Calling all Returned Volunteers, Future Volunteers, Friends, Family, Supporters!
I invite you to march with Peace Corps in the MuziekParade of the 2015 Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan- our first time ever! During the MuziekParade thousands of spectators will line the streets of downtown Holland to watch amazing floats, marching bands, Dutch Dancers, and numerous organizations present their finest in over two miles of pure celebration. I am so excited that Peace Corps will be one of those organizations this year!
The Peace Corps will be participating in the MuziekParade on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00. We’d love for you to march with us and help connect you with the broader Peace Corps community in West Michigan. I am hoping that you will show your Peace Corps Pride during the Parade! That means Peace Corps tee-shirts (I know the RPCV group of West Michigan just got shirts), traditional clothing, and/or flags from your country of service! What a great Third Goal opportunity to show the young and old alike our Peace Corps pride.
We’re also going to be rolling with the new Peace Car– a SmartCar decked out in a Peace Corps wrap. It’s awesome, and this will be its first trip into West Michigan.
You can access the spreadsheet here: Tulip Time Attendance Google Doc. It works better in Chrome than Internet Explorer.
Chicago Peace Corps Recruiting Office
#LetGirlsLearn Launches – and the National Peace Corps Association is There! | National Peace Corps Association: “It’s not every day that the National Peace Corps Association gets a shout out from the First Lady, but yesterday the Peace Corps community was the center of White House attention for the launch of Let Girls Learn, a powerful new collaboration to expand access to education for girls around the world.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in particular know firsthand how educating a girl can trigger a positive ripple effect that lasts a lifetime – and how lack of educational opportunity cripples communities. ‘Girls education’ isn’t an abstract concept; we can put names on faces, point to places on a map.
NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet at the White House for the announcement.
Over the years our RPCV member groups have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for projects in support of girls education, and countless RPCVs have started nonprofits or have worked individually in ways large and small to improve the life chances of girls around the world.”
Let Girls Learn: “As part of the U.S. government’s commitment to Let Girls Learn, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps have formed a powerful collaboration to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. In some countries, fewer than 10% of teenage girls complete secondary school.
This program will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work at the grassroots level will serve as catalysts of community-led change, and every American can get involved and make a difference.“
Calvin College – International Development Studies – Faith and International Development Conference: “Carrie Hessler-Radelet: Director of the Peace Corps” will be one of the speakers for this event. Information, cost and a list of the other speakers is available. We welcome the Peace Corps Director to Grand Rapids.