What do a growing number of Alabama nurses, teachers, foresters, entrepreneurs, social workers, agricultural agents, and public health aides share in common? They are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who believe that the international exchange experience forever changed their lives.
Based in Birmingham, Ala., our organization attracts RPCVs from the greater metro area and serves as an affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association in Washington, D.C. If you served in the Peace Corps, know and want to support a current volunteer, or are considering Peace Corps service overseas, please contact us. We want to get to know you.
World peace and friendship can start right here. Really. It’s that simple.
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
That’s a big question. It was famously posed by President John F. Kennedy, who established the Peace Corps in 1961. He staked the bold idea on a challenge to U.S. college students, urging them to volunteer for two years as positive change agents in developing nations. Since then, nearly 220,000 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) have served in 140 host countries.
Today, some say the idealism of the original volunteers has worn off. We disagree. Polls show that young Americans are more interested than ever in building a better country, a better world, through efforts like Peace Corps.
Mission & Goals
In the spirit of the Peace Corps experience, the Greater Birmingham RPCVs promote a continuing commitment to the community, local and global. Our goals are:
- To develop a social and community action network;
- To remind ourselves and educate others about why we served;
- To provide support for potential, current, and recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers;
- To promote public awareness and support for the Peace Corps.
Specifically, we work in many ways, as you can see from different parts of this site, to “bring the Peace Corps experience back home” and keep it alive.
“… Ask what you can do…” It’s still a big question.