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Peace Corps Community for the Support of Refugees

Peace Corps Community for the Support of Refugees

This is a guest post from Tad Baldwin, Atuntaqui/Quito 1963-65 who is our treasurer emeritus and long-time leader of Friends of Ecuador.

This new NPCA affiliate, Peace Corps Community in Support of Refugees, was formally accepted in the past month.  Tad Baldwin and a handful of Washington, DC based RPCVs have been working for the past year to connect with the nine non-profit State Department contract holders (who have hundreds of affiliates across the country coordinating refugee resettlement) to facilitate greater RPCV involvement in refugee issues.  A number of geographic groups and individuals have been active in this area for a number of years and more opportunities for service exist.  Those with relevant language skills are especially welcome.

The major initiative is support for refugee resettlement within the US.  The non-profits under contract (including the Catholic Bishops, the IRC, Lutherans, etc.) were anticipating a large jump in their work efforts…although those numbers may be halved if the president gets his way.  The roles involved welcoming new families, setting up apartments, helping with school and job searches, and the complex tasks involved in resettlement.  In the coming months information will appear on the NPCA website providing contact information for the local agencies coordinating this work across the country to  help those interested to take the preliminary connection step.  Small groups of RPCVs may chose to undertake all the required tasks on a shared responsibility basis.

A secondary purpose is to advocate for the refugees in our local communities, via churches, community groups and the press, especially in the face of alarming anti-immigrant executive statements.  A third purpose is support for refugees overseas, a more difficult long-distance task that is sidelined for the present.  Some RPCVs have been helping in the Greek Island refugee camps.

Some RPCVs from Ecuador have been involved in services to Columbian refugees and so have experience in this area.  All are now welcome to help! Contact info@pcc4refugees.org

The Way You Make Me Feel in Quechua

The Way You Make Me Feel in Quechua

“Buen Provecho” Cookbook Featured on National Geographic Website

“Buen Provecho” Cookbook Featured on National Geographic Website

An update version of the “Buen Provecho” cookbook was published on the National Geographic website.

“You’re holding a wonderful book in your hands, one that was crafted with a scientist’s mind and an artist’s heart. It’s a collection of recipes, wisdom, care, and knowledge that if used right will ease your day, fuel your dreams, and spread a bit of goodness in the world.”

It was the product of many but led by a particularly generous soul who served as a PCV in Ecuador 1997-2001. We remember and honor Laurel Zaks through her many good works, among them, the more-than-a-cookbook Buen Provecho.

 

Friends of Ecuador, Back in the Saddle after a Busy Summer

Friends of Ecuador, Back in the Saddle after a Busy Summer

Holy summer of volcanic activity, Batman!

Apologies for the radio silence. We’ve had a busy summer and early fall here at Friends of Ecuador. I’ve been readying for the fall semester at the University of Texas. Ben has completed a move from Kenya to Zambia. So, we’re just finding our feet again, but we’l be reporting some new news from Peace Corps Ecuador, Ecuador, the National Peace Corps Association, and more.

This issue has Cotopaxi active again, the Pope in Ecuador, updates from Peace Corps, and stories from volunteers. For each newsletter, we’ll be sharing some stories from recent El Climas so be on the lookout for several stories each month.

Please send us any comments or feedback or story ideas at foe@friendsofecuador.org.

RPCV Ecuador Sadie Funk’s TEDx talk on the upside of failure and Peace Corps Service

RPCV Ecuador Sadie Funk’s TEDx talk on the upside of failure and Peace Corps Service

Here is the description of Sadie’s TEDx talk:

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Join me on a virtual trip back to the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle where I lived with locals (rats, bats, and snakes), drank chicha, spoke Kichwa, and ultimately learned a hard lesson: there is great power in failing.

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Well, we had a busy end of 2014 so we were a little remiss in sending out some updates from Friends of Ecuador in the final months of the year. We’ve got a variety of stories for January, with new recipes from Mary, an RPCV’s TEDx talk, reports from Ecuador, and reports from NPCA on recent legislative success.

If you have any submissions, please get in touch with us at foe@friendsofecuador.org

Updates from the Peace Corps

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 2.21.17 PMIn the past week, Peace Corps announced significant changes to its recruitment, application, and selection processes (see links on the FOE Facebook page). As part of that process, Peace Corps re-vamped the RPCV pages on the PC website in order to better serve and recognize the RPCV community. Visit the new pages today to:

  • Bring the World Home – Explore everything from video libraries to storytelling tips to help you share your Peace Corps story with others. When you get involved and tell the Peace Corps about your activity, they will send you a free kit of promotional materials. Also, check out the new Third Goal Highlights for stories of great Third Goal work and best practices. If you have a practice or activity you’d like to share as a Highlight, submit it to the Peace Corps at thirdgoal@peacecorps.gov.
  • Access resources in the RPCV Virtual Career Center – Let Peace Corps help you find your next job with resources like the RPCV Career Link jobs board, online and in-person RPCV Career Events, one-on-one resume reviews, and career self-assessment software. Also, post your organization’s job opportunities on Career Link for free to recruit other talented RPCVs.

Check out the pages today, share them with your friends, and let the PC know what you think. They’d love your feedback!