West Coast Region Peace Corps News

Last Update: 12/15/2013 11:21 PM

The San Francisco Peace Corps staff gives a huge “Thank You!” for the ongoing support of NorCal and individual RPCVs. We are fortunate to have such an active RPCV community. Many of you have spoken on panels, information sessions, and other recruitment events. We particularly enjoyed the Bay Area “Around the World - Send Off” event last May where more than 50 RPCVs displayed photos, art, maps, etc., and more than 200 people attended. We appreciate your “story slams” and other activities to “bring the world home” and look forward to collaborating in the coming year.

New PCV gets his Invitation, May 2013 Send Off Party

In October 2012, the San Francisco office merged with the Los Angeles and Seattle offices, forming one West Coast region with 10 office-based recruiters and field-based recruiters in San Diego, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Spokane, and Portland. The merger has brought opportunities for sharing best practices throughout the region.

If you have checked out peacecorps.gov lately, you’ll notice a world map on the home page. Peace Corps is moving toward greater transparency by sharing upcoming Volunteer assignments by country and departure date. In 2014, Peace Corps will increase recruitment and promotion and streamline the application process.

In 2013, the San Francisco office welcomed two new recruiters: Sean Michetti (Bulgaria 2010-2012) and Clint Niehus (Senegal 2010-2012). We said farewell to Administrative Clerk Annaliza Constantino, who helped organize RPCV career workshops and Around the World events, and welcomed Monica Baxter (Nicaragua 2010-2012) as new clerk.

Peace Corps Week is February 24 to March 1. This is a great opportunity to participate in Third Goal activities. Check out peacecorps.gov/PCWeek for more information.

Again, thank you for your ongoing support of Peace Corps and continuing to tell your story. We wish you the best in 2014 and look forward to seeing you at a hangout, meeting, or event soon!

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