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Peace Corps Worldwide


  • Peace Corps Worldwide is an online community and resource for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), their friends and families, and all who share a desire for international understanding. Peace Corps Worldwide is in no way associated with the Peace Corps or the National Peace Corps Association.

Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64) in Front of the Camera - Posted 1 day ago to Peace Corps Writers

Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64) author of half a dozen books (the last is entitled My Life as a Pencil) and for 22 years a writer at People Magazine retired a year or so ago to Hermosa Beach, California and gave up (at least full time) his writing career and began to throw pots. It's a true story. Ron is finding his new occupation satisfying as.. (Read More)

Shriver Scholarships Available - Posted 2 days ago to Peace Corps: Public Records

The following announcement was posted in the CRPCVA weekly newsletter.  The Columbia River Peace Corps Association is a very active group.  They present a museum display of the Peace Corps Experience around the Portland area. The formatting is copied from the newsletter.  Here is the link to their webpage: The link in the announcement should be a copy and paste if reading it here.  Many  of us may beyond Graduate School,.. (Read More)

Review in WSJ of Martin Puryear (Sierra Leone 1964-66) Exhibition at Morgan Library - Posted 2 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

The Wall Street Journal on November 24, 2015, had a review of Martin Puryear's : Multiple Dimensions show at The Morgan Library & Museum. Reviewer Lance Esplund writes "The 74-year-old American sculptor Martin Puryearis a consummate craftsman. As a skilled young wood-worker, he made furniture, guitars and canoes. And from an early age, he has been interested in the natural sciences and once considered becoming a wildlife illustrator." (Read More)

Novelist David C. Edmonds (Chile 1963-65) Wins Two Book Awards - Posted 3 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Lily of Peru published by Peace Corps Writers books and written by David C. Edmonds (Chile 1963-65) recently won two awards. It was selected in second place in the category of Latino Theme Movie by Non-Latino Author. These awards are sponsored by Latino Literacy Now and were presented in 16 key categories during the 2015 Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival. Copies of all.. (Read More)

The Peace Corps Tells LBJ "Hell, No! We Won't Go!" - Posted 4 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

Stanley Meisler, an early evaluator for the agency, in his 2011 book, When The World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and its First Fifty Years gives a detailed account of the Peace Corps' limited connection to the war in Vietnam. In his book, Meisler writes, "On January 6, 1966, two Peace Corps officials embarked on a secret, reckless trip to Vietnam. The goal of their mission was to find out whether Vietnam might.. (Read More)

The Peace Corps and the Vietnam War, Part One - Posted 5 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

Recently I have been reading two books that focus on volunteering in the time of the Vietnam War. The one that we are blogging about currently, Dr. Molly Geidel's Peace Corps Fantasies: How Development Shaped the Global Sixties. The second is The Fortunate Few: IVA Volunteers From Asia to the Andes written by Thierry J. Sagnier. The IVS was founded in 1953 and played a key role in.. (Read More)

In Laurence Leamer's (Nepal 1965-67) Library - Posted 5 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

The New York Post, Sunday, November 22, 2015, has a one page book section and this week they featured Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1965-67). Here's what writer Barbara Hoffman had to say about Larry... Antioch College was a liberal-arts college - liberal, period - when Laurence Leamer went there in 1960. John F. Kennedy was running for president, "but they didn't think he was liberal enough," Leamer says of his classmates. Leamer, however, supported JFK and.. (Read More)

Senegal RPCV Killed in Mali Attack - Posted 6 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

U.S. Victim of Mali Attack Worked on Women's Health By LIAM STACKNOV. 20, 2015 New York Times Anita Ashok Datar, an American public health worker from the Washington suburbs, was killed Friday when gunmen attacked a luxury hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, killing at least 19 people and taking as many as 100 more hostage. She is the only American known to have died in the attack, according to United Nations officials. Ms... (Read More)

Vietnam and the Peace Corps, Dr. Geidel Sums up The Connection - Posted 6 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

Dr. Geidel in her cultural history of the U.S. in the 1960s turns her attention on the Peace Corps and Vietnam in chapter five of her book, Peace Corps Fantasies How Development Shaped The Global Sixties. (I should say right off that I served in the military and in the Peace Corps in the Sixties and I don't have an axe to grind with either service.) Molly Geidel is another story. She begins, (again,) by turning.. (Read More)

REVIEW — Renewable by Eileen Flanagan (Botswana 1984-86) - Posted 6 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope Eileen Flanagan (Botswana 1984-86) She Writes Press March 2015 186 pages $16.95 (paperback), $9.95 (Kindle) Reviewed by Julie R. Dargis (Morocco 1984-87) • When Eileen Flanagan arrived in Botswana in 1984, "the same year that Apple introduced the Macintosh and Daryl Hannah starred in Splash with Tom Hanks," global warming had yet to hit the.. (Read More)