Archive - August 2018

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RPCV Author & Wife
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Focus on the Peace Corps and Diplomatic Careers
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Summertime Quiz Answers, Number Two
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RPCVs Don’t Fade Away
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Peace Corps Withdrawing From Global Seed Health Hurts Medical Training in Africa
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Peace Corps Volunteers removed from St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Another Summertime Book Quiz About RPCV Books
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Answers to the Weekend Book Quiz
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Washington Post publishes article on Peace Corps drug use
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Weekend Book Quiz

Focus on the Peace Corps and Diplomatic Careers

Photo credit to Cecil Stoughton, White House After their Peace Corps service, many volunteers go on to international careers. Although State does not track former PCVs in the department, an average of 5% of new Foreign Service Officers in the last four entering classes reported Peace Corps experience and more than 60 former volunteers have served as U.S. ambassadors. For USAID, a 2015 report to Congress pegs the percentage of former volunteers or staff in the agency at 28%. Focus on Peace Corps and Diplomatic Careers How the Peace Corps Transformed the Foreign Service by John Coyne Joining the Foreign Service: the Experiences of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers by John Coyne First Ambassador with Peace Corps Experience: Parker Borg by John Coyne Responding to the Call for Volunteers “From Every Race and Walk of Life” by John Coyne Go to: www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/      

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Summertime Quiz Answers, Number Two

Summertime Quiz                    Country                              Author The Measure of a Dream                                           Tunisia                         Lora Begin  (1989-91) Published by Peace Corps Writers, 2012 How to Cook a Crocodile                                            Gabon                        Bonnie Black  (1996-98) Published by Peace Corps Writers, 2010 Dusty Land: Stories of Two Teachers                     Botswana                   John Ashford  (1990-93) Published by Peace Corps Writers, . . .

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RPCVs Don’t Fade Away

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965-67) In South Florida, Donna Shalala (Iran 1962-64), the 77-year-old former federal health and human services secretary, won a close primary for an open House seat against a younger male state legislator who criticized her from the left.

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Peace Corps Withdrawing From Global Seed Health Hurts Medical Training in Africa

  (Thanks to Alana deJoseph, Mali 1992-94 and Producer of The Towering Task, a Peace Corps documentary, for the information on this story) Peace Corps and Global Seed Health were in partnership for five years to train medical professionals in Africa. Peace Corps is terminating the partnership as of September 30, 2018. (See: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/peace-corps-response-and-global-health-service-partnership-end-relationship-9-30-18/) Now comes an interview on PBS with reporter Fred de Sam Lazaro about the consequence in Africa of the end of this partnership.  Dr. Vanessa Kerry is the Director of Global Seed Health. She is attributed with the following explanation:  “Dr. Kerry blames the Peace Corps decision politics and says the resulting cutbacks will force a significant scaling back from five countries to two, including Uganda, and far fewer American medical volunteers.” Peace Corps declined to comment.  Here is the story from PBS. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/resisting-the-african-brain-drain-that-has-created-a-health-care-crisis A “brain drain” is sending many of Africa’s highly skilled workers abroad–and leaving . . .

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Peace Corps Volunteers removed from St. Vincent and the Grenadines

US Peace Corps volunteers removed from SVG August 28, 2018 The United States Embassy in Barbados has confirmed that U.S. Peace Corps volunteers have been removed from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The embassy, however, told iWitness News on Tuesday that the development is not linked to crime in SVG. “They were not relocated because of the perceived ‘crime situation’,” Gaïna Dávila, acting public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, told iWitness News via email on Tuesday. “They were relocated because of a potential specific safety concern,” Dávila said. There have been claims on social media that the Peace Corps volunteers were removed from SVG because of the crime situation.

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Another Summertime Book Quiz About RPCV Books

Thanks to Leita Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993-96) who suggested, “How about listing titles and we guess the country and author?” Great idea, Leita! Everyone Play the Summertime Quiz! Country                                      Author The Measure of a Dream How to Cook a Crocodile Dusty Land: Stories of Two Teachers Roller Skating in the Desert Those Were the Days First Come Love, Then Comes Malaria Heart of Palms Leopards at My Door Tales from a Muzungu One of Us: Sex, Violence, Injustice Glimpses through the Forest Peace Corps Epiphanies Dodging Machetes Never Gonna Cease My Wanderin Different Latitudes Just Say Yes The Empire and the Elephant The Vodka Diaries                                       .

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Answers to the Weekend Book Quiz

#1. They took us in the Land Rover, Mike and me, with Kim Buck driving. We had planned to leave that morning, as it was a good four hours’ drive, although it was only about sixty miles from Mbeya. An African Season by Leonard Levitt (Tanzania 1963-65)       #2. I got my Peace Corps application at the post office in Red Bluff, California, put it on the table in the kitchen, and walked around it for ten days without touching it, as though it were primed to detonate—as indeed it was—trying to convince myself that for a forty-eight-year-old farmer the idea of Peace Corps service was impractical and foolhardy. Living Poor by Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965-67)       #3. The widow opens my door without knocking. A trail of Flying Horse-brand cigarette smoke enters behind her. An old cotton cap hides coarse, mortar-colored hair, brushed back from . . .

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Washington Post publishes article on Peace Corps drug use

  The Washington Post has now published an article based on the Inspector General’s report on drug use among Peace Corps Volunteers and Trainees. Earlier, USA Today had also highlighted the same report. Both papers circulate in Washington DC.   The link to the article will also give access to the comments • Report warns of ‘serious risk’ to Peace Corps from drug use by volunteers Marijuana policy lags behind growing national acceptance. August 24   The Peace Corps has a drug problem. It’s a problem related to an increasingly outdated view of marijuana but significant enough to the agency’s Office of Inspector General that it warns of a “serious risk to the integrity and reputation of the Peace Corps as well as the health and safety of Volunteers.” The warning, in a management advisory report from Inspector General Kathy A. Buller, said “efforts to address Volunteer drug use have been . . .

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Weekend Book Quiz

  Weekend Book Quiz Who wrote the books with the first sentences listed below, and that are based on their Peace Corps Experience, Travel, and Living the Life of an RPCV? • #1. They took us in the Land Rover, Mike and me, with Kim Buck driving. We had planned to leave that morning, as it was a good four hours’ drive, although it was only about sixty miles from Mbeya. #2. I got my Peace Corps application at the post office in Red Bluff, California, put it on the table in the kitchen, and walked around it for ten days without touching it, as though it were primed to detonate—as indeed it was—trying to convince myself that for a forty-eight-year-old farmer the idea of Peace Corps service was impractical and foolhardy. #3. The widow opens my door without knocking. A trail of Flying Horse-brand cigarette smoke enters behind her. . . .

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