NPCA Announcements for Upcoming Events

Peace Corps Week is Almost Here! Latest issue of WorldView is in the mail.

Peace Corps Week (February 26 – March 3) is just around the corner. For many RPCVs, Peace Corps’ birthday on March 1 serves as an annual reminder to reflect and share our Peace Corps stories, send letters to the editor to your local newspapers, talk to groups about the opportunity to serve, and to engage in community-wide events. Typically, NPCA would hold its in-person advocacy day on the Hill during Peace Corps Week, but due to the Congressional calendar, this gathering will be on March 9 this year. I’m beyond excited for this first in-person NPCA event in three years, and to tune into some of the Peace Corps Week virtual events. Check below and on our calendar to sign up for these events!

In addition to the event with Peace Corps Director Spahn and other offerings, we want to especially highlight the Peace Corps Connect with the World Country Events, which will allow RPCVs from participating countries to participate in live updates from Peace Corps folks overseas. This is an opportunity we have long hoped to see from Peace Corps, and I hope that many of you will tune in if your country of service is participating.

Finally, our most recent issue of Worldview magazine has been shipped! Be on the lookout for the print edition, currently in the mail. You can also read the latest issue right now in digital format here.

See you for Peace Corps Week!

In service,
Dan Baker
President and CEO

LAST CALL: Capitol Hill Advocacy Day Registration Closes Monday, February 20.

Watch this special message from NPCA’s Advocacy Director Jonathan Pearson and Advocacy Associate Marieme Foote to learn more about the Peace Corps community’s recent missed opportunity and why we must come together in Washington, D.C., to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Whether or not you’ll be able to attend our in-person gathering on Thursday, March 9, you CAN advocate for an improved and well financed Peace Corps. Here’s how:

Register Now for Capitol Hill Day


Black RPCV Stories from the Peace Corps Community

Book Locker: Mapping a Life

A Life Unimagined: The Rewards of Mission-Driven Service in the Peace Corps and Beyond | By Aaron S. WilliamsReviewed by Steven Boyd Saum

Aaron S. Williams grew up in a segregated neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. When he began studying geography at Chicago Teachers College, it was because the subject would offer him good career opportunities in the public schools. But, as he notes early in the memoir A Life Unimagined, “studying the geography of distant places around the world…the seeds once planted by my father of distant travels began to take root.” Read Now.

Peace Corps Observes Black History Month

WATCH: On February 6, the Peace Corps celebrated Black History Month with a live event, inviting a panel of RPCVs who identify as Black and Afro-Latino/Hispanic to share their stories about cultural exchange between Volunteers and their communities. Hear the unique challenges and rewards of serving as a Black or Afro-Latino/Hispanic Volunteer alongside a community overseas. View the recording here.

WATCH: Personal Identity, Race, and the Peace Corps Experience

Exciting News! You can now watch the recording of “Personal Identity, Race, and the Peace Corps Experience.” The Museum of the Peace Corps Experience’s Many Faces of Peace Corps initiative convened this virtual program on December 7, 2022 — with the goal of encouraging RPCVs to reflect on two questions: What was your personal identity before Peace Corps and how did that identity change with your Peace Corps experience? Moderated by Diane Hibino (Bolivia 1967–70, Peace Corps Bolivia 1991–96), the featured guests include Jonathan Zimmerman (Nepal 1983–85), John Fleming (Malawi 1967–68), Katrina Mathis (Guinea 1994–96), Ursula Pike (Bolivia 1994–96), and Cambodian Host Country National Sorphorn Seng St. Romain, and more. Learn about how their Peace Corps experiences challenged and shaped their perception of others as well as their own identities. Watch the recording here. And visit their website here.


February 26 — March 4

Share your events on the NPCA Events Calendar. And check out the Peace Corps Agency schedule for the week.
The theme of Peace Corps Week 2023 is “Connect with the World,” and the week’s activities will highlight and celebrate the lifelong connections fostered through the Peace Corps’ work. These connections lay the foundation for intercultural exchange, global collaboration, and lasting impact – all things that bring us closer to our mission of world peace and friendship. Featured events include:
February 28 | Connect with the World
Tuesday, February 28, 12-1 p.m. EST | Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn will headline a live webinar along with Peace Corps staff, Volunteers, and counterparts from Senegal, the Dominican Republic, and Nepal. Learn more about the Peace Corps’ current work and the vision for its future. Register here.
March 1 | Franklin H. Williams Award Ceremony
Wednesday, March 1 | 7-8 p.m. EST: The Peace Corps will honor the winners of the Franklin H. Williams Award, which celebrates the contributions of individuals of color whose work exemplifies the Peace Corps’ mission of world peace and friendship. This year’s event will feature a keynote speech from the Director’s Award Winner, civil rights activist, journalist, and author Charlayne Hunter-GaultRegister here.
March 3 | Connect with the Careers
Friday, March 3 | 2-3 p.m. EST: The Peace Corps will partner with The Partnership for Public Service on a panel hosting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have recently won Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Learn more about the connection between the Peace Corps and meaningful careers in the federal government. Register here.
All Week | Connect with Country Events
As part of the many celebrations during Peace Corps Week, Peace Corps posts from around the world are holding their own “Connect to the World” events. These live virtual events are open to friends, family and anyone you know who might also be interested in serving in the Peace Corps, so please share. Check out the current list of events to find out if your country of service is participating.

Community Achievements

Martin Puryear (pictured, Sierra Leone 1964–66) internationally renowned American sculptor, has been commissioned to create a site-specific, permanent sculpture for the Storm King Art Center in upstate New York, which is scheduled to be unveiled later this year. Reed Hastings (Swaziland 1983–85) announced in January that he will step down from his role as CEO of Netflix, while remaining as chairman, after leading the company for 25 years. Christopher Dodd (Dominican Republic 1966–68), was appointed as Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas by President Biden in November 2022. Read more.

Upcoming Events

View a full listing of upcoming events here.

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