Brett Serwalt posted an articleBiden administration names RPCV new Acting Director of Peace Corps see more
Title: "Carol Spahn Named Acting Director of Peace Corps’"
Author: NPCA Staff
Published: January 20th, 2021
Brief: The Biden administration has made appointments to PC leadership roles, including naming RPCV (Romania) as Acting Director of the agency.
From the article:
"WASHINGTON – On January 20, Carol Spahn was named Acting Director of the Peace Corps by President Biden. Spahn had been serving as the Peace Corps chief of operations for Africa. She succeeds Jody Olsen, who stepped down as director on January 20.
Spahn has over 25 years of experience in international development, business, health, and women’s empowerment. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania (1994–96) and country director in Malawi (2014–19). Her work with the nonprofit sector includes experience with Women for Women International — which supports female survivors of war — and Accordia Global Health Foundation — which helps fight infectious disease in Africa.
“It is an honor to serve the Peace Corps and our country,” Spahn said in a release from the agency. “From my time as a volunteer in Romania to my years as a country director in Malawi, I have loved my work for the Peace Corps, the American people, and the people of the countries where I have served. I am grateful the Biden-Harris transition team has accorded me the privilege of serving in this new role.”
Brett Serwalt posted an articlePCVs Returning to Caribbean in January! see more
Title: "Director Olsen Announces Return of Volunteers, Commemorates ‘founding moment’"
Author: PC HQ Staff
Source: Peace Corps News
Published: Oct 14th, 2020
Brief: On the anniversary of JFK's famous campaign-trail speech, Director Olsen announces PCVs to return to Caribbean in January 2021.
From the article:
"WASHINGTON – Peace Corps Director Jody K. Olsen announced volunteers will begin returning to service in January.
Speaking to staff today during a town hall meeting launching the agency’s yearlong 60th anniversary celebration, Director Olsen said public health conditions permit the return of volunteers to the Eastern Caribbean.
The agency suspended global operations in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am thrilled to share this good news as we commemorate our founding moment, when then candidate John F. Kennedy planted the seed for what would become the Peace Corps during an early morning speech October 14, 1960 at the University of Michigan,” said Director Olsen. “Our decision to return to the field follows months of extensive preparations and review, and I am extremely grateful to the many staff and host country partners who contributed to this effort. I also salute the evacuated volunteers who are joining us as we take these first steps to resume operations and begin the celebration of our 60th anniversary.”
President Kennedy formally created the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961.
At the time of the evacuations in March, nearly 7,000 volunteers were serving in 60 countries. Since that time, the Peace Corps has worked tirelessly to develop a comprehensive process to safely return volunteers, including evaluating each post based on medical, security, programmatic, administrative and logistical criteria.
Staff from each post worked closely with the Peace Corps medical and safety and security experts to develop COVID-19 emergency response plans. Returning volunteers will be tested for COVID-19, quarantine for 14 days after arrival in their host country and receive training to safeguard against exposure to the virus during their service."
Aaron Hilliker posted an articleHere is Mr. Toa's story about being connected to the Peace Corps. see more
Source: The Daily Post
Published: February 29th, 2020
Brief: Mr. Toa talks about his connection with Peace Corps Vanuatu and his experience of hosting a volunteer.
From the article:
"Mr. Hambert Toa, was a former teacher and principal at Saint Patrick School on Ambae. Due to the volcanic unrest on the island, he was transferred to the Ministry of Education and Training in Port Vila and is currently the Basic School Coordinator at the Ministry. Here is his story of his encounter with Peace Corps.
Mr. Toa’s first encounter with Peace Corps was in 2014 when they received a Peace Corps volunteer by the name of Tim Ward to their school. Tim taught Computer Studies to the senior students at Saint Patrick.
At the time, the school board had agreed that Tim would be hosted by one of the school teachers inside the school premises instead of him being hosted by a member of the community. In this way, Tim would be under the care and supervision of the school. After much discussion, Mr. Toa offered to be Tim’s host parent.
It was then that the goals of the Peace Corps mission became clearer to Mr. Toa. He recalled accompanying Tim to a week-long training on Santo, as his host Papa and counterpart, and his understanding grew brighter about the different services the Peace Corps program offers to a school and/or community."
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