Archive - March 9, 2012

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Leaving El Salvador 1980 Final
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Talking with Jane Albritton, Editor of the Peace Corps at 50 Project
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Now Here's a Great Idea and Event in D.C.

Leaving El Salvador 1980 Final

PCV Deborah Loff, who had been taken hostage on December 11 with a group of Salvadorans from a market place, was released after eleven days. Loff was home for Christmas. But, Peace Corps continued to struggle with the decision to stay or leave El Salvador. Potential Volunteers in training had been redirected from El Salvador to other Central American countries.The contingent of serving Volunteers had been reduced by half to 59. Some Volunteers had been evacuated to Guatemala.Still, Peace Corps evidently hoped that the program could be continued. The following document summarizes how events dictated the final decision: “Summary of Events Leading to the Withdrawal of Peace Corps Volunteers from El Salvador” (DNSA/GWU:Collection: El Salvador, The Making of U.S. Policy 1977-1984, Item Number: ES00332) In early January, PC Deputy Director William Sykes and LAC Regional Director Paul Bell traveled to El Salvador to assess the situation. After much dialogue with . . .

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Talking with Jane Albritton, Editor of the Peace Corps at 50 Project

Interview by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77) WHILE MOST OF US STRUGGLE with our own Peace Corps memoir, Jane Albritton undertook a herculean task: to gather enough Peace Corps personal experience essays to fill a multi-volume anthology. After four years of intense work, she completed the task in 2011 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps’ inception. The four volumes include more than 200 essays that describe the Peace Corps Experience in 88 of the 139 nations served during the past half century. The principal and founder of a writing and editing firm (as well as a university writing instructor), Jane began the Peace Corps at 50 Project with the posting of a very unusual website and an all-call for personal experience essay submissions. As the series editor, she recruited editors, oversaw editing, negotiated publication, supervised formatting, cover design and finally manages marketing. What on earth inspired . . .

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Now Here's a Great Idea and Event in D.C.

Peace Corps Town Hall Meeting Looking forward to the next 50 years RPCV/W cordially invites you to attend a Peace Corps Town Hall Meeting What: a forum with returned volunteers and Peace Corps leadership to listen and discuss current agency initiatives Where: Peace Corps Headquarters, Shriver Hall; 1111 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20526 When: March 14, 2012 from 6PM – 7PM (please arrive 10-15 minutes early to clear security and check in at registration) How: you must register to attend, (open to members and non-members) Program: 1.      Welcome and introduction from RPCV/W leadership 2.      Remarks from the RPCV/W President Chris Austin 3.      Remarks from the NPCA President-Kevin Quigley 4.      Remarks from Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams 5.      Q & A, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, questions submitted online will also be addressed Have questions but can’t attend the town hall? Email your questions to Kristina . . .

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