Author - Joanne Roll

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NPR takes a critical look at the overseas short term Volunteering industry
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How to “Be There” for the Premiere of A Towering Task
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MOU between Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association
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NPCA ISSUES ACTION ALERT IN RESPONSE TO SCOTT’S LEGISLATION
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Federal Register has information on Survey of RPCVs by Peace Corps
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Per memo dated in early April 2019, Peace Corps Guatemala apparently would not be impacted by the elimination of US foreign aid
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John Garamendi (Ethiopia) introduces bipartisan Peace Corps Reauthorization Act
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Peace Corps and National Peace Corps Association Sign MOU
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SUCCESS! Amendment Defeated!
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Amendment to eliminate funding for Peace Corps Introduced in Congress

NPR takes a critical look at the overseas short term Volunteering industry

Thank you to RPCV Alan Toth  for highlighting on his Facebook page, Posh Corps : A Peace Corps Documentary, NPR’s Opinion piece about overseas volunteering. The focus is on the industry in which people pay to volunteer overseas on a short term basis. Peace Corps in not included in the critique.  CLICK for the article.   OPINION: Volunteering Abroad Is Popular And Problematic. Let’s Fix It Have you ever volunteered abroad? From students and young professionals to retirees, nowadays everyone seems to be trying to make a difference in communities around the world. But what are these efforts really achieving? Do they help — and if so, who benefits?And if they cause harm, what can we do to make things better? All important questions, as volunteering abroad has grown tremendously. Estimates suggest the industry is now worth at least $173 billion. The industry is also coming under increasing fire, owing . . .

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How to “Be There” for the Premiere of A Towering Task

  The following announcement gives specific information on obtaining tickets for the Premiere of A Towering Task as well as program details for the many other events.  September 22nd will be a celebration of Peace Corps at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. https://mailchi.mp/peacecorpsdocumentary/reach-event?e=d09090d4d IT’S OFFICIAL! Join us for the first screenings of A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps The REACH’s Justice Forum @ The Kennedy Center Sunday, September 22nd  |  4pm & 7pm Join us as we build a community of global citizens We’ve teamed up with the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC (RPCV|W), and The REACH at the Kennedy Center to host a full day of events to celebrate the Peace Corps and global citizenship. The festivities begin in the REACH’s Justice Forum and Studio F at 10am! From oral storytelling to a life-size replica home to augmented reality stations, it . . .

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MOU between Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association

Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding. (https://www.peacecorps.gov/news/library/peace-corps-renews-partnership-national-peace-corps-association-austin-texas/) The actual document  may be obtained from Peace Corps – FOIA – 0091.  The infomation here is  from that FOIA, which was reformattted in Rich Text.   Here is an except which defines distinction between NPCA activities and Peace Corps: The Peace Corps reserves and retains the right to determine, establish, direct, and implement programs and activities in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, its policies, procedures, and subject to the availability of funds. Moreover, the Peace Corps will not be engaged or involved in, or collaborate with NPCA on, or promote or publicize, NPCA’s advocacy or fundraising, or membership drives, or any activities that do not directly relate to the Peace Corps’ mission.     MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PEACE CORPS AND NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets forth  the  understanding  between  . . .

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NPCA ISSUES ACTION ALERT IN RESPONSE TO SCOTT’S LEGISLATION

Keep Peace Corps Independent and Internationally Trusted “Join the Peace Corps community in protecting the independent, non-political nature of the Peace Corps by opposing legislation (S.2320) introduced by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) that would make Peace Corps subordinate to the Department of State under the direction of the Secretary of State. By safeguarding Peace Corps’ status as an independent agency, we can help to ensure that it will not be used to promote short-term goals of the Secretary of State or whichever administration is occupying the White House. The international perception of the Peace Corps’ independence is imperative for its continued success, which is based on mutual respect and trust of the host countries.” Here is the link to contact your Senators.  Scroll pass the Representative sign to find the letter and the guide to contacting your Senators.https://advocacy.peacecorpsconnect.org/email-congress#/50  

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Federal Register has information on Survey of RPCVs by Peace Corps

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Joanne Roll (Colombia 1963-65)   The Peace Corps has posted the following notice in the Federal Register to gather public comment on a proposed survey designed to capture information from RPCVs about their post service life, including health status.  Directions on how to post your comment is included in the annoucement.  We will try and get a copy of the proposed online survey.  Here is the notice: “SUMMARY: The Peace Corps will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (0MB) for review and approval. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to 0MB. We are conducting this process in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Submit comments on or before September 9, 2019. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Virginia . . .

