Peace Corps in Tulip Time Parade!


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. 

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Michigan native strives to give hope as volunteer in Peace Corps Indonesia


We wish you the best. Stay in touch. RPCV’s of West Michigan.

Originally posted on Midwest Peace Corps Volunteers Making a Difference:

Wright.Lisa_IndonesiaLisa Wright, 24, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Indonesia March 14 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Wright will make a difference teaching basic to intermediate English and providing enrichment learning opportunities through extracurricular and non-formal community activities.

“My passion and goal in life is to positively impact someone’s life every day, especially with youth,” Wright said. “In adversity, the best thing you can give is hope, that’s what I want to give during my time in Peace Corps.”

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#LetGirlsLearn Launches – and the National Peace Corps Association is There! | National Peace Corps Association

#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

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.

(Via. rpcvwmi)

2015 Welcome Back / Send Off International Dinner

  • International PotluckMarch 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm2900 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA
    Welcome Back to new RPCV’s and Send Off to newly departing Peace Corps Volunteers.
    Families of recently returned PCV’s and of soon to depart PCV’s are also welcome.
    Other RPCV’s please bring an international dish, place settings and a soda, or water.
    You can possibly pick up our new RPCV t-Shirt, in red or blue, or place your order for one, or more, at that time.

Peace Corps Director met with a large turnout of Students, Recruits and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the Peace Corps, who was at Calvin College as part of the “Faith and International Development Conference” met with area college students and members of the RPCV’s of West Michigan today. The turn out was very supportive of Peace Corps. The large number of attendees met with the Peace Corps Director informally. Amongst the ttendees were soon to depart, newly recruited Peace Corps Volunteers while others were present to ask many questions and exchange experiences with those Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who were able to attend.

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Calvin College – International Development Studies – Faith and International Development Conference

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.