The DC Office of the Third Goal has 16 employees — yes, 16 employees. I wonder what do they do all day?
After five months of asking by Joanne Roll (Colombia 1963-65), they still have not listed any books written by RPCVs or Peace Corps staff on their webpage. The ‘official’ Mission Statement of the Peace Corps states:. The Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services (3GL) engages the Peace Corps community to further intercultural understanding and supports Volunteers through career transitions.
Office of Third Goal (3GL)* Mission Statement
The Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services (3GL) engages the Peace Corps community to further intercultural understanding, and supports Volunteers through career transitions.
- Develop and implement the Peace Corps’ Third Goal programming, outreach, and training, leveraging the Peace Corps experience to increase Americans’ global and intercultural competence. o Incentivize Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) to achieve the Third Goal through innovative contests (Blog it Home, Storytelling Contest) and campaigns. o Design and oversee annual Peace Corps Week activities that encourage PCVs and RPCVs to bring the world home to American communities. o Provide trainings, promotional items (including Third Goal Kits), and other resources to PCVs, RPCVs, and staff to assist them in supporting the Third Goal. o Connect American classrooms and community groups with current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers through World Wise Schools programming, resources, and events to increase global competence and 21st century skills.
- Engage and support RPCVs as they return home from service with career resources to aid their transition. o Host RPCV Career Link, a searchable web-based jobs board featuring positions around the world with employers seeking to hire RPCVs. o Hold career conferences, career events, and career fairs in cities around the country to bring local RPCVs together for career development training, networking, and events with local employers. o Promote career and transition information and services through a variety of avenues including emails, web chats, phone calls, social media, and web site resources to reach RPCVs wherever they live with whatever questions they have. o Offer individual career counseling sessions to provide tailored feedback and strategies for making the most of Peace Corps service to obtain positions. o Support Volunteers by providing career information through Close of Service Conferences (COS) and COS emails, alerting them to the career resources available.
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- Engage employers (public, nonprofit, and corporate organizations) to hire RPCVs by promoting the benefits of Peace Corps service and noncompetitive eligibility. • Collaborate with RPCV Groups nationwide, including the National Peace Corps Association, to support RPCVs in Third Goal and career events and activities. • Produce official documentation of Peace Corps service to support RPCV employment, education, and other post-service transition issues. • Maintain RPCV contact information and other data through the RPCV Portal, surveys, and focus groups.
Budget and Human Resources Overview Office
2017 Peace Corps Budgeted (USD, Millions)
Other sources: PEPFAR and Reimbursables
FTE (incl. USDH, experts, & PSCs)
Office of Third Goal 1.7 M N/A 16
Key Issues and Challenges
The Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services staff is committed to elevating the Third Goal and supporting returned Volunteers. 3GL benefits regularly from the support and collaboration of other departments and staff within the agency, which significantly extends our impact. We have existing systems and programs that are highly valued by our audiences, such as career counseling, RPCV Career Link, Third Goal Kits, Blog it Home, World Wise Schools lesson plans, Speakers Match, and RPCV Career Conferences. We embrace the spirit of constant improvement and innovation, adding new programs such as the Peace Corps Storytellers Contest, World Wise Chats, and Employer Spotlight Webinars. We are tech savvy and willing to pilot new approaches to engage our audiences, embracing Microsoft Dynamic agency Customer Relationship Management (CRM), GovDelivery, Eventbrite, and Google Hangouts. The Peace Corps has a strong brand with educators, employers, partners, RPCVs, and RPCV groups and routinely message over 100,000 constituents.