Event Details

NPCA is excited to host the 2018 annual gathering of the Peace Corps community - Peace Corps Connect - in partnership with The Shawnee Institute with this year's theme: 

"The Science of Health and Wellness"

Date: August 23rd - August 25th, 2018

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

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


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 one other passenger.  Please, include the names of anyone who has already registered and needs a refund! We will follow-up with a discount code that can be used on any conference 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.

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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 To date, more than 600 interviews have been archived.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.


Volunteer at Shawnee and save! 

Volunteers are needed to make this year's conference a success! Deeply discounted tickets are available for those willing to share some of their time while at Shawnee to help with conference proceedings.  Please email: npca@peacecorpsconnect.org and include the subject line, "PCC Shawnee Volunteer, <<Your Name>>."  We'll reach out soon with available shifts!"

Conference Program Schedule Overview:


Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Conference Kick-Off!

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Plan to arrive at your leisure, check into your room and take in some fresh air of the Poconos mountains. The afternoon will feature outdoor activities, exhibits and a welcome reception on the riverfront. Enjoy food trucks, cash bar and live music!


Friday, August 24, 2018 

Conference Plenary and Workshop Sessions 

8:30 am - 5:30 pm 

This year's conference theme - The Health and Wellbeing of our Global Community - will include a variety of workshops and activities. Featured speakers will include the Peace Corps Director, the Global Citizen Award Winner, and experts in the science of wellbeing.  

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award Reception

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Join the Peace Corps community in celebrating the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner, a global leader who was influenced by the Peace Corps and who has gone on to significantly impact his or her host country. Light hors d'oeuvre, beer and wine will be served.

2018 Wofford Award Winner-Kul Chandra Gautam
Former Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF

National Peace Corps Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 HarrisWofford Global Citizen Award is Kul Chandra Gautam of Nepal. 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 the 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 the National Peace Corps Association.


Saturday, August 25, 2018 

Community Content and Conference Workshops

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Workshops, trainings, and other group activities will be lead by community members and NPCA Staff. Outdoor activities and exhibits will be the feature of the day. 

Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

 The Annual meeting of NPCA Affiliate Group leaders.

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: 





Discounted on-site room rates are being provided by Shawnee, PA at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort for conference attendees by calling:

Any you interested in sharing a double room or other accommodation arrangements who would like to connect other attendees are asked to call Shawnee Inn.  From there, you will be added to a list of all attendees who have requested to be matched for double rooms on a first come first serve basis. 

Resort Amenities:

A full-service spa and salon (Spa Shawnee, indoor pool with jacuzzi, 18 hole golf course, Turndown service, WiFi in all guest rooms, business center with computers and printer. An indoor game room with ping pong, pool, board games. On site fitness center, on-site walking/jogging/running trails, nearby hiking trails, nearby attractions,  lobby coffee shop, The Gem & KeyStone BrewPub, The Buckwood Café,  and more…



Nearby lodging options in East Stroudsburg, PA include the following: 

Pocono Palace Resort, Bushkill Inn and Conference Center, Staybridge Suites, Days Inn, Quality Inn, & Value Inn. 

(NPCA has no partnership or package deals with these lodging providers)


Interested in camping? 


Here are the three closest camping places…


Foxwood Family Campground

Address400 Mt Nebo Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Phone(570) 421-1424


Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA Holiday

Address227 Hollow Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302

Phone(570) 223-8000


Mountain Vista Campground

Address415 Taylor Dr, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Phone(570) 223-0111





*Cancellations & Refunds: 

NPCA is not responsible for any refunds or issues or lost items related to any lodging and accommodations. 

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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23 Aug 2018 @ 7:00am EDT
25 Aug 2018 @ 5:00pm EDT

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  • Shawnee Institute, Shawnee on Delaware, PA

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

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