side to leading the Peace Corps. A review of and excerpt from his memoir.



Travels and Ghosts

The 2022 Peace Corps Writers Awards: the people’s writer, love and marriage spats in Kazakhstan, mountain gorillas in Rwanda, a C-section by flashlight in Paraguay, and an epic journey by bicycle.

By John Coyne, Marnie Mueller, Clifford Garstang, and Steven Boyd Saum



An Accidental Stumble

Peace Corps Writer of the Year Award: Tom Bissell

By Steven Boyd Saum




People and Ideas


Leading USAID in West Africa

Jo Lesser-Oltheten is sworn in by USAID Administrator Samantha Power, who says, “In Jo, we have both a regional expert and an inspiring leader.”

By NPCA Staff



Reporting on Ukraine

Sabra Ayres is chief correspondent for the Associated Press in Ukraine. And Christopher Miller has moved from Politico to the Financial Times.




In Memoriam


Painting with Her Own Paint

A Remembrance of Patricia Cloherty

By Steven Boyd Saum




Care and a Moral Compass: Remembering Mary Broude

She was the epitome of a global citizen.

By NPCA Staff




From Wall Street to Guinea: Remembering Harris Bostic II

In San Francisco, he went on to support the work with hundreds of nonprofit organizations.

By Steven Boyd Saum




A Lifetime Journey Together: Stephen Reid and Djseswende Pasto Reid

From Senegal to Burkina Faso to New Hampshire




Creating Educational Opportunities in Kenya: Remembering Brad Broder

He sought to ensure that school fees wouldn’t be a barrier to youth.





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WorldView magazine brings you stories from and about the greater Peace Corps community, with connections to the wider world. We feature news, profiles, commentary and analysis, politics, arts, and ideas with a global perspective. We publish quarterly in print, with digital features throughout the year.


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Steven Boyd Saum is editor of WorldView. For more than two decades he has edited award-winning magazines in the San Francisco Bay Area. His journalism, essays, and fiction have appeared in OrionThe BelieverCreative NonfictionThe Kenyon ReviewChristian Science Monitor, on KQED FM, and in other magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and internationally. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where he also directed the Fulbright program and hosted a radio show. Send a letter to the editor:



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