RPCV’s making the news! Weekly local spotlight

Read below for stories about RPCV’s making positive changes in their hometown and beyond.  Compiled by the Peace Corps Midwest Regional office.

Illinois: VIDEO – Changing lives together through Illinois State’s Peace Corps MI program: https://stories.illinoisstate.edu/magazine/illinois-state/state-side/video-changing-lives-together-through-illinois-states-peace-corps-program/

MINNESOTA: Kyrgyzstan RPCV’s mother writes a book about her Peace Corps service: http://www.swnewsmedia.com/chaska_herald/half-a-world-a-way/article_0ebfac11-b83d-52e1-bfbd-c2ccdf52118b.html

SOUTH DAKOTAN: Ukraine RPCV earns recognition as first female commander for a South Dakota National Guard unit: http://www.yankton.net/community/article_fb993b04-5cec-11e5-9a3c-c3a075ee9e8f.html

MISSOURI: RPCVs recalling Peace Corps training in the U.S.:  http://kbia.org/post/thinking-out-loud-returned-peace-corps-volunteers-recall-1966-mu-and-three-creeks-training

Peace Corps Stories

Interview with RPCV who was first woman of color to go in space: http://fortune.com/2015/09/12/first-woman-of-color-in-space/

Why job candidates from Peace Corps, AmeriCorps are good for business – column by Peace Corps director: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-hesslerradelet/why-job-candidates-from-p_b_8148698.html

Midwest Blog Stories

MINNESOTA: Savage native begins Peace Corps service in Senegal: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/18/savage-minn-native-begins-peace-corps-service-in-senegal/

MICHIGAN: Berrien Springs native begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/16/berrien-springs-mich-resident-begins-peace-corps-service-in-mozambique/

MISSOURI: St. Louis native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/16/st-louis-native-begins-peace-corps-service-in-paraguay/

OHIO: Ohio native takes advantage of Peace Corps Master’s International Program: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/15/ohio-native-takes-advantage-of-the-peace-corps-masters-international-program/

MISSOURI: Peace Corps visits Lincoln University to find the next generation of international volunteers: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/14/peace-corps-visits-lincoln-university-to-find-the-next-generation-of-international-volunteers/

OHIO: Ohio native brings passion for agriculture to Peace Corps Paraguay: http://midwestpcvs.com/2015/09/11/ohio-native-brings-passion-for-agriculture-to-peace-corps-paraguay/


New Peace Corps Pledge perfectly encapsulates vision and goals of service.

If you ever wondered what Peace Corps service was all about and what it means to us, read our new pledge written for the swearing-in of volunteers.  It was written by Meleia Egger, former RPCV to Malawi and current Peace Corps Third Goal Program Specialist.

The Peace Corps Pledge:

I, first, last name, promise to serve alongside the people of country of service.

I promise to share my culture with an open heart and open mind.

I promise to foster an understanding of the people of country of service with creativity, cultural sensitivity and respect.

I will face the challenges of service with patience, humility and determination.

I will embrace the mission of world peace and friendship for as long as I serve and beyond.

In the proud tradition of Peace Corps’ legacy and in the spirit of the Peace Corps family — past, present and future — I am a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Meleia Egger, RPCV Malawi, 2007-2009