The Peace Corps

Agency history, current news and stories of the people who are/were both on staff and Volunteers.

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Peace Corps Response and Global Health Service Partnership end relationship 9/30/18
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“Discovering the Peace Corps . . . and Myself” by Dennis Kuklok (Bolivia)
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JFK: The Last Speech–Documentary on American Public Television
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Michael Meyer Interviews Georges Borchardt in the Paris Review (China)
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The Peace Corps Wins Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR)
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Write a Novel in 18 Holes–Writers Helping Writers
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Honoring Sargent Shriver & Special Olympics
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New York City “Story Slam!”
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Talking with Joanna Luloff about her new novel (Sri Lanka)
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Jody Olsen on Federal Drive Radio

Peace Corps Response and Global Health Service Partnership end relationship 9/30/18

  Peace Corps World Wide has received the following official announcement from the Peace Corps Response Office for the Global Health Service. “The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a collaboration between the Peace Corps, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health, will end in September 2018 for operational reasons. We have appreciated our strategic partnership and the opportunity to provide highly skilled physician and nurse educators to build health care capacity and strengthen health professional education.” On its site, Peace Corps described the program: “The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) helps address critical global shortages of health care professionals by sending physicians and nurses to work alongside local faculty to build institutional capacity and help strengthen the quality of medical education.” Peace Corps World Wide posted this link to the concept paper in 2012: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/the-partnership-between-global-health-and-peace-corps-response/ The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) . . .

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“Discovering the Peace Corps . . . and Myself” by Dennis Kuklok (Bolivia)

  Discovering the Peace Corps … and Myself by Dennis Lloyd Kuklok (Bolivia 1968-70) • It was October, 1967. I had just dropped out of the University of Minnesota, where I was beginning my third year in the School of Architecture. I knew that I would now be drafted, since I would lose my student deferment. So, I volunteered. I wanted to get my military service over as quickly as possible. Then I would be free to do whatever I wanted. At that time, if you volunteered for the draft, you could complete your two years in the army in just 18 months. My university education had made me see how immature, how unworldly I was. It had become painfully apparent how little I really knew about the world in which I was expected to design places for people. I had grown up in a large Catholic midwestern farm family, . . .

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JFK: The Last Speech–Documentary on American Public Television

  JFK:The Last Speech by Jan Worth-Nelson (Tonga 1976-78) • EVEN 55 YEARS LATER, the life-changing effects of John F. Kennedy and Peace Corps service continue to resonate for several former Volunteers featured in an upcoming documentary distributed by American Public Television. The film, JFK: The Last Speech, from Northern Light Productions, spotlights how an October, 1963, a visit by JFK transformed four Class of ’64 graduates of Amherst College. The film will air on more than 40 public television stations nationwide the first week of June. About the speech Three weeks before  President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, he delivered a speech at Amherst at the groundbreaking for the Robert Frost Library. Frost had been a professor at Amherst for years, was a colorful presence on the campus, and had died the previous January. It was JFK’s last major speech, and it was described as “majestic” and one . . .

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Michael Meyer Interviews Georges Borchardt in the Paris Review (China)

Michael Meyer (China 1995-97) who we recently talked to about his new book,  The Road to Sleeping Dragon just interviewed for the Paris Review famous literary agent Georges Borchardt who sold Waiting for Godot, Night, and hundreds of other modern classics. As Michael wrote me, “Borchardt’s take on the industry is fun to read.” https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/05/23/the-life-and-times-of-literary-agent-georges-borchardt/  Michael is also the author of In Manchuria, and The Last Days of Old Beijing. He teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

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The Peace Corps Wins Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR)

May 22, 2018 WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps won its 11th consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) award for its proven track record of financial transparency. The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) presents the CEAR award to federal agencies annually for producing high-quality Performance and Accountability Reports or Agency Financial Reports. The agency will be honored in a ceremony this evening. “As a federal agency, we answer to the American people – a responsibility we take seriously at the Peace Corps,” says newly appointed Chief Financial Officer Richard Swarttz. “I am proud to join a team that is committed to better reporting year over year. I thank both Andrew Pierce and Paul Shea for demonstrating strong leadership during their respective terms as Acting Chief Financial Officer.” For its creativity and innovative thinking in financial reporting, the Peace Corps is also the proud recipient of several special awards for agencies . . .

