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Grants Proposals due August 31, 2014

Posted: 7/1/2014
The Grants Program provides an opportunity for NorCal members to support a project in your country of service or a worthy project you know about. We want to hear from you! NorCal RPCV Debra Pritc ... read more

June Third Goal Report

Posted: 7/1/2014
Our Breaking Bad Story Jam packed then house featuring 5 Returned Peace Corps Speakers and international guests from Afghanistan and China ... read more

NorCal Selected to Host 2015 National Conference

Posted: 7/1/2014
By Will Spargur, NorCalPCA President I recently got back from the 2014 Peace Corps Connect Conference in Nashville.  I love going to these conferences.  They give me an opportunity to travel and ... read more

Phil Liston 1941-2014

Posted: 7/1/2014
Phil Liston (Colombia 64-66) passed away suddenly on June 30. Phil was a founding member of NorCal, a past president and an active, long-time member of our Grants Committee. Phil was a Co-ops ... read more

Grants Proposals due August 31, 2014

Posted: 6/1/2014
The Grants Program provides an opportunity for NorCal members to support a project in your country of service or a worthy project you know about. We want to hear from you! Applications are accepte ... read more

May Third Goal Report

Posted: 6/1/2014
The Third Goal Report documents our ongoing efforts to promote understanding between peoples of the world, commonly know as Peace Corps' Third Goal. May 3, Third Goal Film Series, Oakland ... read more

Book Review: Kilometer 99

Posted: 6/1/2014
By Meg Carter Tyler McMahon served in El Salvador in 2001, the year two major earthquakes devastated the country on January 13th and February 13th. His novel, Kilometer 99, captures the mora ... read more

World Mural Project at Ohlone Elementary School

Posted: 5/14/2014
By Meredith Vostrejs To raise global awareness, NCPCA supported the painting of a world map mural at Ohlone Elementary School in Palo Alto. The world map project is a Peace Corps tradition, starte ... read more

April Third Goal Report

Posted: 5/14/2014
April was a jammed pack month with our huge story jam in SF, Volunteer Send Offs in Fresno and San Francisco and much more ... read more

A Ground Level Perspective to World Events

Posted: 5/13/2014
Will Spargur NorCalPCA President NorCal’s transformation over the last 4 years has been extraordinary.   Our community engagement continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.  In April we reached ... read more

The Quiet Side: Western Ukraine

Posted: 5/13/2014
By Will Spargur In April we interviewed returned volunteers who had served in the tumultuous eastern part of Ukraine.  And while the east continues to draw headlines the picture is incomplete witho ... read more

Posh Corps Review

Posted: 4/15/2014
Posh Corps? Or Peace Corps? Every Peace Corps experience is different based on the host country, rural versus urban location, multiplicity of ethnic groups living together and a milliard of other factors. ... read more

March Volunteer Services Report

Posted: 4/15/2014
On March 15 our East Bay Director Katherine Macdougall facilitated a job search workshop featuring Joe Lurie, RPCV Kenya ... read more

March Third Goal Report

Posted: 4/15/2014
March was a busy month with a story workshop and practice jam in SF, a story jam in Monterey and matching returned volunteer speakers ... read more

Evacuated Volunteers: Ukraine

Posted: 4/15/2014
On February 24, 2014 Peace Corps officially announced that it had evacuated 200 volunteers from Ukraine. NorCal interviewed volunteers who among those evacuated. ... read more

The Many Identities of Eastern Ukraine

Posted: 4/15/2014
Eastern Ukraine has captured worldwide attention.  To give context to these events we interviewed three recently returned Volunteers who served in the Eastern Ukraine: Jing Li, Julia Lee and, Kyle Borley ... read more

New Jobs Information Sessions

Posted: 3/5/2014
NorCal is launching a new imitative of brown bag lunches designed to connect recent returnees with employers in the Bay Area and beyond. ... read more

Third Goal Report February

Posted: 3/2/2014
February was a busy month with a Story Jam in Oakland, Film Night in San Francisco and matching returned volunteer speakers. ... read more

Feb 25 Peace Corps Week Film Night

Posted: 2/8/2014
Celebrate Peace Corps Week with Three Films on Peace Corps service, volunteer development projects, and women's empowerment in the developing world by local filmmakers. Admission $5 ... read more

NorCal Current Events Meetup

Posted: 2/2/2014
Lie (RPCV The Gambia, '05-08) is setting up a monthly "Current Events By Location Meetup" in San Francisco to start in March. Lie was recognized in 2013 at a ceremony at the White House as a Champion ... read more