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Sep 20 Welcome Back Party and Annual BBQ Recap

Posted: 9/1/2014
Come to our Annual Welcome Back Party for Recently Returning Volunteers on Sept 20 to show the newbies their service is appreciated and what a great support network NorCal provides ... read more

August Third Goal Report

Posted: 9/1/2014
This month we are rolling up our sleeves in preparation for a busy year of spreading the Third Goal.  NorCal will be hosting workshops on giving classroom presentations and more storytelling workshops and jams. ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Lizzie LaCroix

Posted: 9/1/2014
Lizzie LaCroix is a Development and Outreach Associate at Hesperian Health Guides, the publisher of, 'Where There Is No Doctor'. Although Lizzie is not an RPCV she had a great cross cultural story to tell. ... read more

August Grants Updated

Posted: 8/1/2014
AUGUST 31st IS THE DEADLINE TO RECEIVE GRANTS PROPOSALS. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO. PCV Nathan Arnold in Panama recently provided an update about his Peace Corps project to build arborloo latr ... read more

The Summer Workout

Posted: 8/1/2014
July might be summer break at school but you would hardly know it by how busy our volunteers have been over the last month.  We started on July 7th, with our first ever story jam at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. ... read more

Grants Proposals due August 31, 2014

Posted: 7/1/2014
The Grants Program provides an opportunity for NorCal members to support a project in your country of service or a worthy project you know about. We want to hear from you! NorCal RPCV Debra Pritc ... read more

June Third Goal Report

Posted: 7/1/2014
Our Breaking Bad Story Jam packed then house featuring 5 Returned Peace Corps Speakers and international guests from Afghanistan and China ... read more

NorCal Selected to Host 2015 National Conference

Posted: 7/1/2014
By Will Spargur, NorCalPCA President I recently got back from the 2014 Peace Corps Connect Conference in Nashville.  I love going to these conferences.  They give me an opportunity to travel and ... read more

Phil Liston 1941-2014

Posted: 7/1/2014
Phil Liston (Colombia 64-66) passed away suddenly on June 30. Phil was a founding member of NorCal, a past president and an active, long-time member of our Grants Committee. Phil was a Co-ops ... read more

Grants Proposals due August 31, 2014

Posted: 6/1/2014
The Grants Program provides an opportunity for NorCal members to support a project in your country of service or a worthy project you know about. We want to hear from you! Applications are accepte ... read more

May Third Goal Report

Posted: 6/1/2014
The Third Goal Report documents our ongoing efforts to promote understanding between peoples of the world, commonly know as Peace Corps' Third Goal. May 3, Third Goal Film Series, Oakland ... read more

Book Review: Kilometer 99

Posted: 6/1/2014
By Meg Carter Tyler McMahon served in El Salvador in 2001, the year two major earthquakes devastated the country on January 13th and February 13th. His novel, Kilometer 99, captures the mora ... read more

World Mural Project at Ohlone Elementary School

Posted: 5/14/2014
By Meredith Vostrejs To raise global awareness, NCPCA supported the painting of a world map mural at Ohlone Elementary School in Palo Alto. The world map project is a Peace Corps tradition, starte ... read more

April Third Goal Report

Posted: 5/14/2014
April was a jammed pack month with our huge story jam in SF, Volunteer Send Offs in Fresno and San Francisco and much more ... read more

A Ground Level Perspective to World Events

Posted: 5/13/2014
Will Spargur NorCalPCA President NorCal’s transformation over the last 4 years has been extraordinary.   Our community engagement continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.  In April we reached ... read more

The Quiet Side: Western Ukraine

Posted: 5/13/2014
By Will Spargur In April we interviewed returned volunteers who had served in the tumultuous eastern part of Ukraine.  And while the east continues to draw headlines the picture is incomplete witho ... read more

Posh Corps Review

Posted: 4/15/2014
Posh Corps? Or Peace Corps? Every Peace Corps experience is different based on the host country, rural versus urban location, multiplicity of ethnic groups living together and a milliard of other factors. ... read more

March Volunteer Services Report

Posted: 4/15/2014
On March 15 our East Bay Director Katherine Macdougall facilitated a job search workshop featuring Joe Lurie, RPCV Kenya ... read more

March Third Goal Report

Posted: 4/15/2014
March was a busy month with a story workshop and practice jam in SF, a story jam in Monterey and matching returned volunteer speakers ... read more

Evacuated Volunteers: Ukraine

Posted: 4/15/2014
On February 24, 2014 Peace Corps officially announced that it had evacuated 200 volunteers from Ukraine. NorCal interviewed volunteers who among those evacuated. ... read more