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Per memo dated in early April 2019, Peace Corps Guatemala apparently would not be impacted by the elimination of US foreign aid

On March 31, 2019, President Trump announced the United States was cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because of the migrant crisis.  The Peace Corps website only listed Guatemala as a current Peace Corps site in that group. On April 15, I made a FOIA request for: “the documents which describe how this decision will impact existing  and future Peace Corps programs and Volunteers in Guatemala.” The FOIA was assigned 19-0065.  It took an appeal before I finally received a response on June 20th.  The response was an internal memo, most names  appropriately redacted. The memo was in response to a  serving PCV in Guatemala who had made the same request about the impact on Peace Corps Guatamala.  Here is the important statement from that memo, dated, I believe, April 3, from Joel Frushone, Associate Director Office of External Affairs, RPCV Lesotho  1995-97.   “Hello. Our social media team received . . .

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John Garamendi (Ethiopia) introduces bipartisan Peace Corps Reauthorization Act

    Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan Peace Corps Reauthorization Act June 25, 2019 Press Release WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R.3456), with bipartisan support. The bill’s original cosponsors include Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA) and Garret Graves (R-LA)—co-chairs of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus with Congressman Garamendi—and Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ), Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), and Donna E. Shalala (D-FL). The Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R.3456) would provide additional federal funding and resources to advance the Peace Corps’ mission around the world and better support current, returning, and former Peace Corps volunteers. Representatives Garamendi (Ethiopia 1966-1968), Kennedy (Dominican Republic 2004-2006), and Shalala (Iran 1962-1964) are returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Representative Aumua Amata was a former Peace Corps staffer (Northern Mariana Islands 1967-1968). “My wife Patti and I owe so much to our service in the Peace Corps. . . .

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Peace Corps and National Peace Corps Association Sign MOU

Press Release Peace Corps renews partnership with National Peace Corps Association in Austin, Texas 6/24/2019 5:56 PM NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst and Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen signed a joint MOU at Peace Corps Connect. AUSTIN, TX – Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen and National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) President Glenn Blumhorst signed a Memorandum of Understanding June 21 to renew the organizations’ commitments to support the Peace Corps’ mission. The two groups will continue to implement initiatives that promote a better understanding among Americans of other people and cultures around the world and educate the public on Peace Corps programs and service opportunities. The memorandum was signed during the Peace Corps Connect conference—an annual gathering of returned Peace Corps volunteers hosted by NPCA. The 2019 conference took place in Austin, Texas, with the help of the Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association, and centered on the theme “Innovation for . . .

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SUCCESS! Amendment Defeated!

    US House Rejects Amendment that included One Year Elimination of Peace Corps Fund Congratulations and thanks to the National Peace Corps Association and  everyone in the RPCV Community for all the work in defeating this awful amendment.  NPCA estimates Congress received over 9000 emails and contacts.  Special thanks to John Coyne of Peace Corps World Wide who circulated the information and estimates over 2600 people read it on this website.  All that work was invaluable. Here is the announcement posted on the NPCA website: https://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/articles/us-house-of-overwhelmingly-rejects-amendment-that-included-one-year-re-allocation-of-peace-corps-funds?fbclid=IwAR0VFMhk37RFoy07OVLunF_7njIg2WOOSnYOJp5sPeBzC9QeE66c0x5oE2Q Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives came together Tuesday evening to soundly reject a proposal to re-allocate foreign assistance funding in Fiscal Year 2020, including the elimination of all House funds slated for the Peace Corps. An amendment to the State/Foreign Operations funding package to cut just over $19 billion in foreign assistance programs was defeated by a vote of 315 to 110. 81 . . .

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Amendment to eliminate funding for Peace Corps Introduced in Congress

Thank you to the National Peace Corps Association for posting this alarming news on their Facebook Page.  Please read it. National Peace Corps Association 30 mins · Yesterday, Congressman Mark Walker of North Carolina introduced an amendment to eliminate funding for the #PeaceCorps and other international assistance programs in Fiscal Year 2020, and re-allocate those funds to cover the disaster assistance funds. The impetus for this amendment was Rep. Walker’s concern about the $19 billion dollar spending bill Congress racked up ten days ago for disaster assistance. Congresswoman Nita Lowey took to the House Floor to oppose this amendment and defend the Peace Corps. We hope that you will join us in contacting your congressperson and urge them to oppose Rep. Walker’s amendment before the vote next Tuesday. Visit: https://advocacy.peacecorpsconnect.org/email-congress#/47 C-SPAN.ORG Opposing Amendment to Eliminate the Peace CorpsChairwoman Lowey rises in strong opposition to Amendment 27 proposed by Rep. Walker, . . .

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