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Partnership Lunch & Walking Tour Noon - July 25th, 2015 in Miami

Lunch at Jackson’s Soul Food, 950 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136 (305-374-7661) and selection of the Peace Corps Partnership project we will support. Then at 1:30 or when we are done with lunch: 1-hour walking tour of Overtown with Dr. Paul George, Professor of History at Miami-Dade College, historian to the Historical Association of Southern Florida, author, and member of the county’s Preservation Board. For details and registration, click on Event & Registration to the left and go to July 25, 2015. Anyone not able to attend, but who would like to support the Partnership Program, please click on Donations to the left to make a suggested donation of $10.


kayaking and a Picnic Lunch July 25th in Jupiter

See the Event & Activities Calendar for Details


Partnership News

RPCVSF received the following message from our member and USF Graduate Student PCV Sierra Petrosky who is seeking support for a secondary school expansion project through the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

"I live in a small village called Peonga in Benin, West Africa. It's a very rural village... No running water, electricity, or solid phone service. But what it lacks in resources it makes up in heart and spirit. The people of Peonga are welcoming, kind hearted, hard working, and have amazing senses of humor. I feel so lucky to call it home for these two years.

The project that I need assistance on is the expansion of our secondary school. There are currently 398 students sharing just three solid classrooms and one small mud structure. Due to overcrowding, classes must oftentimes instead be held across the village in an agricultural storage center, or at a local shop. The parent association in my village has been harvesting cotton in order to pay for materials to build at least two new classrooms, but cotton season is now over and they have raised just over 1000 US dollars. This is an amazing accomplishment for a village of this size, and shows clear dedication to the project, but is unfortunately not nearly enough to build these classrooms.

In addition to the construction of these classrooms, we are conducting a barrier analysis to girls education, and establishing extracurricular activities for students. My village and I are so excited for the changes we are working toward, but we could use some help to get there!"

You can support this project by clicking on the following link to the Peace Corps Partnership program page for this project: Benin - School Expansion Project


Host an International 
     High School Exchange Student    
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

Would you like to have a cross-cultural experience in your community while contributing to improved relations between the United States and other countries?

If so, consider hosting an exchange student sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in your home or school.  Each year, almost 2,000 high school students representing over 50 countries are awarded highly competitive merit-based State Department scholarships to study in the United States for an academic year.  These promising young leaders live with American host families across the country, attend high school, and participate in extracurricular and community service activities.  When they return to their home countries, they engage in alumni activities to share what they learned, put their new skills in practice, and maintain their links to the United States as they become leaders in their communities.

The benefits of hosting Department of State-sponsored exchange student go beyond simply welcoming someone new into your family or school and sharing American culture, values, and traditions -- when you host an exchange student you welcome a new culture and language, and all the richness that comes with it into your community, help a young person learn and grow, and create long-lasting relationships and memories.  Learn more and fill out an interest form at  http://hosting.state.gov or email us at  mailto:youthprograms@state.gov.


RPCVSF Goes to Russia

 Greg Zell (Nigeria), Travel Coordinator

Travel Arrangements by Universal Travel American Express

    Crimea Arrangements by Diane Strait (Ukraine)

September 9- September 20, 2015

Note: The prices for this amazing trip are phenomenally low. The trip is based on a minimum of 10 travelers or the prices go up SUBSTANTIALLY,  including airfare and hotel charges. Much of the trip is paid for in cash, particularly in Crimea, especially meals and sightseeing except where noted.

The trip includes 4 nights at the Helvetia Hotel (4 stars) in St. Petersburg with breakfast; $1332.62 single; $1044.32 double; includes tour package. 5 nights in Crimea at hotel managed by Diane Strait: $175 with meals available in the hotel. The hotel van will take us on some of the many sightseeing trips suggested by her @ $5 per person for petrol and the driver. A visit to Balaklava to see the site of the disastrous charge of the Light Brigade is doable as an overnight adventure with another hotel and fee to the driver.

AIR TRAVEL: Air France to St. Petersburg=$862 with 10 travelers minimum; at least $1365 with less than 10; Aeroflot to Crimea (Simferopol)=$247 (The connections coming home are tight so we may overnight in Moscow.)

Procedure: You must reserve with Cheri Perry (She rhymes) at Universal Travel American Express 954-761-1500 x224  cheri@universal-travel.com and with travel@rpcvsf.org. Advance payments will be made to Universal Travel. We must achieve 10 travelers by June 30th for the low prices. Travelers will be accepted on a space and cost available basis until July 14.

RUSSIA REQUIRES A VISA. Cheri will provide the papers to accompany your passport when applying for a visa and information for a visa service. We will obtain our visas through the service or directly from the embassy by mail. Cheri has information on various insurances, some of which may be compulsory.

Safety: The battle in Ukraine with Russia is nowhere near the Crimea. Check your map. Prices: The ruble is sinking and the dollar is rising. Prices may be adjusted accordingly but going DOWN is a good possibility.


RPCVSF's Cooking and Conversation Club

RPCVSF's Cooking and  Conversation Club recently enjoyed a lesson in cooking Indian food, by our gracious host Subrata Basu (Belize '11-'14). Please plan to join us for our next Club luncheon, to be hosted by Chris McFarlin (Kenya '92-'95). Details will be posted in our Events calendar soon. These events are open to all RPCVSF members, but we limit attendance to a small number to stimulate deeper conversations. If you would like to host a future lunch, please write to RPCVSF President Virginia Emmons McNaught, at president@rpcvsf.org.


Spirit of Service Award Nominating Process Starts

Read About It At: Spirit of Service Learning Award


O u r J o b B o a r d

June 12, 2015 - New - The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division has openings in southern Florida for the following positions at this Federal Agency:

Wage and Hour Investigator – Starting salary range GS-7, Promotion potential to GS-12

Wage and Hour Technician – Starting salary range – GS-5, Promotion potential to GS-9

For additional information such as the language requirement and contact information, please see this posting on our Job Board in the Members Only Section, a menu choice on the left that appears after you login.

May 28, 2015 -  New - Part-time Coordinator, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED): The Part-Time Coordinator is responsible for helping oversee the day-to-day operations of the MDC Kendall Campus Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED), which entails coordinating academic service-learning, Community Service Federal Work Study, and campus-community partnership activities.

See this and all the Postings in our Members Only Section,
a menu choice on the left that appears after you login


01 Feb 2015 • This is a Survey Event only
25 Jul 2015 10:00 AM • Jupiter
25 Jul 2015 12:00 PM • Jackson’s Soul Food, 950 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136
01 Aug 2015 8:00 AM • Lauderdale by the Sea, Broward County
15 Aug 2015 10:00 AM • Singer Island, West Palm Beach
09 Sep 2015 • St. Petersburg and Crimea
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