Returned Peace Corps
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Events Calendar

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Upcoming events

    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • 5530 Sunset Drive, Miami 33143

    If the Tropical Audubon Society isn’t already in your radar, you might have passed by their headquarters near downtown South Miami, never even noticing an unassuming, rustic, wooden house on a large lot, set back from Sunset Drive east of Red Road.  If so, it’s time you became acquainted with TAS!

    TAS volunteer and RPCVSF member Steve Rawlins (Korea ’71-72) will be our host and guide to see the property and learn about TAS.  Other TAS volunteers among our RPCV community may also be there.

    Please registerfor the free tour and (optional) picnic lunch ($7) by Wednesday, April

    1st.  Pay cash for lunch at the event. Please include yourself and additional guests (adults and school-age children) in your registration.

    If the number of lunches you want is different from the total number registered in your party, or if you have additional preschool childrenplease email Patty

    10:00 AM - Tour the grounds which feature native plants and habitats, and a new bird-friendly demo garden.  Learn about TAS and its activities to “conserve and restore South Florida ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats.”

    11:00 AM – Tour the fascinating Doc Thomas House (TAS headquarters) built in 1932 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and learn about the history of the house and “Doc” Thomas.

    12:00-12:45 PM – Picnic lunch.  Reserve a lunch of sandwiches, salads/sides and drinks ($7), or bring your own, or stay on your diet and just stay to socialize.

    Free parking on site (enter from SW 55th Ave., south of Sunset). 

    Kids and guests are welcome, but please leave Fido at home.

    Questions? Please email Patty at  

    More info about TAS:
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • A.D. "Doug" Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155 - Shelter # 3

    The Bon Voyage Picnic will be held on April 26th at A.D. "Doug" Barnes Park, Shelter # 3. The picnic and park entrance are free, Rain or Shine. Glass bottles and pets are not allowed in the park.

    Please Register so we know how many to prepare for.

    The afternoon’s itinerary:

    2–4 pm 

    Enjoy visiting with invitees, their families and your fellow RPCVS. Bring photos of your service days to share. Snacks and beverages will be provided, but feel free to bring more! There are also nature trails, a pool, a playground and space around the shelter if you'd like to bring outdoor games. You are welcome to come earlier to enjoy the amenities.

    45:30 pm

    Honor the upcoming PCVs and share a potluck meal.  You are encouraged to bring a dish from your country of service.  Several upcoming PCVs and their families have already accepted the invitation, so please be generous with your dishes! If your dish needs to be kept cool or warm until we eat, please bring it in your own insulated container. The shelter does not have refrigeration.

     Drinks and kid/adult-friendly sandwiches will also be provided.

    See for directions and more information. 

    Email Patty at if you have any questions.

    Besides a dish and your family, please consider bringing photos from your PC service.  Last year a photo album from Sierra Leone helped calm the fears of parents who were fearful of their daughter going to Africa.  Many of invitees are the first in their family to venture far away from home, even though the parents may be immigrants.  The experience of talking with you will be helpful to invitees and their families, and you will be impressed with the crop of upcoming Peace Corps Volunteers.  You’ll enjoy talking with them as much as they will appreciate talking with you!

    • 30 May 2020
    • 10 Jun 2020
    • Namibia

    All safaris are postponed to a date indefinite.

    Watch our website for a rescheduling.

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


    Trip Leader Greg Zell (Nigeria)

    Greg’s very BIG birthday party June 9 at Joe’s Beer House in Windhoek. 

    Honorary Hostess: TUEY MURDOCK (Colombia)

    May 30 (recommended) through June 10, 2020

    Safari limited to 14 travelers with a payment schedule.

     The non-refundable deposit will be made as a group March 23, $500

    Facilitator: Acacia Namibia.

    This is a customized itinerary based on but shorter and more interesting than one used by Overseas Adventure Travel at an amazing price.

    Note: The trip leader receives no compensation.

    Highly Recommended Option:

    Depart May 30; Arrive Johannesburg May 31 to recover from the long flight. Take a half day tour June 1 of city and Soweto Townships. Visit home of Nelson Mandela and see home of Desmond Tutu. Fly to Windhoek June 2.

