Peace Corps Worldwide

where returned Volunteers share their expertise and experiences

Peace Corps Worldwide

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  • John Coyne and Marian Haley Beil are happy to present Peace Corps Worldwide, 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.

Tony D'Souza (Ivory Coast 2000-02, Madagascar 2002-03) Goes Back To Teguela - Posted 16 hours ago to Peace Corps Writers

[Tony D'Souza had been a HIV/AIDS Volunteer in a village in northern Ivory Coast when that country's decade-long civil war erupted in 2002. Evacuated to Ghana, Tony transferred to Madagascar before coming home and writing about his experiences in his 2006 novel Whiteman. Whiteman won most of the major first novel prizes, including from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was excerpted by the New Yorker. In 2007, Tony received an NEA, and.. (Read More)

Don't Underestimate The Russkies - Posted 16 hours ago to Your Money: In the New Economy

I spent much of my college days studying the USSR, our great competitor in the "Cold War."  I started with its geography, then its economics,  history, and politics.  I wanted to know the people against whom we were constantly being matched.  I was particularly fascinated to learn its economy since in the mid-20th Century the field of economics was dominated by "econometrics," which was essentially a mathematical approach to the subject.  The fascinating part was.. (Read More)

Q1 Wage Growth Highest in 4 Years - Posted 19 hours ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Popular Economics Weekly This may finally be the year when jobs and the economic recovery are for real for most Americans. Median weekly wages grew at the fastest pace in the first quarter in more than four years, according to data released by the Labor Department on Thursday. Why? Because unemployment rates are falling, and that pushes up wages, needless to say. And almost no wage growth since 2008 has kept.. (Read More)

Renewal! - Posted 1 day ago to You Call Yourself A Teacher?!

I am attaching a photograph of cherry blossoms in our neighborhood in a suburb of Japan. As you know, cherry blossoms are the most popular icon for renewal in Japan. Of course since the Japanese sent cherry trees to the US to be planted in the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C., they have become an icon for renewal in the US also. But way before the planting of cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin, Houseman.. (Read More)

Review of Barbara E. Joe's (Honduras 2000-03) Confessions of a Secret Latina - Posted 2 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Confessions of a Secret Latina: How I Fell Out of Love with Castro & in Love with the Cuban People by Barbara E. Joe (Honduras 2000–03) CreateSpace $15.77 (paperback), $5.99 (Kindle) 434 pages 2014 Reviewed by Bob Arias (Colombia 1964–66) I agree 100% with Barbara Joe, the real criminals are the Castro brothers . . . Fidel and Raul! What they have done to the people of Cuba cannot be tolerated.. (Read More)

New-Home Sales Answer to RE Recovery? - Posted 2 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

The Mortgage Corner Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000. This is 2.8 percent above the revised February estimate of 920,000, but is 5.9 percent below the March 2013 rate of 1,005,000. Single-family housing starts in March were at a rate of 635,000; this is 6.0 percent above the revised February figure of 599,000. We can see from the initial 2008 chart date that.. (Read More)

StoryMondo--Where RPCV Writers Might Publish - Posted 2 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Dear Writer: This is to introduce StoryMondo - an exciting new website where you can publish your short stories and verse. But the writing we publish is special.  It must have a "sense of place" - it must in some way illustrate features or evoke the atmosphere of a particular location. We publish four kinds of writing: Folk tales and legends - new stories or adapted versions of traditional tales Travellers' tales -.. (Read More)

The Peace Corps Announces 2014 Top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Volunteers - Posted 3 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

Press Office of The Peace Corps FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2014 The Peace Corps Announces 2014 Top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Volunteers WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2014 - The Peace Corps today announced its 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). San Diego State University claimed the top spot among HSIs with 33 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. California State University, Long Beach ranked No. 2 with 31 currently serving volunteers, and the University.. (Read More)

Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) Finalist for 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction - Posted 4 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) yesterday was named a finalist for the 2014 pulitzer-150Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Shacochis was nominated for his work The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, the novel spans 50 years and three continents. The book explores the murky world of American foreign policy before 9/11, using provocative themes to raise difficult moral questions. The 2014 prize.. (Read More)

The Bully Mentality - Posted 4 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Popular Economics Weekly Why does the USA have such a problem with bullies? Whether in the schools, in politics, or on Internet social media? The result has been teenage suicides, horrendous school shootings by students who felt bullied or belittled, and now a whole political party that opposes anything that smacks of aiding the poorest, seniors, and less educated. Paul Ryan’s latest budget proposal, is one such example of Republican bullying.. (Read More)