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Schedule of Events

As of July 6, 2018 - Subject to change

 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

10:00 AM: ON-SITE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPENS

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: WELCOME RECEPTION & CONFERENCE KICK-OFF

*Sponsored by Water Charity, featuring special musical guest Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary! 

 

Friday, August 24, 2018

6:00 AM - BREAKFAST

9:00 AM - 11:30 PM: OPENING CONFERENCE PLENARY

11:30 PM - 1:00 PM: DDEDICATED EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: PLATED KEYNOTE LUNCH 

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM: POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY WORKSHOPS 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: COMMUNITY CONTENT WORKSHOPS

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM:  HARRIS WOFFORD AWARD RECEPTION

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:  HARRIS WOFFORD AWARD DINNER

 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

6:00 AM - BREAKFAST OPENS

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: COMMUNITY CONTENT WORKSHOPS

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM: DIRECTORS PANEL AND AWARD CEREMONIES

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: DEDICATED EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: NPCA AFFILIATE GROUP NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING

 

Breakdown

 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

 

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM:

Conference Registration and Special Activities Sign-ups 

This year, our partnership with Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort will allow you to explore the Poconos like never before! Attendees are encouraged to pre-register during conference check-in for outdoor activities being made specially available for this year’s conference by the Shawnee Inn. Sign-up to explore the Poconos with guided hiking tours, archery, or enjoy relaxing boat rides on the Delaware River.  You may even take time to hit the golf course at Shawnee and much more!  

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM:

Kickoff reception on the Delaware River!

This year’s kickoff reception will set the tone for our timely call to recharge using the science of health and wellness as we prepare to address the issues affecting Peace Corps community's shared global mission.  

Sponsored by Water Charity, this year's reception will feature special musical guest Peter Yarrow of the 1960's folk band Peter, Paul and Mary! 

 

 

 Friday, August 24, 2018 

6:00 AM - BREAKFAST OPENS

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: OPENING CONFERENCE PLENARY

11:30 PM - 1:00 PM: DEDICATED EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: PLATED KEYNOTE LUNCH 

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM: POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY WORKSHOPS 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: COMMUNITY CONTENT WORKSHOPS

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM:  HARRIS WOFFORD AWARD RECEPTION

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:  HARRIS WOFFORD AWARD DINNER

6:00 AM:

Breakfast Buffet at Shawnee 

This full buffet is included for guests staying a the Shawnee Inn and available for purchase to conference attendees staying off-site.

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM:

Opening Conference Plenary (Subject to Change)

NPCA Annual General Membership Meeting: Reports by the NPCA Chair, Treasurer and President 

Women of Peace Corps Legacy, Deborah Harding Award Ceremony

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award Ceremony 

Special Guest Speakers:

Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) will be recognized for his stalwart support of the Peace Corps as a member of the House Appropriations Committee from 2011-18. 

Mandy Manning (RPCV Armenia 1999-2001), 2018 National Teacher of the Year

Kul Chandra Gautam, former Assistant Secretary General of the UN.

11:30 PM - 1:00 PM:

Dedicated Exhibitor Hours 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM:

Plated Lunch (Keynote speaker: Henry Edwards)

Henry is an author, speaker, trainer, and educator who promotes resilience and optimism by infusing positive psychology into teaching and learning. He is on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program, and the New School of Northern Virginia.

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM: 

The Health and Wellbeing of our Global Community Workshops.  

SESSION HOSTS: Henry Edwards, Julia Pool, Sophia Kokores (Guest hosts from the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Shawnee Institute). 

The Power of Story: Narrative as a Source of Well-Being

Research demonstrates that people with a clear idea of the narrative arc of their life are happier and healthier. This sense of self-embedded in-story is called narrative identity. In this session, participants will examine narratives in their own lives and find and tell new stories to enhance well-being. This interactive workshop will involve writing, sharing stories, and discovering redemptive narratives in our lives.

Burn-in to Your Mission, Not Out: Mindset as a Source of Well-Being

Studies show that we can learn to be more optimistic, make choices to manage our energy levels, and tweak our sense of self-efficacy. In other words, we can buffer ourselves against burnout.  Burnout prevention is cultivated through daily habits and thoughts that strengthen our dispositions. This session will help participants make big and small changes in behaviors, habits, and routines to sustain impact.

