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Serving the Kansas City area returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCV),
providing community service and promoting Peace Corps and international awareness.

Free Event!
Join us to share stories from around the world and connect with our local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers!
Oh, and help us with head count by RSVPing! We hope to see a full house!
kc.rpcv@yahoo.comkansascitypca@gmail.comKC-RPCVs on Facebook

Free Event!

Join us to share stories from around the world and connect with our local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers!

Oh, and help us with head count by RSVPing! We hope to see a full house!

kc.rpcv@yahoo.com
kansascitypca@gmail.com
KC-RPCVs on Facebook

— 1 month ago
December “First Monday” at McCoy’s in Westport with KCAPCA members Denney & Linda, Roger, Craig, Kirsty, Jim, Sandi and (not shown because she’s taking the picture) Cathy.

December “First Monday” at McCoy’s in Westport with KCAPCA members Denney & Linda, Roger, Craig, Kirsty, Jim, Sandi and (not shown because she’s taking the picture) Cathy.

— 4 months ago
#first monday  #mccoy's 
peacecorps:

On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. We trace our roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His inspiration led to the establishment of this agency in 1961 with a mission to promote world peace and friendship.
Today, we are more vital than ever, working in collaboration with public and private partners in emerging and essential areas such as education, information technology, agriculture and environment, and business development in countries around the world. The Peace Corps is committed to giving all Americans who want to serve the opportunity to make a difference and bring their experience back home to enrich their communities here in the United States.
Since 1961, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have responded to Kennedy’s enduring challenge, demonstrating how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation.

peacecorps:

On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. We trace our roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His inspiration led to the establishment of this agency in 1961 with a mission to promote world peace and friendship.

Today, we are more vital than ever, working in collaboration with public and private partners in emerging and essential areas such as education, information technology, agriculture and environment, and business development in countries around the world. The Peace Corps is committed to giving all Americans who want to serve the opportunity to make a difference and bring their experience back home to enrich their communities here in the United States.

Since 1961, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have responded to Kennedy’s enduring challenge, demonstrating how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation.

(Source: 1.usa.gov)

— 4 months ago with 10865 notes
Profile: Ruth Stepien, India 1966-68

Why did you want to join the Peace Corps?

From the time I graduated from high school in 1962, through business college, then working, there were many ads on TV and newspapers promoting the Peace Corps. At that point, I had not been out of the Midwest, so I thought that would be great adventure, to travel and to help “save” the world. But, not knowing what I was qualified to do, as I was working at the time as a secretary, I applied anyway.

Back then, the application was a twelve-page paper document. And..I was accepted for India! With my secretarial experience, I was put into a new program “World Wide Secretaries”. This was at the height of the Peace Corps around 1966, regional PC offices were being opened in many countries and administrative help was needed in these offices.

Training was in Washington, DC for three months. Most of us had been working as a secretary. They slotted us for 14 different countries, so each country group had their own language and cultural classes. Hindi was my language and it was, indeed, tough.

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Lillian Carter, Peace Corps Volunteer and mother of President Jimmy Carter, worked as a nurse in a hospital. India - 1968

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— 6 months ago with 1 note
#Ruth  #India  #secretary  #1966-68  #hyderabad  #north dakota  #Sprint  #retired 
Had a wonderful time at the Blue Nile Cafe in the River Market. — with Cathy McLeod, Ruth Ficek Stepien, Kirsty Morgan, Falak N’ Imran, Sharese Yount with Win, Nicole Hastings, Stephanie Sullivan, Nova Maack, Tom Crane, Tom Sullivan and Joe ONeal with fellow teacher, Lou.

Had a wonderful time at the Blue Nile Cafe in the River Market. — with Cathy McLeod, Ruth Ficek Stepien, Kirsty Morgan, Falak N’ Imran, Sharese Yount with Win, Nicole Hastings, Stephanie Sullivan, Nova Maack, Tom Crane, Tom Sullivan and Joe ONeal with fellow teacher, Lou.

— 6 months ago
#Third Thursday  #Blue Nile Cafe 
RPCV Shaz Davison presentation on Belize

Shaz Davison was the guest speaker giving a Third Goal presentation on her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize on Saturday night, September 28th.

