Last week, I traveled to Guatemala and visited with Peace Corps Volunteers Mark, Annie, Jessica and Nicole. All four PCVs spoke passionately about the challenges their community members face every day with HIV/AIDS – and that the challenges and success of working with communities on HIV/AIDS issues have overwhelmingly to do with health in general.
I learned about Mark and Annie’s participation in the Healthy Schools project, where they work with school principals and teachers to teach students about hand washing and sanitation, HIV and hygiene. In Nicole’s community the health center has organized a day full of healthy and informative events to commemorate World AIDS Day 2013, from a mini marathon to a soccer tournament, followed by a talk given by a person living with HIV. Jessica is the head of Peace Corps Guatemala’s HIV Committee, and as such is instrumental in assuring that all the PCVs there have accurate and current information about HIV that all PCVs can use in their communities.
This year’s World AIDS Day theme could not be any more relevant for Peace Corps and the work we do: Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation. Continue reading
Juan Rodriquez comes from an Ecuadorian background that helped him integrate into his community in Guyana.
Today we celebrate the life of President John F. Kennedy by remembering his tragic death 50 years ago. His influence is remembered not only throughout our nation, but also throughout the world. At 1:50 in this video, catch the story of two PCVs in Colombia who were surprised and pleased to learn that the president’s memory and legacy still lives where they serve.
These days it’s not lost on anyone – especially Peace Corps Volunteers – that women in developing nations have far less access than men to education, land ownership, credit, training and jobs. Not to mention women are less likely to be politically active than men and far more likely to be victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
So with all the work that development organizations are doing to lift up women and girls, why do we celebrate International Men’s Day? Continue reading
The first night is always the most nerve-wracking. Sitting around a table staring into the faces of my new parents, all I could do was smile and drink more tea. I would regret it later, stumbling out into the dark at 3 a.m. to find the outhouse somewhere past the guard dog. But tonight tea was my “welcome home” sign, my “hello Kyrgyzstan” and my savior in the awkward silence. So I sipped on.
These new people were now my family. I had been dropped off here after only three days in country to get to know them, learn the language and acclimate myself to a culture I was to call home. Continue reading
There’s something special about receiving a package or letter in the mail — especially when you’re living and working abroad for two years. As an RPCV, I know that seeing a familiar postmark and a well traveled envelope or box can make a PCV smile from ear to ear.
PCVs serving in different countries want different things in their care package (although almost everyone seems to want peanut butter), but one thing they all want is that connection to home. What are the care-package items that PCVs treasure most? Click through to find out. Continue reading
We were thrilled to feature thoughts and reflections from the winners of Third Goal’s Blog It Home competition. We recognized and thanked Sara, Jennifer and Joshua, Jessica, and Jedd and Michelle for opening up the world — and the PC experience — to their readers back home. And as they prepared to go back to their sites, they thanked us! Take a look to learn more about PC’s Third Goal and how these PCVs are already living it.
Apologies, but we will not be posting updates during the government shutdown. We’ll be back as soon as possible!
After the Korean War, the Korean government opened its doors to Peace Corps Volunteers in 1966, and more than 2,000 Peace Corps Volunteers served there before operations closed in 1981 (a PCV in 1977 is pictured with a Korean child above) . With the work of Peace Corps Volunteers as one inspiration, today Korea sends volunteers of its own all around the world to do similar work.
World Friends Korea is the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) volunteering program. KOICA, an aid agency of the Korean government, sent more than 4,000 volunteers in 2012, including about 3,000 short-term volunteers, to 55 countries to share their knowledge and skills with local communities. Peace Corps and KOICA programs overlap in more than 30 countries. Continue reading
If one word could describe Sara Kline, a PCV in Thailand and recent winner of Peace Corps’ Blog It Home competition, it would be passionate. As fans of her blog know, three of the things Sara’s most passionate about are sharing Thai culture, arts and crafts, and food!
Sara draws inspiration for her blog from her Thai community. “My local community is a huge part of my blogging habits! The sights and sounds of my community influence my photo diary topics and my desire to transport readers to fruit harvests and Buddhist holidays. I am eager for my readers to get to know the familiar community characters who regularly make appearances in my two-year story via community member profiles on my blog.” Continue reading