The Peace Corps

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

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Remembering “Shriverized” and Shriver
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An RPCV remembers Peace Corps staff member Bob Blackburn (Somalia)
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Former RPCV Says Clinton’s National Service Plan is Great (Poland)
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Dr. Kerry and Director Hessler-Radalet Interview on NPR -January 14, 2013
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Concept Paper for the Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership
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The Peace Corps in bed with Seed Global Health Foundation
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Kevin Quigley at Marlboro College (Thailand)
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Clinton on Peace Corps Expansion
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Hillary gives Peace Corps a shout out!
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What About The Peace Corps?

Remembering “Shriverized” and Shriver

In the Peace Corps world of the early Sixties, the noun “Shriverized” meant “to enlarge, to speed up, to apply greater imagination.”  As an English major I had never heard of the word, but in the linqua franca world of the new Peace Corps, this ‘noun’ changed my life. I had come of age with the Presidency of John F. Kennedy, and was a small part of the New Frontier as a PCV. I was ‘Shriverized” by the man himself, R. Sargent Shriver. It was as a Trainee for the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1962, when I first met President Kennedy, and when I first met Sargent Shriver. I was a “Kennedy’s Kid’ and, yes, I was, like hundreds, and then thousands, of others going to change the world forever in the New Frontier. And, yes, we really, really believed we would. We believed because . . .

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An RPCV remembers Peace Corps staff member Bob Blackburn (Somalia)

  Living a Life by Don Beil (Somalia 1964–66) Robert (“Bob”) W. Blackburn (Deputy Director/Somalia 1964–66), 81, died Saturday, September 10, 2016. For several weeks before his death he knew his heart was giving out, and he spoke openly of the wonderful life he had enjoyed, and the realization that it was coming to an end. On Friday evening he felt it was imminent and all of his immediate family gathered to spend that evening talking warmly with him until past midnight. In the early morning they found that Bob had died peacefully in his sleep. Those of use who knew him can take comfort in his open acceptance of the inevitable and repeated assurances of his appreciation for the life he enjoyed with each of us. Bob spoke to those near him in his last days in such a calm manner that he was comforting us, thinking of others as he . . .

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Former RPCV Says Clinton’s National Service Plan is Great (Poland)

Clinton’s national service plan is great Mark Lenzi in USA Today Mark Lenzi, a former spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican Party, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kielce, Poland. He owns a steel sheet piling company based in New Hampshire. During my Peace Corps service, I would sometimes be asked by genuinely inquisitive students whether Americans were as shallow as reality TV shows and Hollywood movies seemed to indicate. Was it true that the average American could name three pro wrestling stars (“And you do understand it is fake, right?”) yet have no idea millions were being killed in places like Congo? Could a typical person in New Hampshire find a country such as France let alone Sudan on a blank map? Though I would often find myself getting defensive with questions like these and tried my best to refute or at least deflect them, I now find myself faced with the irony of a . . .

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Dr. Kerry and Director Hessler-Radalet Interview on NPR -January 14, 2013

  NPR’s Michel Martin interviewed Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Executive Director of Global Health Services Corps, January 14, 2013.  Read the transcript of the interview “New Ground for Peace Corps.” In the interview, Director Hessler-Radelet explains that Peace Corps doctors and nurses have served in the Peace Corps since its very beginning. The majority of these serving medical professionals were in community health programs. The partnership with Global Health Services Corps will emphasize  building health system strengthening  and will begin with medical education. This new partnership with Global Health Services was discussed on Peace Corps World Wide when it began. Here are links to other sources that provide additional information about the partnership. This is the link to a pdf of the original Peace Corps contract with Global Health Services. The following interview, “A Peace Corps For Doctors, Built By A Senator’s Daughter,” is the first one on . . .

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Concept Paper for the Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership

Concept Paper for the Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership  “How many of you who are going to be doctors, are willing to spend your days in Ghana? . . . On your willingness to do that not merely to serve one year or two years . . . . but on your willingness to contribute part of your life to this country, I think will depend the answer whether a free society can compete. I think it can! And I think Americans are willing to contribute. But the effort must be far greater than we have ever made in the past.” Senator John F. Kennedy during the 1960 Presidential Campaign on the first mention of what became the Peace Corps Speaking before 5,000 students at The University of Michigan, 2 a.m., October 14, 1960  “As we transition from an emergency response to a more sustainable approach, we are supporting partner . . .

