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                      Happy Hour - Coconut Grove

                        Friday October 28, 2016  ---  6 to 8 PM

The Grove Spot, 3324 Virginia, Coconut Grove, Miami

Happy Hour at The Grove Spot this Friday (10/28) from 6:00 PM.  This is not in any way a fund raiser. Park in the CocoWalk garage next to The Grove Spot or in the City of Miami (el cheapo) garage on the corner of Mary Street and Oak Avenue, a half block east of Virginia Street


For more Information about the next 8 RPCVSF events, please see the Calendar Just below. For complete RPCVF event information, please click on Events, Calendar & Registration in the menu to the left.


28 Oct 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • The Grove Spot, 3324 Virginia St., Coconut Grove
19 Nov 2016 3:00 PM (EST) • home of Daryl and Barbara Wall, 1453 Biscaya Dr., Surfside
03 Dec 2016 6:00 PM (EST) • Home of Ana Ciereszko, 7550 SW 61st St., Miami

October 14th, 2016. Today 40 RPCVs from across Florida, including several RPCVSF members, enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of Kennedy Space Center. Escorted by RPCVs who work for NASA, the group visited the famous Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) - where shuttles and rockets have been built for decades, and which is closed to the public. The VAB is the largest "single story" (i.e. open all the way to the top) building in the world. It is 526 feet tall and its upper roof takes up 4 acres. RPCVs also visited Firing Room 4 - the control room where dozens of launches were initiated.

A special thanks to Chad Chernet (Bulgaria, 2003-2005), former RPCVSF member and current Peace Corps Regional Recruiter for Central Florida, and to RPCV Madelyn Peery (Senegal, 2014-2016) at NASA's Human Resources office, for coordinating the tour. If you missed the tour this time, please watch your RPCVSF member newsletter next year as we hope to offer this tour again.

October 1, 2016 Partnership Dinner to Celebrate the

56th Anniversary of the Independence of Nigeria

RPCVSF Goes on Safari to Namibia

By Greg Zell (Nigeria 62-64)

Travel Coordinator, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, Inc. 

     The group met up in Johannesburg and went straight to Tribes restaurant in the Emperor’s Palace casino complex for drinks and a bit of ceremony to initiate the 3 newbies Natalie, Ted, and Maria, plus Lisa who visited Morocco previously. Johannesburg will now be Jo'burg always. Now that they were going to be Africa hands, they would no longer say, “Johannesburg. From now on it would be, “Joburg.

At dinner, most tried the ostrich steak fillet (farm-raised, of course) with berry sauce, washed down with a splash of South African bubbly. Both were proclaimed “delicious.

 Next morning was early, the first of many, for an hour and half flight to Windhoek (vind hook), the pretty capital of Namibia.

We were met at the airport by Stewart, our fantastic guide. A 34 year old native of Zimbabwe, he said he was on his way to becoming a hooligan when he decided to pull himself together, started studying wild life and went to guide school. All his younger siblings have African names. For him, his mother just liked “Stewart. He started by setting us straight: Some of you have heard of Africa time. Namibia was a German colony. We do everything on German time. And so it was. We boarded our “safari Ferrari, as he called it, actually an enclosed air conditioned Toyota Land Cruiser for 7 of us and Stewart. Off we went on a short tour of the charming capital. Before heading to the coastal dunes, largest in the world, we stopped at a grocery store for Stewart to fill our coolers with lunch goodies and drinks. Our lunchtime routine: Stewart would pull up under a nice tree. We all pitched in to set up the folding table and chairs, unpack the coolers, chow down, and repack. (Story Continued on our Travel page).

2016 RPCVSF Retreat in Key Largo

Over 70 RPCVS, families and kids enjoyed the weekend in The Keys

House of Pizza - Key Largo - Friday Night - September 9th, 2016

Amoray Dive Resort - Host Hotel for the 2016 RPCVSF Retreat

Peace Corps Partnership Program Works !

To Locate and Donate to a Peace Corps Partnership Project, 

Please click the following link: Peace Corps Partnership Program

or Attend an RPCVSF Partnership Dinner

April 7, 2016 - RPCVSF held its' first Partnership Dinner on a weeknight, and the dinner was a sellout. The event raised $554 for a Multipurpose Health Building in Zambia. The dinner was held at Taste Buds of India, organized by Doris Vincent and Subrata Basu spoke on his recent experience as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Belize. Picture Above shows attendees in the process of selecting a Partnership Project.

Nazilongo Community Library Nazilonga, Zambia

July 29th, 2016 - RPCVSF received the following e-mail:

This will be my last update as the library has officially opened!!! It went off without a hitch. In attendence were 15 Peace Corps Volunteers, 5 village Headmen, 600 community members, The Chief, and the Provincial Officer for the Ministry of Education. We finished with about 3000 books of varying reading levels. There were acrobatics, traditional dances, rings of fire, poems, songs and many speeches. We danced, we cried and we read books! This week we had our first classes in the library and the students were thrilled! Next week we will be training a temporary librarian as the district has promised to send us a full time librarian next term!

I would like to thank you all again for your kindness and generosity. In the celebratory speeches you were thanked time an time again and asked to come and visit any time.

Please enjoy the pictures attached below. Thanks again!

All the best,


Sydney and the Nazilongo Community, Nazilonga, Zambia


May 19, 2016 - RPCVSF received the following e-mail:

I would like to send a warm thank you to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida for supporting my PCPP grant in Zambia! Your contribution will go a long way in helping my community complete a brand new mother's shelter and youth education center in this rural community, and we truly appreciate it.

Thank you!



Rachel Moscato

Community Health Improvement Project

Peace Corps Zambia


2017 Group Travel

Under consideration in 2017: a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg arranged
with assistance from former RPCVSF President Tuey Murdock (Colombia);

A safari to Tanzania including Zanzibar to see the Great Migration of the
wildebeest possibly with a side trip to the Zimbabwe (best) side of

 Victoria Falls.

     Travel tip: Interested in a weekend in Dubai? Check the very special offers

by Emirates Airlines out of Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

Save the Month of June, 2017: Based on our successful safari this year,
travel@rpcvsf.org is working on a 12 day safari to either Botswana or
Tanzania. We hope to have the package ready for an early January, 2017,


Travel Coordinator: Gregory Zell (Nigeria 62-64) travel@rpcvsf.org

This is not a fund raiser. No organization funds are involved. The Travel Coordinator is not compensated.

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