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WorldView | Peace Corps Is Back

Winter 2023

The arrival of a new year also began a new era. As Volunteers return to service around the world, the first Volunteers in Viet Nam were part of a swearing-in ceremony in Ha Noi to close out 2022. And in January, Carol Spahn was sworn in as the new Peace Corps Director.

January 30, 2023

Peace Corps Volunteers Begin Service in Viet Nam

The end of the year began a new era — with a swearing-in ceremony in Ha Noi with Director Carol Spahn. By Steven Boyd Saum   December 30, 2022, was a historic day for the Peace Corps: In a ceremony in Ha Noi, nine Volunteers were sworn in to serve in Viet Nam by Peace Corps […]

February 17, 2023

Peace Corps Is Back

Volunteers Have Returned to Some Four Dozen Countries By NPCA Staff   More good news about Peace Corps Volunteers returning to service in countries around the world comes every month. As of the beginning of February 2023, Volunteers have now returned for training and service in 47 countries around the globe — including the new […]

February 3, 2023

Carol Spahn Sworn In as Peace Corps Director

In a voice vote on December 13, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Carol Spahn to serve as the 21st director of the agency. And in a January 11 ceremony, Spahn took the oath office administered by RPCV Rep. John Garamendi. By Steven Boyd Saum It’s official: Carol Spahn has been sworn in as Director of the Peace […]

ANNOTATION

Peace Corps Is Back

Here’s where Volunteers returned to service in 2022–23 and where they have been invited to return.

Annotation by Pamela Fogg and Steven Boyd Saum

The Peace Corps Reauthorization Act: Why It Didn’t Pass in 2022 — and Why That Matters

January 31, 2023

The Future that Almost Was

The Peace Corps Reauthorization Act was the most sweeping legislation in a generation. It passed the House and was on the verge of success in the Senate when the clock ran out. Here’s why that matters. By Jonathan Pearson, Joel Rubin, and Steven Boyd Saum   Just as Peace Corps Volunteers began returning to service […]

Posting Peace

February 15, 2023

Posting Peace: Peace Corps Posters 1961–2022

This exhibition by ArtReach Gallery and the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience does more than trace marketing materials for the agency. In images and words — including works by renowned artists Peter Max and Shepard Fairey — it explores how we think about and talk about the idea of peace itself. And how we make […]

News and Updates

February 2, 2023

President’s Letter: Helping the Peace Corps Be Its Best

As we celebrate Volunteers returning to service in dozens of countries, we pay tribute to a leader here at NPCA who made a difference at a critical time for the Peace Corps community. By Dan Baker At left: El Paso, 2019 — Glenn Blumhorst assists migrants at the border.    Just as the Winter 2023 edition […]

February 1, 2023

Be Good, Be Kind, and Be Lucky

Parting advice from a writer and friend By Steven Boyd Saum Almost three decades ago, before I left California to begin serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, my friend Clark Blaise passed along the phone number for a fellow writer he knew in Kyiv. Yaroslav Stelmakh was the first Ukrainian to receive a fellowship to attend the […]

February 26, 2023

Coming Together in a Time of Crisis

Honoring three groups working to help the people of Ukraine By NPCA Staff   The 2022 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service honors three groups that have worked together to support the people of Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022. The RPCV Alliance for Ukraine, the Friends of Moldova, and Partnering for […]

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.     […]

January 26, 2023

A New Fellowship for Global Peacebuilders

NPCA President Emeritus Chic Dambach has previously been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Now Oklahoma State University has launched a scholarship program in his honor. By Steven Boyd Saum Illustration by Matt Wuerker   October brought a special celebration for a leader in the Peace Corps community. The School of Global Studies at Oklahoma State […]

January 25, 2023

Marking a Place in History

Celebrating Where Peace Corps Training Began By Tiffany James Photo at left: Students in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) with Roger Rhatton, a Peace Corps Volunteer from Bay Village, Ohio, 1965. Photo courtesy National Archives   In the early years of the Peace Corps, many of the first Volunteers began training on a campus in Brattleboro, Vermont, which is […]

January 28, 2023

IRAN: Protests, Repression, and Hope

The mass demonstrations against the repressive clerical regime in Iran are arguably the greatest threat the Iranian government has faced in 43 years. From an essay by Paul Barker Editor of the Peace Corps Iran Association Advocacy Bulletin   Perhaps because they are leaderless, the mass demonstrations against the repressive clerical regime in Iran are arguably […]