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The Peace Corps in bed with Seed Global Health Foundation

State Department-funded nonprofit that John Kerry had ‘No Role’ in, was rounded in his home  U.S. Senator John Kerry waves as he escorts his daughter Vanessa. (Reuters/John Schults) A nonprofit created in Secretary of State John Kerry’s upscale Boston home and managed by his daughter Vanessa Kerry has received more than $9 million from the Department of State, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found. Seed Global Health was founded at 19 Louisburg Sq in Boston’s Beacon Hill, tax forms indicate.News reports show that’s Kerry’s home address, which Zillow estimates is worth nearly $18 million. Kerry’s wife, Teresa, is an heir to the Heinz family fortune. Beacon Hill is the most expensive block in Boston, with median home values estimated at $6.7 million in 2015, a Boston Globe affiliate reported. The Boston Business Journal ranked Kerry’s house the third most valuable home in the city in 2013. The Department of . . .

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Kevin Quigley at Marlboro College (Thailand)

LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE: VIDEO: AT MARLBORO COLLEGE, EVERYBODY GETS A VOTE Kevin F.F. Quigley, president, Marlboro College By Jack Stripling September 29, 2016 Thanks to a “heads up” from Bill Preston (Thailand 1977-80) Situated in the foothills of the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, Marlboro College is a small liberal-arts institution of only about 200 undergraduates. One of the college’s most distinctive features is the Town Meeting, a New England–style governance structure that gives everyone, from students to professors to custodial staff, a vote on decisions that range from changes in policy to landscaping. Kevin F.F. Quigley,(Thailand 1976-79) president of Marlboro, recently spoke with The Chronicle about the college’s anomalous approach to decision making. He also discussed Marlboro’s efforts to increase enrollment through full-tuition scholarships granted to one student from every state in the nation. Video Link: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Video-At-Marlboro-College/237894/ TRANSCRIPT : JACK STRIPLING: Hi. I am here with Kevin Quigley, who’s president . . .

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Clinton on Peace Corps Expansion

  Here’s what Clinton proposes to build what she calls a “culture of service” Grow AmeriCorps: Draw on new AmeriCorps members to recruit, train, and lead the Reserve. AmeriCorps members serve for a year, receiving a modest living allowance and college scholarship funds. Clinton has pledged to expand AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000 members annually and double the college scholarship each member receives for their service. Some of these additional AmeriCorps members will help organize the Reserve. Increase Full Time Service: Dramatically expand year-long service positions, with the vision that every person who wants to serve full-time can do so. She has pledged to create 250,000 annual slots in AmeriCorps and will work with private and nonprofit leaders to even further grow the program to increase the number of citizens engaged in national service. Create a Culture of Service: Engage returning veterans as well as Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other . . .

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Hillary gives Peace Corps a shout out!

  Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Fort Pierce, Florida Hillary Clinton announced her plan to create a National Service Reserve during a campaign rally in Fort Pierce, Florida. Mrs. Clinton also outlined plans to increase participation in AmeriCorps and Peace Corps. https://www.c-span.org/video/?416151-1/hillary-clinton-campaigns-fort-pierce-florida Peace Corps! @HIllaryClinton speaks to the value of Peace Corps! https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4622887/peace-corps

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What About The Peace Corps?

Clinton to offer national service initiative during Florida swing By John Wagner September 30 at 5:00 AM FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Hillary Clinton will announce plans Friday for a new program geared toward helping people under age 30 participate in national service, according to an aide. The Democratic presidential nominee is scheduled to detail her initiative during a speech here in this presidential battleground state. It comes during a stretch when Clinton has stepped up efforts to appeal to millennials, a demographic that she lost heavily to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Democratic primaries. Though Clinton is performing better than Republican nominee Donald Trump among young voters, polls have showed an unusually large number considering casting a ballot for a third-party candidate this year. The Clinton aide provided few details about what she will propose during her speech but said the initiative will reflect Clinton’s belief that “people . . .

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