Peace Corps service continues long after Volunteers leave their posts. President Kennedy stated that the Third Goal of the Peace Corps is to “strengthen Americans’ understanding about the world and its peoples.” 

Dr. Shaz Davison, recently returned from Belize, March 2011- June 2013, sharrf her experiences in the Peace Corps. Along with other assignments, Dr. Davison served primarily as a Business and Organization volunteer, and in the course of her assignments had developed and enhanced skills in Formal Capacity Building, Informative Public Meetings, Social work, Community Development, NGO Development, Fundraising, Lobbying, Media Campaigning and Marketing. Shaz’ assignment was unique in that it led to assisting multiple locations to becoming functional and knowledgeable about the many processes and activities as it relates to advocacy work in 8 offices and 6 Districts. Shaz has created a reputation as a hard worker willing to go the extra mile to create healthy relationships with agencies and organizations to bring awareness to issues concerning older persons.

The KCAPCA was excited to bring this presentation to the Waldo Library in Kansas City.

After the presentation, several KCAPCA members (Kirsty, Jim & Joe) joined Shaz at the Taj Mahal restaurant in Waldo.

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— 6 months ago
#Belize  #Shaz Davison  #presentation 
KCAPCA booth shared with KKFI — with Kirsty and Joe at Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Kansas City’s Swope Park on Saturday, August 17th.

KCAPCA booth shared with KKFI — with Kirsty and Joe at Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Kansas City’s Swope Park on Saturday, August 17th.

— 8 months ago
#Joe  #Kirsty  #Ethnic Enrichment Festival 
"Something to share if you have been thinking about the heat: I once took a bus in southern Malawi and it was over 100 in the shade. Out in the middle of nowhere, the bus stopped to pick up a man with a three-piece suit, a hat, and an overcoat. When I questioned him in the local language as to why he was wearing all those clothes, and wasn’t he kinda hot - he replied to me in perfect English, “A gentleman knows no weather.” I was appropriately chastised, and had nothing more to say."
Tom Crane
— 8 months ago with 1 note
#Tom  #Malawi  #quote  #story 
Profile: Joe O’Neal, Nepal 1996-98

Why did you want to join the Peace Corps?

I can recall seeing the (Peace Corps) commercials on TV, and I always wanting to be that individual who was in the middle of nowhere, teaching in a rural school, with no electricity, and no running water. I wanted to be that person. I vividly recall, that was always a dream of mine. And I think that was in high school.

And my brother had an almost-fiance who had served in Ecuador, back in the 80s. They were kind of going together and I was taking Spanish in high school and I figured I could practice my Spanish (with her). So, I always wrote back (to her) in Spanish. I always thought that was the coolest thing to do after college (to serve in the Peace Corps). And I wanted to be that person on the TV living in the remote village and being able to experience the (Peace Corps) mantra, “The toughest job you’ll ever love.” That’s what motivated me.

I was at a crossroads in my life. I was 31 years old and had finished a lot of my education but I really wasn’t settled or established. And I figured that was the time to do it. I went through the application process. And, that was my driving force those months, to get my stuff and get up and go.

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— 9 months ago
#Joe  #Nepal  #Education  #ESL  #Teacher Trainer  #Nepali  #Optimist Club  #math teacher  #south Kansas City  #Southwest Missouri State University  #University of Missouri - Columbia  #William Woods University  #Jefferson City 

A beautiful day greeted members of our local KC area RPCV group who gathered at the Kansas City, MO Habitat for Humanity office on July 6, 2013 for a work day.   Included were Denney Rives, Joe O’Neal, Ruth Stepien, Margo Repinsky (Ruth’s daughter) and Francisco Chavez.   Also working was Brandon, Danica, a prospective house owner, and two members of Habitat.  Our project for the day was painting the exterior of a refurbished house at 2917 Flora.  We managed to apply two coats of paint to the new siding and it turned out very nice.  It was a great day working as a team for the community.

— 9 months ago
#Ruth  #Joe  #Denney  #Habitat for Humanity  #submission