Spot Your Strengths: Values as a Source of Well-Being 

Many of us know our shortcomings, what we don't like doing, and our pet peeves. We tend to spend less time spotting our strengths and cultivating ourselves from an asset-based perspective. During this session, we will explore a list of universal values and use it to describe our personal values. From there we will practice positive introductions and discuss the underuse and overuse of our strengths to support greater self-awareness, impact, and well-being. 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Content Workshops

Media Training for Global Advocacy 

SESSION HOST: Jonathon Pearson (NPCA Director of Advocacy) & Mike Kiernan

You're concerned about a particular global issue and want to express your opinion. How about sharing your views with thousands of others? For the past few months, media specialist Mike Kiernan has been assisting the Peace Corps Iran Association and Peace Corps Community for Refugees on efforts to bring the respected voices of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to the policy debate through the media. This workshop will review the efforts to date, explore success stories and obstacles, and give you an opportunity to take media action on these or other global issues that are the focus of your concern.

Super Mentors: Enhancing RPCV Career Support and Advanced Employer Engagement Tools

SESSION HOST: Peace Corps Office of Third Goal & Returned Volunteer Services

In this session, we will share how RPCVs can supercharge their mentoring skills as it relates to career support of returning PCVs.  Through interactive discussions, we will demonstrate how to effectively assist RPCVs, translate their service into their job search, and initiate new ways to link employers with RPCVs.

Growing Your Inner Leader 

SESSION HOST: Douglas Teschner  

Quality leadership is vital to all enterprises: work, community building, advocacy, and health and wellness among them. Yet, many people fail to appreciate their own leadership potential and the steps they can take to grow as leaders.  This interactive workshop will highlight positive leadership traits and introduce ways for participants to assess their leadership strengths and grow their personal leadership style.

Learn How You Can Help Preserve the Peace Corps Legacy through the RPCV Oral History Project

SESSION HOSTS: Evelyn Ganzglass and Patricia Wand

Once you are interviewed for the RPCV Oral History Project and receive a brief orientation, you too can become an interviewer and help build a comprehensive collection of firsthand narratives by those who have served. The oral history interviews reside inside John F. Kennedy Library. We are eager to expand the number of interviewers throughout the country and conduct interviews in conjunction with city, state, and country affiliate meetings. Interviewers can devote as much or as little time as they want to this activity.

RPCVs Take Action on the Environment 

SESSION HOSTS: Brady Fergusson, Avery Michaelson, Lila Holzman, and Kate Schachter

This session will discuss the critical issue of climate change, its impact on the planet and human health and well-being, what is being done about it, and how the RPCV community can be part of the solution. 

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award Reception 

Join the Peace Corps community in celebrating the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner. Light hors-d'oeuvre, beer, and wine will be served on the veranda at Shawnee overlooking the Delaware River.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award Dinner

Kul Chandra Gautam of Nepal is this year's awardee. The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award honors an outstanding global leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served, whose life was influenced by Peace Corps, and whose career contributed significantly to their nation and the world in ways that reflect shared values in human dignity and economic, social, and political development. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a global leader by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

Saturday, August 25, 2018

6:00 AM - BREAKFAST OPENS

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: COMMUNITY CONTENT WORKSHOPS

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM: DIRECTORS PANEL AND AWARD CEREMONIES 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: DEDICATED EXHIBITOR HOUR

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: NPCA AFFILIATE GROUP NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING

6:00 AM:

Breakfast Buffet at Shawnee 

This full buffet is included for guests staying a the Shawnee Inn and available for purchase to conference attendees staying off-site.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM:

Community Content Workshops

Media Training for Global Advocacy 

SESSION HOST: Jonathon Pearson (NPCA Director of Advocacy) & Mike Kiernan

You're concerned about a particular global issue and want to express your opinion. How about sharing your views with thousands of others? For the past few months, media specialist Mike Kiernan has been assisting the Peace Corps Iran Association and Peace Corps Community for Refugees on efforts to bring the respected voices of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to the policy debate through the media. This workshop will review the efforts to date, explore success stories and obstacles, and give you an opportunity to take media action on these or other global issues that are the focus of your concern.

