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Preaching to the Choir Story Jam

Posted: 1/10/2015
Our final story jam of 2014, the Preaching to the Choir Jam, took place at Salle Events in San Francisco on December 18.  It was a cold rainy night and although the weather outside was frightful o ... read more

How do you talk about Peace Corps Service

Posted: 1/12/2015
How can a returned Peace Corps volunteer talk about two of the most transformative years of their lives in ten minutes?  ... read more

2015 Board Candidates

Posted: 1/1/2015
The list of candidates running for open positions on the Board Starting Jan 31, 2015 ... read more

2015 Board Elections

Posted: 12/1/2014
ABOUT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION BOARD ELECTIONS The Northern California Peace Corps Association is governed by an volunteer board of directors. Any Northern California Peace Corps ... read more

The Best Year Ever

Posted: 1/15/2015
By Will Spargur This is my last letter as President of the Northern California Peace Corps Association.  Our ByLaws limit the president to just four years but it has been a thrilling ride never- ... read more

Recently Returned Thanksgiving Transition Workshop

Posted: 12/7/2014
By Tess Marstaller NorCal’s first Recently Returned Thanksgiving event was a huge success!  Thanks to an outpouring of generosity from two RPCV hosts and the positive energy of 30 parti ... read more

Film Night in San Jose Showcases RPCV Movies, Art and Music

Posted: 12/1/2014
By Alan Toth The third and final Third-Goal Film Night took place in San Jose on Thursday November 6th. The event was hosted by a San Jose publishing company and art gallery called Art Bout ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Stephanie Starch

Posted: 12/1/2014
By Will Spargur How did you get involved in Storytelling? I went to a Story Jam and thought, ‘This is cool.’  The stories were so good and I wanted to try it out.  Then I got an email from you ... read more

The Story Jam That Almost Wasn’t

Posted: 12/1/2014
By John Hoban Sometimes the best projects come together at the last minute. Justina Wu had seen that happen many times as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, but it wasn’t until she volunteered t ... read more

Story Jam Draws Big Crowd in Monterey

Posted: 12/1/2014
By Sarah Michelle Sterling Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Fall 2014 RPCV Story Jam in Monterey! The event was held at the Monterey Hostel, and we had over sixty people in atte ... read more

Dec 2014 NorCal Grants Updates

Posted: 12/1/2014
All funding for the NorCal 2014 Grants Recipients has been distributed.  Honey and Beeswax project of the Dumagat Remontado, Philippines ($1,800) Mr. Dazzle Lapadis of the Philippine ... read more

Oct 11 Point Reyes Service Day

Posted: 11/1/2014
On Saturday, October 11th, twenty-two RPCVs, along with some of their friends and family, spent the day doing trail maintenance in Point Reyes. This event is a long standing NorCal PCA tradition and ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Rustin Crandall

Posted: 11/1/2014
By Will Spargur How did you get involved with the Storytelling Series? I saw that there would be a workshop in Palo Alto.  I wanted not to perform but to learn the structure of how to tell a ... read more

Ukraine: An On the Ground Perspective at the Commonwealth Club

Posted: 11/1/2014
It’s been nearly one year since protestors began gathering in the Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, eventually forcing out President Viktor Yanukovych.  In the following turmoil Russia annexed Crim ... read more

Stories by Candle Light, the Scary Story Jam

Posted: 11/1/2014
On October 30th, the San Francisco Giants were not the only ones celebrating. Last Thursday we celebrated the one year anniversary of sharing cross cultural stories with the public with our second annual Scary Story Jam in San Francisco. ... read more

Changing of the Guard: Our Profound Thanks to Sharon Heiny

Posted: 11/1/2014
Sharon Heiny (Ukraine, 09-10) has been Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter since 2011. She generously donated her time developing content, rounding up volunteer authors and editors, and choosing interesting and unique themes for each monthly edition. ... read more

Banner Image and Tagline Contest for the 2015 Peace Corps Connect Conference!

Posted: 10/1/2014
Calling all designers and creative types! We want your submissions eye-catching banner and tagline to promote Peace Corps Connect 2015 national conference we are hosting in Berkeley on June 5-6. The winner(s) of the contest will receive $250 in prizes. ... read more

Sep 20 Welcome Back Party and Annual BBQ Recap

Posted: 9/1/2014
Come to our Annual Welcome Back Party for Recently Returning Volunteers on Sept 20 to show the newbies their service is appreciated and what a great support network NorCal provides ... read more

August Third Goal Report

Posted: 9/1/2014
This month we are rolling up our sleeves in preparation for a busy year of spreading the Third Goal.  NorCal will be hosting workshops on giving classroom presentations and more storytelling workshops and jams. ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Lizzie LaCroix

Posted: 9/1/2014
Lizzie LaCroix is a Development and Outreach Associate at Hesperian Health Guides, the publisher of, 'Where There Is No Doctor'. Although Lizzie is not an RPCV she had a great cross cultural story to tell. ... read more