Archive - 2013

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The Peace Corps Response Team(s) Sending Out Kind Words To The World
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Partnership between Kraft Foods,aka Mondelez, and Peace Corps Revisited
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Support Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers
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A Writer Writes: Peace Corps Mojo! by Bob Criso
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Jack Hood Vaughn Laid To Rest In National Cemetery at Arlington
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Two Poems by Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65)
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Review of Michael Heyn's (Peru 1964-66) In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor
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Paul Clements (Gambia 1985-87) Runs For Congress Over Concerns About The Environment And Government Effectiveness
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Peter Lefcourt (Togo 1962-64) Film 'Sweet Talk' Is On Television
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New Options for Health Insurance Coverage After Peace Corps Service

The Peace Corps Response Team(s) Sending Out Kind Words To The World

As 2013 comes to a close, we at Peace Corps Response (PCR) would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. We appreciate your commitment to international service and your continued support of PCR. Whether you are a returned Volunteer or are contemplating service in 2014, we value your being a part of the ongoing international development dialogue. Over the past year, thousands of people in our host countries have benefited from the 248 PCR Volunteers who have served in high-impact assignments in over 50 countries. In addition, those returned PCR Volunteers brought their service back to America and shared their experience, and host country cultures with their communities and professional networks. This spirit of world peace, friendship and service is contagious and we look forward to spreading that message with you in the New Year. With warm regards, The Peace Corps Response team

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Partnership between Kraft Foods,aka Mondelez, and Peace Corps Revisited

As part of its major reorganization, Peace Corps has entered into an unique partnership with Kraft Foods’ Mondelez. To read the Memorandum of Understanding, here is the text to link to: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/mou_peace_corps_mondelez.pdf The Memorandum of Understanding between the Peace Corps and Kraft Foods includes the requirement that each joint activity undertaken in accord with the agreement be described.  From the MOU: Activity Descriptions will include, at minimum: (1) a description of the activity and objectives; (2) performance indicators and expected results, as appropriate; (3) a proposed timeline; (4) the amount of funding, as appropriate, that Kraft Foods agrees to transfer to the Peace Corps to support the activity described in the Activity Description; (5) a budget describing the  proposed use of those funds; (6) reporting requirements, in accordance with applicable law, regulations, and Peace Corps policies; and (7) designation of project managers from the appropriate Peace Corps and Kraft Foods . . .

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Support Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers

______________www.HealthJusticeForPeaceCorpsVolunteers.org______________ Mission To ensure that Peace Corps Volunteers, sick or injured by their service overseas, obtain the support and benefits to which they are entitled by law. We do this through advocacy and proposed policy change. Strategy With a spirit of compassion and commitment, we support current and returned volunteers and work for health reform through: Constructive conversations with Congressional leaders and their staff Representing the interests of volunteers to the Peace Corps and the US Department of Labor Publicizing the challenges facing Peace Corps Volunteers by creating relationships within the National Peace Corps Association, members of the media, and other service agencies History / Background Peace Corps Volunteers answer their country’s call to service, often facing harsh or difficult conditions in foreign countries. Many return with unusual, hard to treat, life-altering diseases, injuries and traumas that the Peace Corps did not anticipate handling when it was founded in 1961. . . .

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A Writer Writes: Peace Corps Mojo! by Bob Criso

Peace Corps Mojo by Bob Criso (Nigeria & Somalia 1966-68) What would our diplomatic service be like if one of the qualifications was prior Peace Corps service? We have West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy which prepare us for war but how about a Peace Corps Academy? What if the Peace Corps included the element of exchange and a teacher from Kenya was swapped with one from Ohio? What about a Peace Corps Memorial in Washington?What would our diplomatic service be like if one of the qualifications was prior Peace Corps service? We have West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy which prepare us for war but how about a Peace Corps Academy? What if the Peace Corps included the element of exchange and a teacher from Kenya was swapped with one from Ohio? What about a Peace Corps Memorial in Washington? These were just a few . . .

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Jack Hood Vaughn Laid To Rest In National Cemetery at Arlington

Jack Hood Vaughn, the second director of the Peace Corps (March 1, 1966 to April 30, 1969), and the first Republican Director, was laid to his final rest at the National Cemetery at Arlington.  It was his desire to be buried at Arlington. I happened on Thursday December 19, 2013. Jack Vaughn died on October 29, 2012, at the age of 92. Like President Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, Warren Wiggins, and many of the visionaries who conceived of the Peace Corps, Jack was a combat veteran of WW II, serving in the Marine Corps. He had received citations for valor, was wounded three times, and understood why:  “There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” With the escalating war in Vietnam during his directorship, he had interceded again and again to keep PCVs free of that dismal, needless war. When the issue of war and foreign policy came up, Jack always maintained that,  “If for . . .