Balanced Personal Renewal During Challenging Times

SESSION HOST: Sara Jones

What helps us create meaningful impact in the world—especially during trying times? What helps us live more fulfilled lives? One key: balanced personal renewal. Based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, regular renewal helps us stop the cycle of endless busyness, prioritize what really matters, and live with more clarity, spaciousness, and joy. In this practical session, explore what physical, mental, spiritual, and social renewal mean to you personally, and leave with a plan to incorporate them into your daily life.

Tapping Into Peace: Transforming Stress and Pain

SESSION HOST: Margaret "Maggie" Hankamp 

Learn a research-based complementary alternative health method that lessens your stress and pain. 'Tapping' is also known as EFT or 'emotional freedom technique'. Facilitated by Margaret "Maggie" Hankamp: a New York Lawyer, a retired Library Director, a Reiki master, a licensed massage therapist and an energy coach. She taught this method as a PCV in Ukraine 2010-2012 and Comoros 2015, and returns to former sites to continue this connection and help. You will also teach this method during this experiential workshop.

Panel discussion with Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience

SESSION HOSTS: Nicola Dino and Pat Wand 

The Museum of the Peace Corps Experience is becoming a reality.  A virtual reality. And soon it will be a brick and mortar reality. Founded in 1999 by a group of returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Portland OR, the effort took off nationally with the Peace Corps 55th Anniversary in 2016.  Now 13 RPCVs from across the Americas work on the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience to grow the idea, the website, the stories, the collections, and the funding to support it all. Come to learn about how you can be involved in this unique effort to preserve and promote the Peace Corps legacy.

Hitting the Fun Target: Refining Your Peace Corps Story to Fit Your Audience

SESSION HOST: Peace Corps Office of Third Goal & Returned Volunteer Services

In this session, we will introduce RPCVs to the best practices for engaging learners of all age groups. Through facilitated discussion and scenarios, we will teach participants how to use existing resources and apply new resources to best share their Peace Corps experience. We will learn from each other and have fun along the way!

Partnership Projects with Peace Corps Response

Partnership Projects with Peace Corps Response- sharing information about unique and innovative Peace Corps Response partnership projects (both past projects and ongoing partnerships with opportunities for attendees to be involved in the future). A range of different projects and partnerships will be presented, but with a focus on those that relate to health and wellness.

10:15 AM - 12:00 AM:

Directors Panel Discussions

Jody Olsen, current serving Director of the Peace Corps and Carolyn "Carrie" Hessler Radelet, former Director of the Peace Corps, will join Glenn Blumhorst and others to discuss the current state of the Peace Corps.

NPCA Awards Ceremonies 

Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service

Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service

12:00 AM - 1:00 PM: 

Dedicated Exhibitor Hour 

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM:

NPCA Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting

 

NPCA is excited to host the 2018 annual gathering of the Peace Corps community - Peace Corps Connect - in partnership with The Shawnee Institute.

Date: August 23rd - August 25th, 2018

Location: Shawnee, PA at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort 

(100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania 18356)

About this year's theme on Positive Psychology and the Peace Corps:

Positive psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing. Unlike traditional psychology, which focused on healing mental illness, positive psychology aims to build emotional and mental assets, including optimism, positive emotions, character strengths, resilience, positive relationships, and meaning in life. Positive psychology research has found that happiness, character strengths, and positive relationships cushion many of life's challenges. Optimism and resilience can be learned, and while difficult experiences can be traumatic, more often they lead to "post-traumatic growth." Meaning in life is as much created as it is found, and crafting a positive life narrative increases well-being. We will be focusing on how this topic can transform the experience of volunteers during service and beyond.

For those looking to make the most out of this experience with leading thinkers in the field of Positive Psychology, take the VIA Character Strengths survey before attending www.viacharacter.org. This will be featured in this year's workshops on Positive Psychology.

 

Friends of Nigeria is having its annual meeting in conjunction with the Peace Corps Connect meeting in the Poconos.

The meeting is Thursday, August 23rd in the Water Gap Country Club, Delaware Water Gap, PA. For more information on our event, check out friendsofnigeria.org/Meetings.

Join the Museum project’s “Artifacts Roadshow”!

The Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience (CMPCE) will accept your artifacts for consideration to be included in the collection.  Memorabilia, souvenirs and artifacts must have been attained during your Peace Corps service and have cultural significance.

You may bring items to Peace Corps Connect in Shawnee, August 23 – 25, 3018.  CMPCE will present a program on Saturday, August 25 at 8:45 am. You can find us at our table in the exhibit area.  Come by with your Peace Corps treasure.

