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- 2007.02.12: February 12, 2007: Headlines: COS - Poland: Humor: Music: Swans: Poland RPCV Troy Headrick writes: Peace Corps Volunteers have historically been viewed as eccentrics or idealistic, hippie types who were out to save the world Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 10:11 pm 
- 2006.01.10: January 10, 2006: Headlines: Humor: Personal web Site: RPCV Denise writes: I was deeply asleep when I woke suddenly to the sound of screaming. First one person, then two, then five or six. Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 2:19 pm 
- 2006.12.04: December 4, 2006: Headlines: Humor: Twenties: Recruitment: The Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press: Amy Alkon says: Your 20s, especially your early 20s, are the time to make a mess of your life — date the wrong guys, take the wrong jobs, and join and quit the Peace Corps: "Turns out I'm more attached to indoor plumbing than I thought!" Wednesday, December 27, 2006 - 5:43 am 
- 2006.08.07: August 7, 2006: Headlines: Tibet: Airplanes: Humor: Chico Enterprise-Record: Gina Ellena writes: Les, a Peace Corps volunteer, field supervisor Ed, and I flew from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a DC-3 where we sat along the fuselage facing a cargo of red chilies that stung eyes and noses Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 10:46 am 
- 2006.08.07: August 7, 2006: Headlines: Humor: Wildlife: Roanoke Times: A Peace Corps volunteer was walking alone through the bush when he rounded a curve in the road and came upon a bull elephant Friday, August 18, 2006 - 9:53 am 
- 2006.08.07: August 7, 2006: Headlines: Humor: Charlotte Observer: Stephen Colbert says: The Peace Corps identifies people who hate America, then ships them overseas. Hard to camp out with Cindy Sheehan when you're digging a well in Burundi. Tuesday, August 08, 2006 - 9:28 am 
- 2006.07.18: July 18, 2006: Headlines: Plumbing: Humor: Enter Stage Right: RPCV W. Hodding Carter writes Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:54 am 
- 2006.04.01: April 1, 2006: Headlines: COS - Mali: Humor: Radio: Communications: USAID: Wilson Quarterl: Robert Pringle says: A favorite entertainment is to tap a newly arrived American Peace Corps volunteer to play disc jockey and practice his or her Bambara language skills on the air, a performance that Malian audiences find most entertaining Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 10:56 am 
- January 20, 2006: Headlines: COS - Tunisia: Journalism: Humor: Politics: Language: Washington Post: Al Kamen writes: Words fail Bush Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 4:48 pm 
- January 23, 2006: Headlines: COS - Ukraine: Humor: The Gazette: Ukraine PCV P. Jay Werner needed help herself while home on a visit Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 9:51 am 
- May 13, 2005: Headlines: Recruitment: Humor: Personal Web Site: Sarah Gregory writes: "Good afternoon, Chicago Peace Corps Office" Friday, July 01, 2005 - 11:06 am 
- July 1, 1991: Headlines: COS - Liberia: Journalism: Sports: Cursing: Humor: Columbia Journalism Review: Liberia RPCV Dick Haws writes on Sports and Cursing Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 3:17 pm 
- May 8, 2005: Headlines: COS - Tunisia: Journalism: Humor: Washington Post: Tunisia RPCV Al Kamen says "America is Working" coffee mugs made in China Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 4:04 pm 
- May 13, 2005: Headlines: COS - Tunisia: Journalism: Humor: Presidents - Bush: Washington Post: Tunisia RPCV Al Kamen says Bush is known to strap on his iPod Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 4:03 pm 
- May 13, 2005: Headlines: COS - Kyrgyzstan: Humor: Personal Web Site: PCV Michael Jacobs says: We have a saying among the volunteers here, "You are not a volunteer until you shit your pants." Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 3:25 pm 
- May 2, 2005: Headlines: COS - Armenia: Humor: Hair Removal: Omaha World-Herald: Andrew Ensz and his wife are going to Armenia with the Peace Corps next month. Short hair is mandatory. Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 2:35 pm 
- April 26, 2005: Headlines: Humor: Movies: State News: In the classic comedy movie "Airplane!," the main characters Ted and Elaine sign up for the Peace Corps, teach an African tribe to play basketball and have Tupperware parties Friday, April 29, 2005 - 1:52 pm 
- April 4, 2005: Headlines: COS - Cape Verde: Dating: Humor: In the Fray: Raque Kunz says: The Peace Corps had selected me to live and work on Santiago, the largest island in the Cape Verde archipelago. I had been so focused on my unsuccessful dating that I hadn’t realized my greater social accomplishment. Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 1:08 pm 
- April 4, 2005: Headlines: Cigarettes: Humor: The News Tribune: “By the time I left for the Peace Corps, I was pretty addicted,” she said. “One of my friends told me cigarettes would be a great gift for my host family, so I brought them cartons of Marlboros. I thought it was the best gift ever.” Decades later and armed with retrospect, she cringes. Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 12:59 pm 
- April 5, 2005: Headlines: Romance: Humor: ediets: Looking back, the last time a guy had been so tender to her was when Jake, her boyfriend of three years, told her he was enlisting in the Peace Corps to serve Third World countries that had gone ignored for far too long. He needed to become a whole man. For her. Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 12:54 pm 
- March 23, 2005: Headlines: COS - Tunisia: Journalism: World Bank: Humor: Washington Post: RPCV Al Kamen says: Some European allies were said to have been decidedly lukewarm to the president's pick for a new president of the World Bank Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 1:50 am 
- March 22, 2005: Headlines: COS - Colombia: Humor: Driving: Traffic: The News-Press: Colombia RPCV Jacquelyn Ferguson says the secret to driving in Boston was to not let drivers know you see them Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 1:28 am 
