Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

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Book Club - Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Mar 16 2017 - 7:00pm

The book for March is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance.

Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir about the Appalachian values of Vance's upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown - poverty, low-paying, physical jobs that have since disappeared or worsened in their guarantees. Reviewers wrote that Vance compassionately describes the white underclass that fueled the campaign of Donald Trump and a resurgence of outsider politics. Vance's subject is despair, fatalism, and learned helplessness.

We will meet on Thursday, March 16th at the home of Diane McCormack. Please email her at if you plan to attend so she can organize the food.

Book Club - The Nightingale

Feb 16 2017 - 7:00pm

The book for February is The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah.

The Nightingale is historical fiction that tells the story of two sisters, just coming of age in France on the eve of WWII, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.

We will meet on Thursday, February 16th at the home of Kate Flaherty. Please email her at if you plan to attend so she can organize the food.

Can't make it this month? Read the next book and join us in March!

TGIF at Asgard

Mar 3 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Our February last-Friday unwind session was DEFERRED 1 WEEK to cap off Peace Corps Week. Join us at the Asgard in Central Square the first week of March instead. Look for the red Peace Corps shirt starting at 6pm. Hope to see you there.

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Enter the BARPCV Photo Contest

Submission deadline is February 28, 2017

Attention photo takers! BARPCV is happy to announce the 9th annual photo contest. Members of the BARPCV community, submit your best photographs from your country of service! Selected photographs will be displayed at cafés and sites around the Boston Area in the spring!

Submission Guidelines: Picture must have been taken by a Peace Corps Volunteer in his/her country of service. Photos must be in JPEG or TIFF format. For print photography, please make a high quality scan for the contest. You can submit up to three photos.

Annual Ski Trip Weekend

Feb 17 2017 (All day) - Feb 20 2017 (All day)

Only THREE spots left!

BARPCV is headed to Waterville Valley, NH over President’s Day weekend for the 2017 annual ski trip. You need not ski/snowboard to join the fun.

Cost: $125/person includes accommodations, breakfasts and dinners.

Mark you calendars and email to sign up!

DEADLINE - Register to Volunteer at the 2017 Boston Marathon

Feb 8 2017 (All day)

Interested in volunteering at the Boston Marathon this year? Join the BARPCV community on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 17th, 2017 at the mile 23 hydration station.

If you are a returning volunteer, use the individual code emailed to you from the Boston Athletic Association. If you are a new volunteer, contact Marta at for details on how to register.

Registration deadline is February 8th.

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