Dear Peace Corps community,
I am honored to step into the role of Program Director for NPCA’s Global Reentry program. Like so many of us, following my 4+ years of Peace Corps service (Bolivia 1999-2002, Timor-Leste 2002-2003), I distinctly remember the feeling of uncertainty and loss of community that accompanied my return to the United States. As an APCD, Director of Programming & Training and in other roles at Peace Corps HQ, I tried hard to prepare COSing Volunteers and evacuees with information and connections that would help them navigate this difficult process. Therefore, I am excited to be a part of a program that is designed to do just that.
First of all, to many of you, welcome home! Over my years working internationally, I have heard more times than I can count the reassuring words of “welcome home” as the Customs and Border Protection officer returns my passport to me. No matter how far I traveled or how hard the assignment, or how long I waited in the passport control line, I have always appreciated the recognition that I was coming home. But repatriation is a uniquely emotional and personal process for returning Peace Corps Volunteers, even under the best of circumstances, and one that is best supported through the closeness and compassion of our fellow RPCVs.
Dan Baker with Timor-Leste health extension counterpart, 2003
Global Reentry aims to facilitate and connect returned Volunteers with the resources they need for continued success. Whether you were recently evacuated, COS’d in the last couple of years, or finished your service decades ago, the purpose of NPCA’s Global Reentry program is to welcome you home with the assurance that we’re here for you. We recognize the sacrifice and accomplishments of every Peace Corps Volunteer, and the strengths and assets that you offer well beyond your assignment in your country of service. The launching of our Global Reentry program marks our commitment to helping you, individually and collectively, to translate those skills and strengths into successful careers and community contributions.
Our small, dedicated team at NPCA has been flooded with offers of support from within our community, from throughout the federal government, from new contacts with organizations looking to support the thousands of recently evacuated RPCVs, and even from Capitol Hill. This demonstration of solidarity has been incredible to see and truly demonstrates the strength of our Peace Corps community.
Whether you are looking for support or looking to give back to your fellow RPCVs, I hope you will sign up today to be a part of this effort. We look forward to serving you as you have served others.
NPCA welcomes Dan Baker into a key role in support of returning Volunteers: as the first director of the Global Reentry Program. Until recently, Dan served as an NPCA board director and brings more than 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia (1999-2002) and Timor-Leste (2002-2003), he devoted over 13 years with the Peace Corps in various domestic and overseas staff positions, and for the last three years served as project director and technical advisor with IREX and fundraiser with Outward Bound. He has proven experience designing and launching major new program initiatives and we are eager for him to bring his skills and experience in support of the RPCV community. Learn more about Dan