    Safari approximately $4000 including International air from MIA via ATL to Johannesburg and on to Windhoek, Namibia. You book airlines directly and can use frequent flyer miles. You will be guided in booking flights and hotel in Johannesburg. Single rooms are very scarce. Request a roommate.

    Travel insurance is available with cancellation option at an absurdly high premium. (Travelex) Evacuation policy is available  (Emergency Assistance Plus $179 varies by age).

    Notify Greg Zell at to book or for questions.

    DEADLINE: Sunday March 22, 2020

    You are required to take anti-malaria medication. Malarone is the suggested one with the least side effects. A generic version is available and covered by Obamacare. You will be guided through this. If you will not take anti-malaria medication, DO NOT BOOK THIS TRIP. The Malaria in Namibia is not deadly. It will only knock you out of commission for a week or so during which time you will wish you were dead.

    PACK LIGHTLY: You are strictly limited to 44 pounds and must have a carry-on for medicines.

    You will be given Peace Corps/CDC protocols on eating and drinking in Africa. Bottled water will be available when needed because the trip leader is in charge of water. Follow the protocols and you will not get sick from anything you eat or drink. Promise.

    This is not a strenuous trip with little walking. If you have difficulty getting in or out of a safari vehicle, there are always large men of color around to assist you.

    Other trip highlights:

    1. Initiation of Newbies (people who have never been to Africa) at Tribes Lounge in The Emperor’s Palace Casino complex.
    2. Dinner at Tribes Restaurant. The ostrich steak in berry sauce is not to be missed. Vegetarian note: It tastes like kale. 
    3. Climb a sand dune. Slide back down on your butt.
    4. Experience Darwinian theory at work in the seal rookery.
    5. Watch the sea create skeletons along the Skeleton Coast
    6. Sundowners: The sun sets in the west in Namibia. We toast it every night at no extra charge.
    7. 2 game drives in Etosha National Park, one of the largest in Africa.
    8. Desert adapted elephants and standard elephants.
    9. Cheetahs and at least one leopard at the Africat Foundation Conservancy.  

    10.  See the remains of history: First Boer War, Second Boer War, WWI, WWII,   

           South African political revolution of 1948, End of Apartheid, Independence. 

    11.  Desert critter expedition. An eye-popper.

    12.  A tower of giraffes; a crash of rhinos; a bloat of hippos; a pack of painted dogs

            (with luck); a pride of lions (vegetarian tolerant); antelopes you never heard of.

    13.  Mountain and lowland zebras. (Zebra rhymes with Debra.)

    14. 3 of the prettiest cities in Africa: Windhoek, Walvis Bay; Swakopmund.

    15. Ubiquitous warthogs and Guinea fowl. Are those real pork shops and chicken     

           stew on the dinner buffet? Vegetarian alert: They taste like kale.

    16. Brangelina birthing hospital. TWINS!

    17. A major Peace Corps country.


    Note: Food and drink included where indicated. Food, drink, hotel in Johannesburg not included; Food, drink in Windhoek not included.

    This is not a fund raiser. No organization funds are involved.

    ZAR=Zuid Afrika Rand

    Approximately $1 US=15 ZAR=$15Nab

    Rates change daily. Your charge card always gives the best rate.

    The US dollar is VERY strong against these currencies at this time.

    FIRST NIGHT HOTEL: After booking flights, go on line to Metcourt Emperors Palace to book a room for June 1. If you are doing the optional half day city tour, book 2 nights May 31 and June 1 at around $100 US per night. The tour will be the next morning, cost depending on the number of sightseers. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the airport. We do not walk anywhere in Johannesburg. There is an airport shuttle. The hotel has a razor wire fence around it and armed guards. It is part of a huge casino complex holding plenty of money amid very poor neighbors.