- February 14, 2005: Headlines: Parents: Hippies: Counseling: Humor: Dr. Brothers: Drugs: Unemployment: Seattle Post Intelligencer: Help! Our son wants to join the Peace Corps! As we recall from the 1960s, that's mostly a bunch of hippies or druggies wasting time instead of working. Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 2:19 am 
- December 25, 2003: Headlines: Humor: Aerospace Employment: Peace Corps Volunteer or Flight Attendant? Friday, January 21, 2005 - 11:57 pm 
- November 14, 2004: Headlines: Election2004: Humor: Happy Scrappy: RPCV Gene Stone writes The Bush Survival Bible Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 2:18 pm 
- August 24, 2004: Headlines: Sculpture: Bats: Animals: Humor: Hartford Courant: A decade ago, the Curtisses returned to Kent after nearly two decades during which they served in the Peace Corps and taught abroad. Denis removed 35 gallons of bat guano from the barn upon his return. Now he cleans the guano out yearly Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 5:24 pm 
- June 1, 1996: Humor: COS - Ivory Coast: COS - Cameroon: COS - Benin: COS - Burkina Faso: COS - Burundi: COS - Gabon: COS - Mali: COS - Niger: COS - Senegal: COS - Togo: Personal Web Site: Letters Home from Peace Corps - from somewhere in French-speaking West Africa (Part 1) Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 8:29 pm 
- June 1, 1996: Humor: COS - Ivory Coast: COS - Cameroon: COS - Benin: COS - Burkina Faso: COS - Burundi: COS - Gabon: COS - Mali: COS - Niger: COS - Senegal: COS - Togo: Personal Web Site: Letters Home from Peace Corps - from somewhere in French-speaking West Africa (Part 2) Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 1:14 pm 
- August 3, 2004: Headlines: Humor: The CADRE: The following is from the US Government Peace Corps Manual for its volunteers who work in the Amazon Jungle. It tells what to do in case you are attacked by an anaconda. Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 8:38 pm 
- August 8, 2004: Headlines: Humor: Law: Boston Herlad: RPCV William J. Horan is suing the Massachusetts Lottery Tuesday, July 04, 2006 - 5:00 pm 
- June 18, 2004: Headlines: Humor: Columbua Business Journal: When I returned home after my freshman year of college and told my father, a career Air Force man, my plans, he barely looked up from the morning paper before he said, "That's great, Beth. I had no idea you weren't afraid to eat bugs, live in abject poverty and not shower for a whole year." Monday, June 28, 2004 - 11:32 am 
- April 20, 2004: Headlines: Humor: Real Estate: SMU Daily Campus: In the 1950’s it was common for college students to work at a local diner, in the ‘60s to join protests, in the ‘70s to join the Peace Corps and in the ‘80s and ‘90s to bartend. Now the new trend is in real estate Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 5:16 pm 
- March 22, 2004 - Los Alamos Monitor: When Ralph Damiani taught algebra in high school in Africa during my first Peace Corps year, I found that there was a huge gulf between taking algebra and passing it with a B and teaching it Monday, March 22, 2004 - 4:46 pm 
- January 16, 2004 - Personal Web Site: The Peace Corps presentation was a couple of hours long, partly the expected tear-jerky-toughest-job-you’ll-ever-love blah blah schpeel you’d expect Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 5:56 pm 
- Humor Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 4:05 pm 
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When this story was posted in January 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:
| Ask Not|
As our country prepares for the inauguration of a President, we remember one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century and how his words inspired us. "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
| Latest: RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid |
Peace Corps made an appeal last week to all Thailand RPCV's to consider serving again through the Crisis Corps and more than 30 RPCVs have responded so far. RPCVs: Read what an RPCV-led NGO is doing about the crisis an how one RPCV is headed for Sri Lanka to help a nation he grew to love. Question: Is Crisis Corps going to send RPCVs to India, Indonesia and nine other countries that need help?
| The World's Broken Promise to our Children|
Former Director Carol Bellamy, now head of Unicef, says that the appalling conditions endured today by half the world's children speak to a broken promise. Too many governments are doing worse than neglecting children -- they are making deliberate, informed choices that hurt children. Read her op-ed and Unicef's report on the State of the World's Children 2005.
| Our debt to Bill Moyers|
Former Peace Corps Deputy Director Bill Moyers leaves PBS next week to begin writing his memoir of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Read what Moyers says about journalism under fire, the value of a free press, and the yearning for democracy. "We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country," he warns, "or we'll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we'll not save democracy from its own inertia."
| Is Gaddi Leaving?|
Rumors are swirling that Peace Corps Director Vasquez may be leaving the administration. We think Director Vasquez has been doing a good job and if he decides to stay to the end of the administration, he could possibly have the same sort of impact as a Loret Ruppe Miller. If Vasquez has decided to leave, then Bob Taft, Peter McPherson, Chris Shays, or Jody Olsen would be good candidates to run the agency. Latest: For the record, Peace Corps has no comment on the rumors.
| The Birth of the Peace Corps|
UMBC's Shriver Center and the Maryland Returned Volunteers hosted Scott Stossel, biographer of Sargent Shriver, who spoke on the Birth of the Peace Corps. This is the second annual Peace Corps History series - last year's speaker was Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughn.
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