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Featured Events

Beyond Borders
Mar 3 Storytelling Workshop


We all have stories to tell. That’s the Third Goal of Peace Corps, to share with people back home the experiences from our service overseas.  Beyond Borders Storytelling is hosting a storytelling workshop to help people turn those experiences into engaging stories.  The workshop is open to anyone who has a story with an international twist,  not just Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

This workshop is perfect for those wanting to go that next step and perform before a live audience at the Story Jam in April.
Workshop is FREE to all. Pizza will be provided.  Details and RSVP Info Here>>

June 5-6, Peace Corps Connect
Registration is Open!


The National Peace Corps Association and the Northern California Peace Corps Association are pleased to announce that Peace Corps Connect will take place in Berkeley, Calif. on June 5-6, 2015. We look forward to a weekend of engaging speakers, dynamic workshops and opportunities for participants to network and share their Peace Corps stories! Details>>

2013 Festival of Cultures Recap

Last Update: 2/1/2013 10:24 AM

2013 Festival Fashion Show

On January 26th the Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCal) hosted the 2013 Festival of Cultures at the Women’s Club in Palo Alto, California. For three hours Peace Corps applicants, nominees, the general public and children from local schools were treated to exhibits, food, a fashion show, panel discussions and presentations by 50 returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Palo Alto Mayor, Greg Scharff gave the Festival’s opening remarks connecting his childhood in apartheid South Africa with his subsequent service with Amnesty International as an elections monitor in the Philippines in the 1980s when Ferdinand Marcos was removed from power.

After the Festival, NorCal held its Annual General Meeting and hosted a dinner fundraiser and chocolate tasting courtesy of Brett Beach of Madecasse. NorCal raised more than $3,000 from sponsorships and the dinner to pay for the costs of the Festival and to support more events like it in the coming year.

This event could not have happened without the amazing work of our dedicated event planners: Will Spargur, Jayne Booker, Laura Marshall, Frank Price, Kathryn Rato, Stephen Watkins, Janet Allen, Martha Stein, Madeline Wu and Katherine Macdougall.

Photos from the event on flickr

Thanks to the following for their donations and sponsorships to help make this event a success: Mendoza & Associates, Hesperian, Refugee Transitions, Madecasse, Janet Greig, Madeline Wu, Alexander-Divinski Family, Will Spargur, Jennifer Batty and several anonymous donations.