    Price Namibia Land Package 

    28500 ZAR=$1900 US

    Single Supplement 5540 ZAR=$363 US

Past events

14 Mar 2020 C A N C E L L E D - A Towering Task, A Documentary Film About Peace Corps
22 Feb 2020 Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
01 Feb 2020 21st RPCVSF Annual Everglades Outing
12 Jan 2020 RPCVSF Bi-Monthly Board Meeting
07 Dec 2019 Annual Holiday Party
21 Nov 2019 Give Miami Day (for our Spirit of Service-Learning Award)
09 Nov 2019 Fair Trade Market at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Nov 9 & 10 - 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
02 Nov 2019 Potluck Pool Party
26 Oct 2019 Annual General Meeting of RPCVSF
12 Oct 2019 Spirit of Service Learning Potluck
01 Oct 2019 Happy Hour to Benefit act4me
21 Sep 2019 Peace Corps Partnership Lunch
06 Sep 2019 C A N C E L L E D 2019 Key Largo RPCVSF Members Retreat / RSVP Pls
23 Aug 2019 Happy Hour -- Mai-Kai
27 Jul 2019 Marlins vs Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Game
19 May 2019 Partnership Lunch at Kavkaz Restaurant
10 May 2019 Peter Hessler, RPCV, Speaking at Books & Books
28 Apr 2019 Bon Voyage Picnic - Please RSVP Now !
27 Apr 2019 Annual Cinco de Mayo Party
30 Mar 2019 Post Everglades National Park Meetup in Homestead
30 Mar 2019 20th Annual Everglades Outing / N E W -- D A T E
16 Mar 2019 International Potluck - Broward County
09 Feb 2019 Partnership Dinner at Moji African Restaurant
26 Jan 2019 20th Annual Everglades Outing / P O S T P O N E D to 30MAR19
11 Jan 2019 Happy Hour -- Tap79 Gastropub
08 Dec 2018 Annual Holiday Party
03 Nov 2018 Potluck Pool Party
27 Oct 2018 International Potluck - Broward County
20 Oct 2018 Annual General Meeting of RPCVSF
13 Oct 2018 Cooking and Conversation Club - Haitian food/Fort Lauderdale
06 Oct 2018 Spirit of Service Learning
30 Sep 2018 Yellow-Green Farmers Market
07 Sep 2018 2018 Key Largo RPCVSF Members Retreat / RSVP Pls
11 Aug 2018 Partnership Dinner
05 Aug 2018 Partnership Dinner - Indonesian food in Hollywood
20 Jul 2018 Happy Hour @ The Grove Spot
08 Jun 2018 Happy Hour
20 May 2018 Celebration of the life of John Farina
05 May 2018 23rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Party
22 Apr 2018 Bon Voyage Picnic / RSVP Pls
08 Apr 2018 Nike Hercules Missile Site Tour / RSVP Pls
31 Mar 2018 Cooking and Conversation Club
17 Mar 2018 South Beach Walking Tour with George Neary
08 Mar 2018 TCP Global Update
24 Feb 2018 Coastal Cleanup at Deering Point - CANCELED
03 Feb 2018 19th Annual Everglades Outing
12 Jan 2018 Reel Topics and Talk Documentary Film Series
05 Jan 2018 Happy Hour @ The Grove Spot
02 Dec 2017 Annual Holiday Party
28 Oct 2017 AGM - Annual General Meeting
07 Oct 2017 Spirit of Service-Learning Award
15 Sep 2017 C A N C E L L E D - 2017 Key Largo RPCVSF Members Retreat
11 Jul 2017 NBIB Hiring Event
31 May 2017 Discussions with A Current Colombia PCV
13 May 2017 Partnership Dinner
06 May 2017 Cinco de Mayo Party
23 Apr 2017 RPCVSF Annual Family & Bon Voyage Picnic
31 Mar 2017 Happy Hour
27 Feb 2017 Peace Corps Week
25 Feb 2017 Partnership Dinner - Korean
14 Jan 2017 RPCVSF Cooking and Conversation Club Luncheon
03 Dec 2016 RPCVSF Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive
19 Nov 2016 Pool party and potluck
09 Nov 2016 REEL Topics and Talk
28 Oct 2016 Happy Hour - Coconut Grove
22 Oct 2016 RPCVSF Annual General Meeting of the Membership
12 Oct 2016 REEL Topics and Talk
01 Oct 2016 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner & 56th Anniversary of Nigerian Independence
