Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest_share Share on email More Sharing Services WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2014 – Today the U.S. Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Carrie Hessler-Radelet as the 19th director of the Peace Corps. President Obama nominated her to lead the agency in July 2013. Since 2010, Hessler-Radelet has served as Peace Corps Deputy Director and Acting Director. From 1981-83, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa with her husband, Steve. Four generations of Hessler-Radelet’s family have served as Peace Corps volunteers. 

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Enlarge image ‘I’d like to thank President Obama and the U.S. Senate for their confidence in me to be the next director of the Peace Corps. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our volunteers – past and present – as their director,’ said Hessler-Radelet (RPCV Western Samoa, 1981-1983). ‘Like so many Peace Corps volunteers, my service changed my life, shaped my passion for international development, and inspired my career. As Peace Corps Director, I want to offer more Americans the life-defining experience of Peace Corps service and help them make a difference in the years ahead.’

In her Senate confirmation hearing, Hessler-Radelet committed to leading a dynamic, forward-leaning Peace Corps that is defined by its energy, innovation and impact. You can read her full testimony here.”


U-M lecture: Peace Corps director will discuss program’s future at its birthplace |

U-M lecture: Peace Corps director will discuss program’s future at its birthplace | “Peace Corps acting director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, who has led a comprehensive reform of the Corps aimed at improving efficiency, will talk about the organization’s future during lecture at the U-M Ford School of Public Policy’s Annenberg Auditorium in Weill Hall.

The lecture will take place 4 p.m. March 26 and be live streamed online.”


Peace Corps Celebrates 53 Years March 1st – RPCV’s of WM Join In

The Annual International Potluck Dinner to welcome back recent Peace Corps Volunteer returnees from service and to give a “push” to applicants to Peace Corps, as they get ready for a 27 month service abroad, will take place Saturday at 6pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2900 Burton SE, in Grand Rapids. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of West Michigan will bring dishes to share from their own host countries, or regions, which always stimulates personal cultural stories and celebrations of being a Peace Corps Volunteer. March 1 marks the 53rd year anniversary of the creation of Peace Corps by John F. Kennedy with inspiration from students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Later the personal energy of Sargent Shriver, the first Director appointed by Kennedy, set the foundation for what the Peace Corps has become since then.

The RPCV’s of West Michigan continues the spirit of being a volunteer through efforts of the “Third Goal” of Peace Corps. That goal is to continue to volunteer in our own community and promote peace and friendship through cultural exchange. This group counts as members some who served during the very first year of Peace Corps in 1962 up through those who have just returned from service. All continents with a multitude of countries and languages are represented and all types of work experiences come together from health services, teaching, agriculture, civic assistance, youth groups, water access and many more areas of need.

This year at their potluck, the group will be reviewing upcoming local work days in collaboration with ICCF continuing their 15 years of support, discussing advocacy issues from the national perspective, meeting new faces and screening a preview of a new film on the Peace Corps experience. The film “Posh Corps” is a documentary look at volunteers in South Africa. This film was just screened this past week at the “Third Goal Film Night in San Francisco” presented by the Northern California Returned Peace Corps Association. A trailer of the film, and links, is at . For every unique Peace Corps experience, there are many things that are shared. This movie reflects on the challenges, difficulties and misperceptions about what it means to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.