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.
The Catholic Relief Services IDFP provides an overseas opportunity to those interested in careers in international relief and development with a faith-based organization. Fellows increase their overseas experience and gain project management skills as they contribute to the work of Catholic Relief Services. More than 80% of IDFP participants go on to become program managers with CRS. These 10-month fellowship opportunities are based overseas in one of our country programs. Fellows experience different facets of running a CRS program overseas. They are exposed to project management, business development, budgeting, working with donors, working with partners, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.
While we are unable to make a visit to your campus this fall, we would like to offer interested students the opportunity to participate in an on-line information session hosted by our team. We will be hosting two types of online info sessions this fall:
Open webinars for anyone interested in the IDFP. These webinars will take place during specific dates & times in October & November. See the flyer with more information, including the schedule for the open webinars.
Individualized webinars for specific universities, graduate programs, or classes with 10 or more students interested in the IDFP.
These online information sessions are usually 30-45 minutes long. They are designed as interactive sessions where we discuss the program, provide application tips and answer questions regarding the application process, the fellowship year and a career with CRS. It would be great if you spread the word about our program amongst your other RPCVs 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/
YoudbesurprisedPC by Reeve Jacobus in Uganda
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.
Who I am: I am a retired academic adviser, after working a few years in a pathogen-free mouse colony while getting a master’s degree in pathobiology while my husband got his PhD in zoology. Here in Birmingham, Ala., I worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), serving as the academic advisor in biology and pre-health for 25+ years. In a volunteer capacity, I currently serve as the secretary of the GBRPCVs, but I have also served as treasurer and newsletter editor.