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Jody Olsen

February 15, 2023

Meet the Winners of the Women of Peace Corps Legacy Awards

As part of Peace Corps Connect 2022, Women of Peace Corps Legacy honored two outstanding leaders in the Peace Corps community. The awards were presented by WPCL co-presidents Megan Celistine, who served as a Volunteer in Dominica 2014–17, and Jody Olsen, who served as a Volunteer in Tunisia 1966–68 and as Peace Corps Director 2018–21.       Kate Raftery Emerging Leader Award Honoring those under the age of 40 who have shown a demonstrated dedication to improving the lives of women and girls. Jaynice Del Rosario Program Officer, Girls First Fund Jaynice Del Rosario began her career conducting independent research on girls’...

November 2, 2020

Peace Corps Viet Nam: Launching in 2022

An historic partnership years in the making By Steven Boyd Saum   The news broke July 10: inking of an agreement between Viet Nam’s Ministry of Education and Training and Peace Corps to formally establish a Peace Corps program in English education. The occasion also marked 25 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. “We are thrilled to be entering into this historic partnership,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am honored and deeply grateful to the people and Government of Viet Nam for their willingness to open their hearts, schools and homes to Peace Corps volunteers. This program, with its emphasis on cross-cultural...

November 1, 2020

First Volunteers return to service in January 2021

The Eastern Caribbean will be the first to welcome back Volunteers. By WorldView Staff   The big news out of Peace Corps HQ on October 14: Volunteers will begin returning to service in January 2021. The Eastern Caribbean will be the first to welcome back Volunteers. “Our decision to return to the field follows months of extensive preparations and review, and I am extremely grateful to the many staff and host country partners who contributed to this effort,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I also salute the evacuated volunteers who are joining us as we take these first steps to resume operations and begin the celebration of...

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