Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

December 2008

Bulletin - alternate presentation

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Be in the Know! Receive the BARPCV monthly bulletin with calendar of events and other notices of interest to the RPCV community! The BARPCV Bulletin brings news of upcoming events and other announcements to BARPCV members via e-mail on a monthly BARPCV members who wish to receive the Bulletin via e-mail or report a change of address should contact us at

Bike Rides

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Metro West

Attention MetroWest and Worcester-area Readers: Join a newly-forming RPCV (and friends) book group! We'll read one book per month, selected by all (cross-cultural, Peace Corp-esque themes welcomed, but not necessary) informal discussions, pot-luck gatherings at an RPCV home (starting with mine in Marlborough). For more information, contact: Jena Bauman Adams; Paraguay ('88-'91); Worcester Area For more information, contact: Marty Reed (Malaysia '71-'73) 508-865-3013; 774-696-7066(cell)

Opportunities to Serve

Life. It is still calling you. Get out in your community and serve! There are so many different ways to engage in your community and BARPCV community service is reorganizing itself to make that even easier for you. Join us at any of the service opportunities listed below!


The Harvard-Cambridge Walk for Peace is in Harvard Yard at the John Harvard statue every Wednesday at noon to bring attention to the tragic violence being done to the people of Iraq. Do come join us. --Steve Bloomfield

Establishing The Peace Corps: Women at HQ

Arriving for work on or before March 1, 1961, the day President Kennedy signed the executive order establishing the Peace Corps, were a number of women who would become famous during these early years at the agency. More at

Harvard's Committee on African Studies

Dear Friends and fellow Africanists,

Happy New Year! We hope your holiday was both enjoyable and relaxing and that you are ready for what is sure to be an exciting and invigorating semester.

With the new year comes a new Executive Director for the Committee on African Studies, Melissa Braunstein, and a new Web address. We hope you will now visit us at, and we look forward to your continued support this semester and beyond!

Peace Corps Foundation

Peace Corps Director Seeks to Establish a Peace Corps Foundation Director Ron Tschetter Pursues Peace Corps’ Third Goal Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 2008 – Peace Corps Director Ronald A. Tschetter officially announced his vision for a Peace Corps Foundation today. The principal purpose of the Peace Corps Foundation would be to advance the Peace Corps’ third goal of inspiring a better understanding of other cultures through returned Volunteers in America . As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Director Tschetter has committed to enhancing Third Goal activities agency-wide and has formally requested authority from the U.S. Congress to create the Peace Corps Foundation.

Civil Liberties

American Civil Liberties Union The latest Civil Liberties Update is now available at Anthony D. Romero; Executive Director, ACLU Nancy Murray Director of Education, ACLU of Massachusetts 211 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110 (617) 482-3170x 314


Oxfam America is increasingly active in Massachusetts around their climate change campaign, focusing on the effects of climate change on poor, developing communities around the world. They are also actively supporting the NPCA's advocacy efforts on similar issues. Mike Meldonian Regional Advocacy Lead Oxfam America

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