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July, 2014

August Grants Updated

Posted: 8/1/2014
AUGUST 31st IS THE DEADLINE TO RECEIVE GRANTS PROPOSALS. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO. PCV Nathan Arnold in Panama recently provided an update about his Peace Corps project to build arborloo latr ... read more

The Summer Workout

Posted: 8/1/2014
July might be summer break at school but you would hardly know it by how busy our volunteers have been over the last month.  We started on July 7th, with our first ever story jam at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. ... read more

On getting from Point A to Point B in Mali

Posted: 8/1/2014
by Heather White Mali (2003-2005) One of the greatest coping strategies I developed while living in Mali was learning to lower my expectations of what I could accomplish. More specifically, I l ... read more

Getting from Point A to Point B in Ukraine

Posted: 8/1/2014
By Julia Lee I don’t have a smartphone. I didn’t have one when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer and if I had, things probably would have turned out differently. It all started in September 2011 when ... read more

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

Making Lemonade Out of a Terrorist Attack

Posted: 7/1/2014
By John Hoban In rural Niger, villages go completely still and quiet in the afternoon. Locals come indoors for a nap and hide from the relentless midday sun and heat. But in the small village of S ... read more

A Day Without Rice is a Bad Day

Posted: 7/1/2014
By Marlow Schindler The verb “to eat a meal” in Malagasy translates literally as “to eat rice.” Homegrown rice is the staple food of people in Madagascar, served at every meal.  Rice is so highly ... read more

Evan and Ivan

Posted: 7/1/2014
>by Athalia Markowitz In 2011, as Peace Corps celebrated its 50th anniversary with festivities in host countries across the globe, Evan Frazer was in the second year of his service as a Youth D ... read more