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Two Poems by Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65)

on the road past Thrumsing La Bhutan’s wild mountain spirits by Don Messerschmidt “many, many foggies” says my driver, grinning as we enter soup-thick cloud along the bluff below the pass called Thrumsing La Dochen has that way of speaking English, laughingly so jovially therapeutic he sets the tone for what’s an otherwise long rough mountain ride across Bhutan up-down-around the twisting road sometimes dull and foggy but in clear sun the view is bold with naked cliffs streaked white by mountain freshets tumbling sheer from secret groves above where jade green moss, grey lichen and long strands of mist lay still, whispering if you listen with startling clarity from nature’s pure primeval soul surely kindly ghosts inhabit this ancient sacred land and sometimes, while traversing east across the royal road, each turn, each vista is ablaze with rhododendron scarlet, pink, yellow, mauve, and ivory magnolia, and birds on iridescent . . .

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Review of Michael Heyn's (Peru 1964-66) In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor

In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor by Michael Heyn (Peru 1964-66) Matador $21.99 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) 368 pages August 2013 Reviewed by Ken Hill (Turkey 1965-67) Mr. Heyn’s diary shares a life lived mostly abroad, across 15 countries on four continents, with United Nations programs as well as personal ventures and occasional assignments at the UN in New York.  The saga is spiced by adventures in cultural adaptation, crisis management, intrigue and some legitimate danger! Graced with an enviable education, the author meets and marries, serves in Peace Corps, begins a family but divorces upon discovering a soul-mate with whom he travels the globe to serve human needs. He relates examples of remarkable adaptation and innovation throughout this life story and is admirably candid about successes and failures, displaying an admirable ability to learn from his experiences. A child of the 60’s, the author ponders . . .

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Paul Clements (Gambia 1985-87) Runs For Congress Over Concerns About The Environment And Government Effectiveness

Concerns about Environment and Government Effectiveness Fuel RPCV Paul Clements’ (Gambia 1985-87) Congressional Campaign Last month, RPCV Paul Clements formally announced his run as a Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 6th District. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of activity for Clements, his family (including wife Aedin, who worked in the Gambia with Ireland’s aid agency, APSO), and the team of dedicated campaign staffers and volunteers he’s assembled. Campaigning takes enormous time and energy. Clements attends several fundraisers and meet-the-candidate events each week. And he recently spent two days in Washington, D.C., meeting with representatives from union, environmental, civil rights, and other national groups, seeking their support. Like most PCV’s Clements brings a global perspective to his work. He sees climate change as a threat not just to Southwest Michigan, but the world. “Climate change threatens nature as we know it … and it threatens to wreak havoc internationally, . . .

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Peter Lefcourt (Togo 1962-64) Film 'Sweet Talk' Is On Television

I received a note from Peter Lefcourt (Togo 1962-64) that a film he wrote two years ago entitled  “Sweet Talk,”  is now available on various PPV and VOD platforms.  You can order it on Time/Warner, Comcast, Dish, Amazon Video, Vids, Hulu, and ( for the Canadians), Rogers and Shaw.  You can download it directly from iTunes at this link: http://bit.ly/16neY3C The film was directed  by Terri Hanauer, and stars Nathalie Zea, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Lindsey Hollister, Karen Austin, Time Winters, and John Glover. “It is about the transformative power of story telling, among other things, and we are very proud of it,” writes Peter. He goes onto say, “Look at it this way: usually when wedo a play, you have to plunk down $25 and schlep to a theater with bad parking .  Now all you have to do is press a button, part with 12 bucks, the price of a martini, sit . . .

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New Options for Health Insurance Coverage After Peace Corps Service

New Options for Health Insurance Coverage After Peace Corps Service [The Peace Corps posted on December 13, 2013 this news.] The Peace Corps is committed to the health of all Volunteers. Like millions of Americans, returned Peace Corps Volunteers will now have new options for high-quality, affordable health care after their service through the Affordable Care Act. Since the mid-1990s, Peace Corps has made health insurance available to returned Peace Corps Volunteers and paid the first month’s premium under a program currently called AfterCorps. AfterCorps provides limited benefit coverage intended to help provide a transition period after service. This won’t change: The Peace Corps will continue to pay for the first month of limited health insurance after Peace Corps service for returning Volunteers, at no cost to them. Following the first month of Peace Corps-paid insurance, Volunteers who leave service on or after January 1, 2014, will have the option to . . .

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