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New 50th Peace Corps book: Answering Kennedy's Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines sticky icon

This 50th Anniversary book published by 1961 RPCVs in the Philippines, Answering Kennedy's Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines is a collection of essays by early volunteers who reflect on their motivations for joining the new and untested organization, their experience in rural communities, and the impact of the experience in their lives. In announcing the book, Ethiopia RPCV Marian Haley Beil, of Peace Corps Writers, said: "It is a book that will be loved by those who contributed to it, will provide much to researchers looking at what the Peace Corps was all about in its early years, and will be a wonderful resource for those interested in the Peace Corps as a life choice.

Stories from Ukraine-McGrew, RPCV

Hi, my name is Jake McGrew and I just joined BARPCV. I was sent to Ukraine in September as part of the TEFL program. My training site was a very small town called Kozelets, which was an hour away from Kyiv (and Chernobyl..) and I was living with a single mother who had a son my age who was married and living in Kyiv. My host mom (Natasha) was the "cool mom" and had a facebook and everything. I loved running at the nearby stadium with her every night, even when it started snowing in late November. Around this time is when the EuroMaidan protests began, but even being an hour away our town was unaffected, until swearing-in. We actually had to be sworn-in a day early because we didn't know if we would be able to safely make it to the Embassy.

Mobile money helps Kenyans weather financial storms

New study shows how electronic cash transfers help people cope with income problems

Only about one-fourth of Kenyans have access to a traditional bank, and many people in the country farm for a living. Add those things together, and the result is that a large number of Kenyans are vulnerable to unpredictable income fluctuations. But a new study co-authored by MIT economist Tavneet Suri shows that a growing form of electronic payments is helping Kenyans weather these financial problems by letting them informally borrow and lend money more easily.  >>Read More

Newstory sourced from Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office

 

President Carter presents Brookline woman award for Peace Corps service

This story ran in the Boston Globe online on May 19, 2011

 

Photo Credit: May 19, 2011 By Brock Parker, Town Correspondent, Globe Staff

 

 

Peace Corps Voices

We are very happy to share that the Peace Corps Voices website is now live: www.peacecorpsvoices.org.  The leaders of the website are pleased that it is up and available and ready for your participation. The radio documentary is on track to air at the end of August and into September.
 

Speed Networking Event Creates New Connections

Boston Area RPCVs came together for an evening of sharing, learning and making great connections.  Like-minded individuals working in health, education, business, policy, the environment and much more gathered to network at Lir Restaurant in Boston.  In a format similar to speed dating, RPCVs pitched themselves, met new people, and forged important contacts with like-minded RPCVs in the Boston area.  Click here to see photos from the event.

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