February 1, 2023

Mapping a Life

A Life Unimagined: The Rewards of Mission-Driven Service in the Peace Corps and Beyond By Aaron S. Williams International Division, University of Wisconsin-Madison   Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum Aaron S. Williams grew up in a segregated neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. When he began studying geography at Chicago Teachers College, it was because the subject […]

January 30, 2023

Travels and Ghosts: The 2022 Peace Corps Writers Awards

The people’s writer, love and marriage spats in Kazakhstan, mountain gorillas in Rwanda, a C-section by flashlight in Paraguay, and an epic journey by bicycle   We make sense of the world and our interwoven lives through stories. Some of these find form years later as books — and they’ve launched more than a few […]

January 29, 2023

An Accidental Stumble

Taking Stock of two decades of work by Tom Bissell. In 2022, Peace Corps Writers recognized him as the Writer of the Year. By Steven Boyd Saum Tom Bissell photo courtesy Penguin Random House   It was at the Downtown Bookfest in Los Angeles that I met Tom Bissell half a dozen years ago. Along with celebrating […]

People and Ideas

January 25, 2023

Leading USAID in West Africa

Jo Lesser-Oltheten now heads work for the agency in the region. It was the Peace Corps that first took her there three decades ago.   By NPCA Staff   Jo Lesser-Oltheten assumed responsibilities as mission director for USAID/West Africa beginning in October 2022. That includes work in 21 countries with more than 150 staff—providing crucial leadership […]

January 25, 2023

Reporting on Ukraine

Two returned Volunteers who served in Ukraine now play key roles as journalists reporting on that country.   By NPCA Staff   Sabra Ayres (Ukraine 1995–97) was named chief correspondent for Ukraine at the Associated Press (AP) in September. She manages and coordinates AP’s coverage of Ukraine, including text, photography, and video storytelling. Ayres has nearly […]

In Memoriam

January 21, 2023

Painting with Her Own Paint

A remembrance of Patricia Cloherty (1942–2022) By Steven Boyd Saum Illustration courtesy Columbia Teachers College   When the New York Times and Wall Street Journal marked the passing of Patricia M. Cloherty, they saluted her as a trailblazing venture capitalist — all the more unlikely a pioneer given that she was a woman who never trained in finance. She learned […]

November 14, 2022

In Memoriam: Mary Broude

As a lifelong Volunteer, she served as a steady beacon of Peace Corps ideals. And her commitment to the Peace Corps community and desire to create a positive experience for RPCVs will be remembered as part of her enduring legacy. By NPCA Staff   With heavy hearts, we announce that Mary Broude, who served as a Peace […]

January 20, 2023

Harris Bostic II Left a Career in Wall Street to Serve with the Peace Corps in Guinea

A remembrance of Harris Bostic II (1963–2022) By Steven Boyd Saum   After studying at Morehouse College, Harris Bostic embarked on a career on Wall Street. He left that to serve with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa, as a microcredit advisor 1988–91. He returned to his hometown of Atlanta to serve as a program manager for […]

January 18, 2023

Remembering Stephen Reid and Djeswende Pasgo Reid

Their life together carried them around the world, then back to Stephen’s home in Concord, New Hampshire. By Steven Boyd Saum   Concord, New Hampshire, was where Stephen Reid was born and raised and where, decades later, he returned with his wife and love of his life, Djeswende Pasgo Reid. In between were years and continents and family. Peace […]

January 19, 2023

Bradley Broder Established the Kenya Education Fund to Support Young Kenyans

A remembrance of Brad Broder (1976–2022) By NPCA Staff   In 1999 Bradley Broder joined the Peace Corps, working in a village at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro for two years. He forged friendships, learned Kiswahili, and witnessed families forced to take extraordinary steps to survive. It was this experience and his connection to the people of […]

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Steven Boyd Saum is editor of WorldView. For more than two decades he has edited award-winning magazines in the San Francisco Bay Area. His journalism, essays, and fiction have appeared in OrionThe BelieverCreative NonfictionThe Kenyon ReviewChristian Science Monitor, on KQED FM, and in other magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and internationally. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where he also directed the Fulbright program and hosted a radio show. Send a letter to the editor: [email protected].

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