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Write a Novel in 18 Holes–Writers Helping Writers

A few years ago I published a book entitled How To Write A Novel in 100 Days. Now I thought I might attempt to tighten that frame of reference (and time) and focus on, How To Write a Book in 18 Holes. Over my writing career, I have published three novels on golf and edited three books of golf instruction. Now I have some advice on how to do both for anyone who writes or plays golf, or both, like myself. Write a Novel in 18 Holes In my mind, playing golf and writing a novel are curiously connected. Each is achieved by determination, dedication and singleness of purpose. While most golfers play for fun in foursomes, those who want to develop their game, play alone, often early in the day or late in the evening when it is cool and quiet and the course is empty. As golfers know, . . .

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Honoring Sargent Shriver & Special Olympics

“Working with Sargent Shriver at the Peace Corps was one of the best experiences of my professional life, and our friendship continued to grow. Sarge gave his all to service – domestic, international, anti-poverty, anti-racism, justice, equality and freedom for all. Throughout the last two decades of his life, Sarge continued to devote himself to service for the intellectually challenged as the Chair and CEO of Special Olympics.  Let’s honor Sarge and his Sargent Shriver Special Olympic Global Messengers.  Harris Wofford Instrumental in forming the Peace Corps Peace Corps Director/Ethiopia; Special Rep to Africa Associate Director of the Peace Corps ***** Sargent Shriver was a man of conviction and courage. He stood for important things with a reputation of not letting anyone down. He was outstanding.  C.. Payne Lucas Co-founder AFRICARE, President 31 years; Peace Corps Director Togo & Niger; RPCV ’60s ********* “During these times which cry out for heroic action, we should remember that no couple . . .

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New York City “Story Slam!”

Proudly presents, STORY SLAM! This could be YOU onstage! Got a medical horror story? Can’t stop talking about your digestive track? Did you ever rescue a dog from a latrine? If so, you may have been a Peace Corps Volunteer! Come hear true tales of adventure and what it was really like to have the toughest job you’ll ever love told LIVE at our 7th Annual Peace Corps Story Slam! As we all know, Peace Corps is 27 months of continuous funny, poignant, and amazing stories. When RPCVs tell stories, they humanize and illuminate places and people with that unique, grassroots, Peace Corps perspective. We’ll have a brand new batch of stories this year, all sure to make you laugh, cringe, and cry … maybe all at once. But wait, there’s more! We are taking a cue from our friends at The Moth and hosting our first open-mic storytelling telling show! Think that you have a GREAT story to tell? Well, . . .

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Talking with Joanna Luloff about her new novel (Sri Lanka)

Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from the University of Missouri. Before all of those years of graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Baddegama, Sri Lanka. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Western Humanities Review, Memorious, and New South, and her collection The Beach at Galle Road was released by Algonquin Books in October, 2012. Her debut novel Remind Me Again What Happened is forthcoming in June from Algonquin. She is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Colorado Denver. More information at www.joannaluloff.com. Joanna, where were you before the Peace Corps? Well, I was born in Belgium, but my family moved to Massachusetts when I was quite young. I grew up in Southboro, a small town near Worcester. I went to Algonquin Regional High School, then on to Vassar College for my BA, Emerson College . . .

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Jody Olsen on Federal Drive Radio

  New Peace Corps director Jody Olsen most enjoys seeing ‘people change’  May 7, 2018 9:03 am        Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Subscribe to Federal Drive’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. • Tom Temin Interviews Jody Olsen Jody Olsen cannot quite seem to leave the Peace Corps behind. She volunteered in Tunisia for the Corps in the 1960s. In between various jobs, she has returned to the Peace Corps as a country director and deputy director. Now she has returned again, this time as director. She was sworn in just a month ago and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio. Career Peace Corps Staffer Jody Olsen gives a short interview on Federal Drive and praises (without naming) past Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and how Carrie led “historic reforms to modernize the agency.” Olsen mentioned the changes in Recruitment and the application Carrie did and how that . . .

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