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16 May 2021 4:00 PM • Zoom
21 May 2021 10:30 AM • FIU - 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199

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The April - May 2021 Tropical Currents Newsletter is here - Click Below


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Kennedy Era Peace Corps TV Footage


Continuing with the celebration of Peace Corps’ 60th anniversary, on Sunday, May 16th at 4pm, RPCVSF will be showing “Kennedy Era Peace Corps Footage.” 


This video presents scenes from 60’s Peace Corps sites in Nigeria, Thailand, Colombia and St. Lucia, among others, as well as early volunteers who answered President John F. Kennedy’s call to service.


Narrated by Dave Garroway, a well-known television personality of that time, it features an interview with the first Peace Corps director, Sargent Shriver.  “Sarge” discusses various aspects of the development of the Peace Corps such as host country requests and skills required, and volunteer application, selection, training and assignments.


A highlight of the video is several warm and inspiring messages from JFK himself.  Even if you’ve seen it before, we think you’ll enjoy it and hope that you’ll join us!


You can register by clicking on the event in Calendar at the top of this page. When you Register, the system will acknowledge and send you a Zoom Link.


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COMING SOON


A HANDMADE GIFT BY RPCVSF PRESIDENT DAVID GARCIA TO OUR COMMUNITY


THE PEACE CORPS DOVE HAS NOW BEEN INSTALLED AT FIU


The Dedication will be on May 21st, 2021 at 10:30 AM at FIU


To Register at FIU, please click on the event in the above Calendar





May 1, 2021 IN PERSON MEETING OF THE RPCVSF BOARD OF DIRECTORS





Travel MOVES Again!



By travel@rpcvsf.org


After getting fully vaccinated, TRAVEL began searching the web for bargains and other great travel opportunities to share with you. Found this jewel. Don’t just drink it in, JOIN US, that is Margaret Snoeren and me to Morocco. Marge is a Nigeria RPCV who went on our last Namibia trip.


We are using Overseas Adventure Travel January 15, 2022, through January 30, 2022. (Google oattravel). We are both veteran OAT travelers. TRAVEL has used them 6 times. For this trip, they answered all my questions about refunds if the trip is cancelled by a third party. Their discounts are phenomenal including one for early payment. If you have never used OAT, you will be asked who referred you. The magic words are “greg zell”. When you return home, I will be sent $100 which I will forward to you for lagniappe.


The airfare on AA with codeshare Royal Air Maroc from MIA is around $800 round trip as of this writing. Air fares change often as the departure grows nearer. CAUTION: Do NOT book the air package through OAT. They appear to be making up for the land package discounts by their air charges. The airlines are being very cooperative at the moment with their refund policies in the event of cancellation or other ticket changes. Nevertheless, I purchased Trip Insurance which I assume has some sort of Covid exception but gives me some extra comfort.


Morocco has been a major Peace Corps country for years. It was a French colony  and remains a favorite of French tourists. You don’t speak French? Ca ne fait rien. That is ca with a cedilla.




Is Your Passport Ready to Go?


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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: REALITY CHECK

Click Travel for the February 16th, 2021 Update


I knew we should have re-confirmed our return flight!  How many hours to Miami by this boat?


Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs



Peace Corps will be hiring soon for Recruiter positions in various locations across the United States. To be considered, an individual must have noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) and submit materials to the NCE job posting on USAjobs. Once you are added to the RPCV/RPCRV Non-Competitive certificate, you will receive notifications from hiring managers for open positions. Some of these are field-based positions, meaning you would work from your home, and others are office-based positions, which would require you to work from our HQ or one of the three regional offices. However, Peace Corps is currently in maximum telework flexibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to indicate “Volunteer Recruitment” as a job category for consideration.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/590161000

RE-IMAGINING PEACE CORPS!

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Happy 60th Birthday Peace Corps


Zoom Fiesta - February 28, 2021




RPCVSF's Zoom Holiday Get-Together - Sunday, December 20th, 2020






A big thanks to everyone who participated in our Holiday zoom gathering yesterday!!  The event was a lot of fun, and it was so great to hear members from both our Gulf Coast group as well as the Miami group recounting stories from their Christmas pasts in their respective countries!  Let's aim to make this an annual event!