NorCal News

Featured Storyteller: Janet Allen

Posted: 1/11/2016
As I worked on my story I learned more about what I experienced. Even though my experience happened 30 years ago, I knew something about it was powerful for me but I had never sat down and thought, ‘Why is this story significant to me?’. ... read more

Wow! What a Year! - A Global Presenters Program Wrap-Up

Posted: 1/11/2016
Despite the holiday season, there was still great demand in having global presenters speak during the months of November and December. ... read more

Join Us Dec. 15! It's Our Global Presenters Celebrate & Share Event!

Posted: 12/9/2015
With our first year as a formal speakers program coming to a close, we can't wait to honor and celebrate you, our global presenters! Together, you presented at more than 100 speaking opportuni ... read more

Keeping the Audience's Attention with Humor and Other Tactics

Posted: 12/9/2015
Q&A with Allison Bakamjian By Betsy Aaron, Global Presenters Coordinator Allison Bakamjian is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Colombia from 2012-14. Her assignment was focused on ... read more

Community Organizing in India

Posted: 12/9/2015
By Marlow Schindler Dwayne Hunn served as an Urban Community Development Volunteer in India from 1966 to 1968. Dwayne was part of an experimental group of volunteers who pioneered Urban Community ... read more

Recently Returned Thanksgiving Celebration

Posted: 12/9/2015
By Davin Lal On November 21st 2015, NorCal Peace Corps Association hosted their 2nd annual transition workshop and Thanksgiving Dinner for RPCVs who recently returned within 18 months of their se ... read more

2016 Board Elections!

Posted: 12/9/2015
The Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCalPCA) is governed by an volunteer board of directors. Any NorCalPCA member can run for the board. The board is responsible for ensuring the org ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Sue Castle and The Phone Call

Posted: 11/4/2015
Sue Castle's son Nick passed away while serving in China in 2013.  Since Nick’s death Sue has worked advocating for improved health care for Volunteers.  Although much has been reported about Nick’s death Sue wanted to tell his story in her own voice. ... read more

Grants Committee

Posted: 11/4/2015
We are grateful to the many people who purchased 2015 International Calendars with proceeds going to the NorCal Grants Program.  Funds were also contributed by generous donors, including the friends ... read more

NorCal Announces the 2015 Grants Recipients

Posted: 11/1/2015
Congratulations to the following projects chosen to receive grants: 1.  $2,000 to a Peace Corps Partnership Project in Ñaupe, Peru, proposed by current PCV Jason Emmons, from Yuba City, California ... read more

Serving Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

Posted: 10/5/2015
Saturday, September 19 turned out to be a beautiful day for our Welcome Back BBQ for recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Berkeley. Over 50 RPCVs, friends and family gathered to celebrate the newest batch of RPCVs. ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Craig Berger

Posted: 10/6/2015
I was very nervous. The nervousness built up to where ten minutes before my performance I was plotting ways to get out. ... read more

Tips and Tricks on Public Speaking with RPCV Joe Lurie

Posted: 10/5/2015
Joe Lurie served in Kenya from 1969-70. For 20 years, he was the Executive Director of the International House at UC Berkeley, housing nearly 600 students from over 75 countries. He is a cross-cultural communication trainer and author. ... read more

September - A Stellar Month for Our Speakers Program

Posted: 10/6/2015
We've continued to match speaking opportunities with RPCVs who want to share their inspiring stories. Year to date, 74 RPCVs have filled 94 speaking opportunities. ... read more

Don't Tell Mom Story Jam

Posted: 9/8/2015
By Will Spargur On August 18 we hosted our last story jam at the Dark Room Theater in the Mission.  It has since closed its doors and we will be moving to a new venue for our October story jam.  ... read more

Citizen Ambassador to Volunteer Advocate

Posted: 9/8/2015
By Marlow Schindler Not everyone has the distinct honor of having a Macedonian library named after them, but that is just one of the the accomplishments Tara has under her belt with “Bibliote ... read more

Shinita Garza: Using Stories in Presentations

Posted: 9/8/2015
By Will Spargur I recently watched you present at American Indian Charter School II in downtown Oakland. You did a great presentation. Have you done it before? No, that was my first one. Apparent ... read more

Sept 2015 Grants Update

Posted: 9/8/2015
Akhadesh Association for Human Development, Morocco NorCal member Jennifer Lawrence (RPCV Morocco) provided a final report from the Akhadesh Association for Human Development that received $1,00 ... read more

Support NorCal Grants with a Calendar

Posted: 9/8/2015
SOLD OUT Each year the Madison, WI, RPCV group produces a spectacular calendar. This stunning calendar not only features photos of people in Peace Corps countries, but also many interesting facts a ... read more

Global Presenters: Gearing Up for Fall

Posted: 8/1/2015
By Betsy Aaron, Global Presenters Outreach Coordinator Frank Price will be the first in a line-up of RPCVs speaking in the Petaluma Senior Center speaking series taking place monthly September th ... read more

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