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2015 Festival of Cultures Recap

Posted: 2/8/2015
Click to View More Photos on Flickr The Northern California Peace Corps Association teamed up with the Ohlone Elementary School Global Awareness Team for this year’s, January 31st Annual Festival ... read more

What I Love About Being NorCal PCA’s Global Presenters Outreach Coordinator

Posted: 2/9/2015
When I saw the listing for an assistant for the NorCal Peace Corps Association’s speakers program, I hadn't been looking for a job. What grabbed me was “speakers program,” because where there are speakers, there are stories, and I love stories. ... read more

Peace Corps Prep

Posted: 2/10/2015
By Mary Casagrande The NorCalPCA Mentoring program continues to demonstrate value amongst prospective and returned volunteers! Our existing program, Mentoring for Recently Returned Volunteers, ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Megan McMahon

Posted: 2/10/2015
I was really nervous. I thought I would look at the audience and forget my entire story... ... read more

Congratulations to our newest board members

Posted: 2/10/2015
Every year approximately half of our board positions open or elections. This year we were blessed by a crop of candidates who bring remarkable credentials and energy to the board. ... read more

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