You may always submit descriptions of items for consideration online at www.museumofthepeacecorpsexperience.org

For more information, email us at: peacecorpsmuseum@gmail.com

Visit us on FaceBook at:   Museum of the Peace Corps Experience

Come build with us.  Together we will preserve the legacy of Peace Corps Service.

Save by sharing a ride to Shawnee? 

If you find another person to share a ride with to Shawnee for this year's conference, NPCA will provide a 10% discount! All you must do is email events@peacecorpsconnect.org with the name of the driver and at least two other passengers to qualify (minimum 3 to a car.).  We will follow-up with a discount code that can be used on any conference registration for PCC Shawnee. This discount may not able to be retroactively applied for those who have already paid for registration. 

Help us make Peace Corps Connect a Carbon Neutral event. 

Use UCapture when booking your travel, and a portion goes to qualified environmental projects!  Click here to learn how it works and join this great climate change solution.

Sign up to tell us your stories about “the toughest job you ever loved”.

A volunteer RPCV interviewer of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project will be on site at the at this year’s conference to conduct in-depth oral history interviews of interested RPCVs and staff. This is your opportunity to talk about your unique experiences in training and in-country and reflect on the impact your service and Peace Corps in-general has had on you, your host country and the United States. Interviews average 60 to 90 minutes.

Each interview is archived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as part of the National Archives and Records Administration and is accessible online to researchers and the general public. To date, more than 600 interviews have been archived. Plans are underway to broaden the reach of oral histories through podcasts and social media.

Once you’re interviewed and receive a brief orientation, you, too, can become an interviewer and help build a comprehensive collection of firsthand narratives by those who have served. We are eager to expand the number of interviewers throughout the country and conduct interviews in conjunction with city and state, and country affiliate meetings. Interviewers can devote as much or as little time as they want to this activity.

 

 

Open Call For Conference Exhibitors!

 

 

NPCA is proud to offer the opportunity to purchase Exhibitor booth ticket packages at this year's Peace Corps Connect Conference in Shawnee, PA. All potential exhibitors interested in connecting their activities, programs, and organizations to the Peace Corps community are welcome to register immediately. Space is limited, so register today!

Set-up will begin Thursday, August 23rd at 1:00 pm and exhibits will close Saturday, afternoon by 1:00 pm, August 25th.  Exhibitors will be placed in and around the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort and in a dedicated Exhibitor Hall, to showcase their organizations and display their wares throughout the duration of the conference this year. More details on pricing and Exhibitor packages are available at the link below: 

 

 PRICING & REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE

 

 

This year's conference is being hosted at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.

At this time, all rooms at the resort are booked for the conference.  For other accommodations in the area, you may visit these helpful link:

 

6 Miles or Less

 

Staybridge Suites East Stroudsburg - Poconos

Quality Inn - East Stroudsburg

Econo Lodge

Pocono Palace Resort

Hampton Inn Stroudsburg / Poconos

Stroudsmoor Country Inn

 

6 - 12 Miles Away

 

Holiday Inn Express Stroudsburg - Poconos

Fairfield Inn & Suites Stroudsburg Bartonsville/Poconos

Hampton Inn & Suites Stroudsburg Bartonsville

Bushkill Inn & Conference Center

 

Please note, lodging and other accommodations are NOT included in this year's conference registration price.

 

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Full Conference (Regular) 30 Sep 2018 $295.00
Senior (65+) Full Conference 30 Sep 2018 $270.00
Young Professional (30 & under) Full Conference 30 Sep 2018 $195.00
Recently Returned RPCV (2-years since service) Full Conference 31 Aug 2018 $95.00
Single Day (Friday or Saturday) 25 Aug 2018 $150.00
Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting 25 Aug 2018 Free
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Cancellation Policy for Conference Tickets

In the event you need to cancel your registration, NPCA is able to provide refunds for full ticket purchases only at the following rates:

  • 80% before May 31
  • 50% before June 30
  • 20% before July 31
  • No refunds can be issued after July 31st.

(NPCA is not responsible for hotel bookings and refunds.)


 


Help us make Peace Corps Connect a Carbon Neutral event

Use UCapture when booking your travel, and a portion goes to qualified environmental projects!  Click here to learn how it works and join this great climate change solution.