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July 31, 2016 - Come join RPCVSF at Marlins Park on Sunday, July 31st for a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. Game time is 1:10 pm. You'll enjoy this afternoon at the old ballgame whether you're a die-hard baseball fan hoping to catch Ichiro's 3,000th hit, a Cardinals fan, a fair weather Marlins fan thankful for finally having a decent team, or just an RPCV looking to hang out!

If enough people attend, we can get discounted group tickets. Whatever the size of the group, Matt Lord will find the best tickets we can get seated together for 20 bucks or less per person. Email Matt asap to tell him how many tickets you would like to buy. (China dot Matt at Hotmail dot com) 

Matt will arrive at Marlins Park by noon on the 31st to distribute the tickets, and will email attendees the cost and the entrance to meet at after he purchases tickets on the 26th. Attendees will be responsible for their own parking and transportation.


September 9th, RPCVSF 2016 Members Retreat in Key Largo

On Sept. 9-11, RPCVSF is hosting our annual members' retreat - a relaxing weekend in Key Largo for RPCVs. Last year more than 50 RPCVs and their families and friends enjoyed a great weekend together - we hope you'll be with us this year. For more information and to register, please click on the event in the Calendar at the bottom of this page.


October 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM RPCVSF Annual General Meeting including Our Annual Awards to K - 12 Teachers and Higher Education Professors teaching Curriculum-based service-learning that allows students to learn and develop through participation in the community that is integrated into and enhances academic curriculum.

For more information about the event, please click on the Annual General Meeting event in the calendar at the bottom of this page.

For more information and the Nomination Forms, please click Programs and Spirit of Service to the left or the following quick link: Spirit of Service Learning Award


June 24, 2016 - RPCVSF held a fundraiser for HELP, Haitian Education & Leadership Program, at the home of Barbara Junge and hosted by Linda Whitmyre. For more information about HELP, click here: HELP PPT for RPCVSF 2016.06.08v4 BFA.pdf


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.

June 20th, 2016 - RPCVSF received a request from Miami native and RPCVSF Member John Di Giacomo, a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, for help with the following Peace Corps Partnership Program project you can support by clicking on the following link: Camp Model United Nations

For more information, please click on the following letter: Ukraine IndividualDonorLet.docx

June 9, 2016 - RPCVSF received the following e-mail:

Hi Donors!

Let me begin with a big ol' thank you for contributing to the creation of the Nazilongo Community Library. I apologize that it has been so long since my last update but you will be pleased to know that we have come very far! To show the progress, I have attached pictures of the library construction, starting from the beginning. If you know someone who has donated but is not included in this email, please feel free to forward on the message. Some of you donated to the second round of the grant so this is the first time you are hearing from me.... Welcome! 

So far, many different phases of building have attributed to the future success of this library. It's projected to open on July 8th… and it will open with a bang! Peace Corps staff, government officials, Chief Sipantunyana, headmen, the Nazilongo community and more look forward to opening the library with dancing, food and speeches. As of now, we are working together with the community, teachers and students to sort book donations by reading levels, put the final touches on the building and move in the bookshelves, tables and chairs! I will be sure to send you pictures of the completed structure and the opening day celebrations! 

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, our successes are almost never quantifiable. If you teach 50 people how to combat malnutrition, maybe one will actually start diversifying their diet, the effect of which you might not see for 10 years, if at all. We may never know the output of the library, true, but if even one child exhibits improvement in his or her education because of its presence, it was worth it. Most of us have never had to know what it means to not have access to books. Thanks to your generosity, neither will the students of Nazilongo Basic School anymore. 

My village wanted me to thank you for your generosity, and for taking the time to think of them. They asked me to say, "Twalumba maningi benzuma besu kuzwa Amerika" (Thank you very much, our friends from America).

All the best,

Sydney and the Nazilongo Community, Nazilonga, Zambia

Nazilongo Community Library Nazilonga, Zambia

My village wanted me to thank you for your generosity, and for taking the time to think of them. They asked me to say, "Twalumba maningi benzuma besu kuzwa Amerika" (Thank you very much, our friends from America).

All the best,

Sydney (Shapiro) and the Nazilongo (Zambia) Community 


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


Peonga School, Peonga, Benin

Dear RPCVs of South Florida,

I wanted to say "Thank you," one last time to all of you. The classrooms are finished, and the entire community is escatic about it. Many people are saying this is the most beautiful building they have ever seen, and that they cannot wait for their children to be able to attend classes in it.

Thank you all so very much for your generous contribution. It truly has made a difference in our community!

Sierra - PCV Benin


News from the Market!

 if you’re low on coffee or would like to give a Fair Trade Market item as a gift, please feel free to contact mailto:ftm@rpcvsf.org and we’ll make arrangements to deliver the fair trade item to you.


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.

     Go-Today.com is offering 3 nights in Santiago, Chile, and 3 nights on Easter Island for $2000 per person. Your life will be incomplete until you have seen the moai on Easter Island. Travel@RPCVSF.org has done this trip and has used this vendor 7 or 8 times. Both are highly recommended. For information, please click here: Easter Island


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.

A program of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, Inc.

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31 Jul 2016 1:10 PM (EDT) • Marlins Park
05 Aug 2016 5:00 PM (EDT) • Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami (events ALSO in Broward at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl, Miramar)
05 Aug 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Taco Beach Shack, 334 Arizona St., Hollywood, FL
20 Aug 2016 (EDT) • Namibia
09 Sep 2016 5:00 PM (EDT) • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL
10 Sep 2016 11:00 AM (EDT) • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL
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