Community News — Achievements of RPCVs
Author: Peter Deekle (Iran 1968-1970)
Elizabeth Morgan (2019-2020) continues to chair the Peace Corps volunteer team in Armenia following her evacuation due to the coronavirus pandemic. She works remotely with an Armenian non-profit organization on an English-language contest for students aged 12 to 17. The project is funded by a Peace Corps Partnership Program grant. The contest helps contestants develop digital literacy skills alongside spoken English, critical thinking, and confidence in public speaking. Since January 2020, students from all over Armenia have been studying and reciting well-known speeches and poems in English as a part of the contest.
David Taylor Ives (1980-1982) has published a memoir, “American Dreamer: Memoir of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America and Beyond” (Epigraph Publishing, March 2020). David has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize four times, was the former Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, and Executive Producer of the 2005 Emmy-winning documentary “Albert Schweitzer: My Life is My Argument.”
Sarah Heyborne (2017-2019) helped organize a Facebook page for evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers. This private group now has over 9,000 members and provides Peace Corps pandemic evacuees with money and other resources, like supplies, transportation, and housing.
Leo Cecchini (1962-1964) published a memoir in 2019 titled “Face to Face with the Global Economy,” providing a highly personal account of his life and service. This self-published work contains many references to individuals and events during and following Peace Corps assignments in the early 1960s.
David Goldenberg (1968-1970) has produced a documentary film about his training group and service abroad. The group’s training program was one of the last to be conducted in the United States. Goldenberg’s film premiered in North Dakota in January 2020 (where the Kenya group trained). Watch the film here.
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