During the summer of 2015, RPVCs Karmie Johnson and Amy Badham along with a small group of family and friends traveled down to Camden, AL to begin the 2015 GBRPCV’s annual Peace Corps Map project. That first day, they drew the outline of the world map in a common area of an after-school program facility. On June 5, older students participated in the painting of the map. Approximately 30 middle and high school age students participated in the completion of the map. An additional 150 K-12 students participated in geography and writing lessons using the map directly. It provides an continuous educational and decorative touch to the facility that houses BAMA Kids, an effective after-school and summer program that meets the needs of at-risk youth in the Black Belt region of Alabama. The project was such a great success, that the administrator of the facility requested United States and Alabama maps as well.
There are two Peace Corps recruiting events scheduled in September that you might enjoy attending:
September 22nd: Hispanic Heritage Month Diversity Dinner at Cantina Tortilla Grill in Birmingham: Go to the link to rsvp http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/meet/events/21112/
September 23rd: A screening of the movie “Girl Rising” from 4:30pm to 7pm in Ryals Hall Rm. 407. We will begin the film about 4:50pm to give people time to get in and settled with food and to leave time for Q&A at the end. For information and to rsvp: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/meet/events/21065/
It is not too early to think about gifts for stocking stuffers/teacher and/or family and PC colleagues. We have the international calendars for 2016. These are our only fundraiser and any profits are used to support Peace Corps Partnership Projects or our own Alabama pcvs in their service projects or care packages. Everyday has a special holiday to celebrate with our friends around the world. This is a “happiness” gift.
Countries featured this year include: Mozambique, Namibia, Moldova, Jordan, Peru, Sierra Leone Ecuador, Thailand Tanzania, Ethiopia, Poland, Mexico and Turkey.
Calendars are $10 each or $8 each if you order 10 or more. As they have cost us more this year, we will have to charge for shipping if we can’t get them to you in person. ($2.50 for 1-3, $5.00 for 4 or more). Email Kathy Angus (firstname.lastname@example.org). Let her know how many you would like and she will get them to you.
August 1st Lake Party
The Greater Birmingham Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (GBRPCV) are co-hosting a delightful summer lake party on Smith Lake on Saturday, August 1, 2015 with Southeastern Outings. You are hereby invited to attend! You are also welcome to invite friends and family members you think would enjoy this event.
The goals of this party are to offer all participants a relaxing, fun day of lakeside activities and to provide information on the Peace Corps to those party participants interested in learning more about the Peace Corps. We are hopeful that some who attend will eventually submit their applications to serve as Peace Corps Volunteers overseas.