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By Admin1 (admin) on Friday, July 13, 2001 - 6:03 pm: Edit Post

New Jersey - Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey

By Oksana Pavliouk on Saturday, March 29, 2003 - 8:30 pm: Edit Post

Dear Peace Corps Volunteers!

I was researching the National Peace Corps Association website and came across your site. I took the liberty to email you because our work is very connected with high school students from 33 different countries and we hope to make a difference by bringing the world to our American families. May be, you can recommend us to one of your colleagues and their families:

I am a Regional Director for the Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), a non-profit grass-root educational foundation; headquartered in New York. PAX promotes international peace, friendship and understanding through the cross-cultural exchange and education of world citizens. Our program brings high school students from all over the world to come to the United States for an academic year, live with an American host family, study in a public high school and learn the true values of the democratic society. Our students come to the U.S. with big dreams, big hopes to learn the daily life of American people, be part of an American family and learn the American spirit of volunteerism!

Recently, we found out that more and more families decide not to take a foreign student. People have other things on their minds these days, whether it is the war in Iraq, a personal illness, a family or friend in need, or simply the constraints of a job or daily life. We are in the same boat like everybody else. But we try to remind our communities the reasons why the United States is the first country to have so many hosting families annually, why we do foreign exchange and why we work with teenagers. What can be better than the rush of good feelings when we tell a girl in South Korea or Thailand that she has a home in America, how exciting it is to get that first email from a student you will host and sense their excitement, and how good it feels to realize that you have a son or daughter in the other part of the world!

In these troubled times, it brings a lot of comfort to know that life does go on, that we can prevail over the fear and the anxiety by continuing to do what we do and by bringing more people into the PAX family so we can broaden our own support network to promote peace and understanding. All our students have good English skills and curious minds, they have full medical insurance and monthly allowance to cover their lunches at school, clothes/toiletries, calling cards, etc. The host family is asked to provide a bed, a quiet place to study, meals taken at home and a warm, supportive environment. Host families come in all shapes and colors! Families with teens or young children, retired couples or single parents are welcome to apply!

If you know anybody who might be interested in hosing an adorable PAX student, please email or call me back at 1-800-555-6211, ext. 302 for more information! Our excellent community coordinators provide the ongoing support to both the students and families and are available to meet with potential hosts. This is, indeed, the most valuable experience we can give to the teens from abroad and truly make a difference, one child at a time!

Thank you again for your ongoing work towards peace!!


Oksana Pavliouk,
1-800-555-6211, ext. 302

By Geraldine Gillio on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 - 9:15 pm: Edit Post

RPCV-NJ GATHERING Saturday August 30th,2003
TAKE TO THE WOODS! Come anytime after noon for boating or swimming or tennis. Farm tour in later in afternoon. BRING THE FAMILY!
Bar-B-Que late afternoon- bring a dish.
RSVP *A MUST-1-973-762-5670 Rowland for specifics.
Sugarbarb Farm is a tree farm owned by Tracy and Barb Cate near Blairstown.
Directions: Route 1-80 Exit 12. Go North towards Blairstown. Take the right onto COUNTY RT. 608 (later called Silver Lake Road). Go 5 miles and watch for WHITE sign =SUGARBARB FARM at foot of driveway on RIGHT just after GENESIS FARM.
Turn in and go 1/4 mile to the last house by the POND.
Call Tracy if you get lost 973- 362-6838

By Kelly Stiefel ( - on Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 11:06 pm: Edit Post

Hey there everyone. I waiting for my invitation right now, but I was wondering if there are an RPCV events coming up. Thanks!

By Anonymous ( on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 2:19 pm: Edit Post

International Volunteer Day December 5

n December 5, 2003, volunteers and volunteer involving organizations across the globe will join to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD). Building on momentum from the International Year of Volunteers 2001, which raised the global profile of volunteerism, IVD highlights collective challenges in voluntary action and serves as a platform to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This requires dedicated, coordinated action. All over the world, many existing organizations and networks are harnessing volunteer effort towards bringing about relief or a better quality of life for millions of people. These actors include local and national governments, community-based and nongovernmental organizations, schools and universities, religious institutions, sports organizations and volunteer associations.

Serving as global focal point for IVD, the UN Volunteers program recognizes the critical role of committed organizations, working in partnership, to involve new actors and extend the reach of volunteerism for development. It supports these initiatives with a range of activities.

For more information about IVD:

To learn about UN Volunteers:


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By Ryan Humphrey ( on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 1:57 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for Virginia "Ginger" J. Wittenburg who served in the peacecorp beginning in 2000 or 2001. We dated in h.s. and again in college but lost track of each other while she was in Togo. I am desperately searching for her at this point. I don't want to give up on finding her. If you can help me with any sort of information, please contact Ryan Humphrey at In NJ she lived in Ramsey and went to school at Rutgers in New Brunswick. I believe she graduatedin 99 or 2000.

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