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| PC changes "cash in lieu" travel policy|
Read and comment on this memo from Peace Corps' General Counsel that explains the new policy for paying "cash in lieu" to Volunteers at their Completion of Service (COS). New RPCVs can still take the long way home, though they will likely have less money in their pockets because of the new policy. Peace Corps received $30 million more this year than in FY03 but is there a budget crunch now at Peace Corps? What do you think of the new policy?
| This Month's Issue: August 2004|
Teresa Heinz Kerry celebrates the Peace Corps Volunteer as one of the best faces America has ever projected in a speech to the Democratic Convention. The National Review disagreed and said that Heinz's celebration of the PCV was "truly offensive." What's your opinion and who can come up with the funniest caption for our Current Events Funny?
Exclusive: Director Vasquez speaks out in an op-ed published exclusively on the web by Peace Corps Online saying the Dayton Daily News' portrayal of Peace Corps "doesn't jibe with facts."
In other news, the NPCA makes the case for improving governance and explains the challenges facing the organization, RPCV Bob Shaconis says Peace Corps has been a "sacred cow", RPCV Shaun McNally picks up support for his Aug 10 primary and has a plan to win in Connecticut, and the movie "Open Water" based on the negligent deaths of two RPCVs in Australia opens August 6. Op-ed's by RPCVs: Cops of the World is not a good goal and Peace Corps must emphasize community development.
| Peace Corps: One of the Best Faces of America|
Teresa Heinz Kerry spoke to the Democratic National Convention about the Peace Corps: "To me, one of the best faces America has ever projected is the face of a Peace Corps volunteer. That face symbolizes this country: young, curious, brimming with idealism and hope — and a real, honest compassion. Those young people convey an idea of America that is all about — heart and creativity, generosity and confidence, a practical, can-do sense and a big, big smile." Here's a different view of what she said.
| Director Vasquez Speaks Out|
Last month we reported on the Senate hearings on Peace Corps Safety and Security. Now Director Vasquez speaks out in an op-ed piece and says that Dayton Daily News portrayal of Peace Corps doesn't jibe with facts. Has DDN provided "slanted coverage" and "misinformation?" Read the editorial from the DDN, the Director's reply and leave your opinion.
| NPCA endorses plan to Improve Governance|
As requested by the Presidents' Forum last summer in Portland OR, the NPCA Board has studied ways to improve its performance by reducing the Board's size and changing its composition. On August 7, the President's Forum endorsed the plan and it will now be placed before the NPCA membership in the fall as an amendment to the Bylaws. Read the executive summary and the supporting material including NPCA's Challenges Today and Tomorrow and what RCPVs say about the changes, then leave your own comments.
| Peace Corps Safety Issues|
Are Assaults increasing for Peace Corps Volunteers? Read the complete series on Volunteer Safety and Security from the Dayton Daily News and the Peace Corps' Response to the Series. Then join RPCV discussions here, here, and here.
RPCVs remember the Peace Corps Fallen
PCVs who have died in the Peace Corps by Date, Country of Service, and Cause.
| American Taboo|
Read the story of Volunteer Deborah Gardner's murder in Tonga in 1976 and how her killer has been free for the past 28 years with the help of the Peace Corps. Read an excerpt from Philip Weiss' book documenting the murder and coverup. Then read an essay by RPCV Bob Shaconis who says that Peace Corps' treatment as a "sacred cow" has exempted it from public scrutiny and that the agency has labored to preserve its shining reputation, sometimes at the expense of the very principles it is supposed to embody.
| Promises not Funded are Promises not Kept|
Read the op-ed on the President's promise to double the Peace Corps by 2007, why the Peace Corps is admitting that it isn't going to happen, and what RPCVs can do to help.
| Election 2004 and the Peace Corps|
Read our articles on what the candidates say they are going to do for the Peace Corps if elected, read which candidate's policies best support the Spirit and Mission of the Peace Corps, and take our poll of RPCVs for Bush or RPCVs for Kerry. Previous Poll Results are here at the top of the page.
| Are Rapes and Assaults increasing against PCVs? Read the entire series by the Dayton Daily News on assaults in the Peace Corps and why they are rising. Then what RPCVs say about the series |
...in Volunteer services. Read our exclusive story on what needs to be done to support volunteers and reduce attrition rates.
Peace Corps census at Record High
The Peace Corps census is at the highest level in almost 30 years. Read our analysis of what this means and about concerns about maintaining the quality of programs and the volunteer experience and about changes in recruitment that the Peace Corps is taking to reach this level. Latest: Peace Corps admits Bush's 2007 expansion goal is unattainable.
Promises not Kept
Promises not funded are promises not kept.
Watch Director Vasquez on web tv
See the Peace Corps Director speak to High School students in Maryland.
Omnibus Bill passes
An update to our story on the bill with a 10% increase in Peace Corps funding. Congratulations Peace Corps. Thanks RPCVs.
Peace Corps Budget Victory
Read how RPCVs helped lobby to get Peace Corps their highest level of funding in history.
Send in the Peace Corps?
Should the Peace Corps be heading into Iraq and Afghanistan? What do you think?
Glimpses of Afghanistan
Read this memoir of a Country Director in Afghanistan in the 1960's then read about an RPCV working in Afghanistan today.
Read the GAO Report on Safety and Security of Volunteers.
Peace Corps Charter
Read about the new Peace Corps bill going through Congress. Compare the Senate and House versions of the bill here.
The Numbers Game
Double the Peace Corps - but maintain the quality of the programs and the volunteer experience.
The Shrivers: A Special Legacy
The Founding Director of the Peace Corps and his future plans.
Alcohol Abuse a big issue for PCVs in Central Asia
Read about the health hazard PC Staff is warning volunteers in former Soviet Republics about.
Peace Corps to add 1,000 AIDS/HIV volunteers
Director Vasquez's new initiative to expand the Peace Corps in Africa.
Read how 1,800 RPCVs organized to place two half-page ads in the New York Times. Here's the email that got it started, how they met their goal and the ad as it ran.
PCVs honor Royal Marines
The Friends of Malaysia honor the Royal Marines who saved a Peace Corps Volunteer from terrorists in 1962.
A Modest Proposal
Read the op-ed by John Coyne on how to expand and revitalize the NPCA and what you can do to help.
Become a Peace Corps Advocate
Join the NPCA's nationwide network of RPCVs who will lobby Senators and Congressmen on behalf of Peace Corps legislation.
RPCV Spy dies in Moscow
The strange story of the RPCV who defected to Russia.
The IDPA: PC Forerunner
The IDPA, a forerunner of the Peace Corps, created in 1951 to place people with indigenous organizations and governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
George and Jack
RPCV Chris Matthews talks about the parallels between JFK and President George W. Bush including the strong support of both Presidents of the Peace Corps.
Read this op-ed on the pain and suffering that forged JFK's character.
Winning the Hearts and Minds?
Collin Tong led the RPCV effort to place two anti-war ads in the New York Times. Now read his op-ed about the situation in Iraq today.
Peace Corps opens Career Centers
Last year RPCVs asked Peace Corps to reconsider the rule limiting the usage of Peace Corps Career Centers to only 1 year after Completion of Service. Here's what happened
The Case for Peace Corps Independence
Why the USA Freedom Corps doesn't make sense by former Peace Corps Deputy Director David Searles.
Preservation of an Independent Peace Corps
Returned Volunteers insist that the Peace Corps must remain an independent agency to do its job.