NorCal News

The NorCal Grants Deadline is August 31, 2015

Posted: 6/1/2015
The NorCal Grants Program is looking for projects to support in different regions of the world. Priority goes to projects submitted by NorCal Returned Peace Corps Volunteers or NorCal Peace C ... read more

Bridging Silicon Valley and Peace Corps

Posted: 6/1/2015
By Nalini Elkins I was a panelist on the "Bridging Silicon Valley and Peace Corps" panel at Peace Corps Connect.  The tech community is far from uniform and various viewpoints were reflected on ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Shinita Garza, RPCV Kenya, 2005-07

Posted: 6/1/2015
When Shinita Garza went to her first Practice Jam, she had no idea what to expect. ... read more

Young and Motivated: Rwandan Women in Tech

Posted: 6/1/2015
Interview by Jenny Alton LylaFujiwara, completed two years of Peace Corps service in Rwanda in December 2013. As an Information and Communications Technology Educator, she worked with local ... read more

Tell us how to make NorCalPCA even better for you!

Posted: 6/1/2015
 Howdy NorCalPCA members, I'm Lie, your newly-elected Vice President.want to start by thanking everyone for making our Bay Cruise and our contribution to the Peace Corps Connect (PCC) conference ... read more

Letter From President

Posted: 6/1/2015
Last weekend’s Peace Corps Connect conference was such an amazing event bringing together almost 500 RPVCs from across the country to share stories, knowledge, and experiences and making new connections. ... read more

Launching into New Territory for Global Presenters

Posted: 6/1/2015
By Betsy Aaron The Global Presenters Program is breaking new ground! In May, we began reaching out to senior centers all over Northern California to find speaking opportunities. Four opportunities ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Frank Price

Posted: 5/1/2015
I went to the first story jam in Oakland, but I thought all these guys are so young and I didn’t know if my experiences were relevant.  But then I thought because I had an experience different from the newer people I wanted to share it. ... read more

The Perks of Being a Global Presenter

Posted: 5/1/2015
By Betsy Aaron Thank you RPCVs for another successful month sharing your stories and helping to expand the world for others! In April, our global presenters certainly delivered. Six RPCVs presen ... read more

I Am Proud to be a Member of NorCal

Posted: 5/1/2015
At this year’s bi-annual Point Reyes Service Day on April 11, a long time member came up to me after the event and said, ‘I am proud to be a member of NorCal’. ... read more

Achieving the Third Goal One Volunteer Opportunity at a Time

Posted: 4/1/2015
By Betsy Aaron Global Presenter Outreach Coordinator Thank you returned Peace Corps volunteers! The Global Presenters program had a fantastic March because of your generosity. By filling the ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Karen Drachler

Posted: 4/1/2015
Beyond Borders, NorCal’s international storytelling series, aims to fulfill the Third Goal of Peace Corps, promoting understanding between peoples of the world, using the age old tradition of sto ... read more

NorCal Grants News - Katie Christ Reports on a Recent Trip to Mali

Posted: 4/1/2015
Paul Laris and I traveled to Mali last month for the groundbreaking of the new Middle School campus.   We are tremendously grateful to the NorCal Peace Corps Association Grants Program for your ... read more

Letter from the President: Lynn Foden

Posted: 3/1/2015
Dear Friends, Hello, my name is Lynn Foden and I am honored to be the new President of NorCal.  I am filled with many emotions from excitement to trepidation. Can you remember the day you were a n ... read more

Launch of Beyond Borders Storytelling Series

Posted: 3/1/2015
February 17th saw a huge turnout for the launch of the new Beyond Borders Storytelling Series.  Around sixty people packed The Dark Room Theater. The theme of the night was *Kiss and Tell* and there was a lot of telling going on that night. ... read more

Peace Corps Guinea and Ebola

Posted: 3/1/2015
Two Volunteers share their experiences of the weeks leading up to the evacuation of Guinea in 2014 due to the Ebola Outbreak ... read more

Grants Update

Posted: 3/1/2015
By Marilyn Hyde, Grants Chair Promoting Productive Livelihoods Program in Morazán, El Salvador In 2014, NorCal Grants provided $850 to three PCVs involved in the Promoting Productive Li ... read more

2015 Festival of Cultures Recap

Posted: 2/8/2015
Click to View More Photos on Flickr The Northern California Peace Corps Association teamed up with the Ohlone Elementary School Global Awareness Team for this year’s, January 31st Annual Festival ... read more

What I Love About Being NorCal PCA’s Global Presenters Outreach Coordinator

Posted: 2/9/2015
When I saw the listing for an assistant for the NorCal Peace Corps Association’s speakers program, I hadn't been looking for a job. What grabbed me was “speakers program,” because where there are speakers, there are stories, and I love stories. ... read more

Peace Corps Prep

Posted: 2/10/2015
By Mary Casagrande The NorCalPCA Mentoring program continues to demonstrate value amongst prospective and returned volunteers! Our existing program, Mentoring for Recently Returned Volunteers, ... read more

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