I am closing down www.peacecorpsworldwide.org website this month. Marian Haley Beil and I started a newsletter RPCV Writers & Readers 32 years ago. We then shifted to our website in 2000. We started our newsletter in April 1989 as a Third Goal project to promote and encourage stories and books about the Peace Corps and our experiences as a way of educating Americans about the developing world. We had hoped with the website to have a place where RPCVs could share points of view and their own stories. While this has happened, but for the most part our 245,000 plus RPCVs do not look back and reflect on their time overseas, caught up naturally with their current lives, families, and careers. The Peace Corps is history for most RPCVs.
I am happy to say that Marian will continue to develop Peace Corps Writers Books imprint where 89 RPCVs and Staff have already published, with Marian’s help, their memoirs, novels, and poetry collections. We began this imprint in 2010.
I would like to thank everyone who has reviewed books, told their stories, and shared their experiences in the Peace Corps. Thank you for your contributions.
It has been impressive to see how many fine books have been written by former Volunteers. This is a contribution to American culture, knowledge, and international understanding that the Peace Corps agency—unfortunately–has never recognized or supported.
But nevertheless, as we say in Amharic, ameseghinallehu.