14 Sep 2016 Reel, Topics and Talk
10 Sep 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
09 Sep 2016 Key Largo 2016 RPCVSF Members Retreat
04 Sep 2016 RPCV (Romania, 94-96) Lenore Myka will be reading her award-winning book, King of the Gypsies: Stories.
20 Aug 2016 RPCVSF Goes to Namibia
13 Aug 2016 REEL TOPICS and TALK
05 Aug 2016 Happy Hour - Hollywood
05 Aug 2016 Dance Africa Miami and Fashion Show featuring RPCV Linda Lubin
31 Jul 2016 Come Join RPCVSF at Marlins Park
10 Jul 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
24 Jun 2016 Dinner fundraiser for Haitian Education and Leadership Program
14 May 2016 RPCVSF Annual Family & Bon Voyage Picnic
14 May 2016 Pre-Picnic Kayak Excursion
13 May 2016 Oleta State Park Camp Out
07 May 2016 Cinco de Mayo Party
01 May 2016 Board of Directors Meeting - May 2016
22 Apr 2016 RPCVSF Member & Leadership Tour of South Florida
10 Apr 2016 RPCVSF @ PRIDE Miami Beach Parade
07 Apr 2016 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner - 04/07/2016
19 Mar 2016 ECHO Farm Global Food and Farm Festival
18 Mar 2016 Big Read at Big Night in Little Haiti
12 Mar 2016 59th Ghana Independence Celebration
09 Mar 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
03 Mar 2016 Beer & Whiskey Tasting
02 Mar 2016 Peace Corps Week Celebration - Featuring TCP Global; a poolside happy hour celebration
27 Feb 2016 Habitat for Humanity Work Day - Blitz Build Dedication Day
20 Feb 2016 17th Annual Everglades Outing - Part 2
17 Feb 2016 Peace Corps Storytelling: A Spoken Word Workshop
11 Feb 2016 Peace Corps Singles Mingle
30 Jan 2016 17th Annual Everglades Outing
23 Jan 2016 Cooking and Conversation Club Luncheon
16 Jan 2016 The Wall's Annual Pool Party - Potluck (Kayak - Fish - Swim)
10 Jan 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
15 Dec 2015 Holiday Get Together for Trivia Night Tuesday at Taurus & Gift Drive
06 Dec 2015 Peace Corps Divers - Scuba and Snorkeling Outing
05 Dec 2015 Holiday Party & Gift Drive
14 Nov 2015 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
13 Nov 2015 75th Annual Ramble
17 Oct 2015 Cooking and Conversation Club Early Dinner - Haitian food
25 Sep 2015 Disney on Ice
22 Sep 2015 Trivia Night Tuesday at Taurus
11 Sep 2015 Key Largo 2015 RPCVSF Members Retreat
08 Sep 2015 Take Me Out to the Ball Game !
23 Aug 2015 Kayaking - hiking - picnic at MacArthur Beach State Park
01 Aug 2015 Diving/Snorkeling/pier clean-up
25 Jul 2015 Peace Corps Partnership Lunch & Walking Tour
25 Jul 2015 Kayaking
13 Jun 2015 RPCVSF Cooking and Conversation Club Luncheon
05 Jun 2015 RPCVSF travels to the National Peace Corps Association's National Conference
17 May 2015 Bon Voyage Picnic
17 May 2015 Conservancy in Naples Followed by Dinner
16 May 2015 Kayaking - Barbecue
15 May 2015 Oleta State Park Camp Out (In Cabins)
09 May 2015 Cinco de Mayo Party
25 Apr 2015 Habitat for Humanity Work Day With Educate Tomorrow - Miami
22 Apr 2015 Peace Corps Director visits Miami!
12 Apr 2015 RPCVSF March for Gay Pride - 7th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade
11 Apr 2015 SW Florida Dinner and Mixer
11 Apr 2015 Peace Corps Partnership Dinnern - C A N C E L L E D
28 Mar 2015 Celebrate Immokalee and RCMA Tour
28 Mar 2015 Assemble 100,000 Meals in Just 1 Day
08 Mar 2015 RPCV SW Florida Organizing Meeting
07 Mar 2015 16th Annual Everglades Outing - Part 2
04 Mar 2015 Peace Corps Week Happy Hour - Learn about TCP Global
02 Mar 2015 RPCVSF @ Miami Heat Game
01 Mar 2015 Peace Corps Week Story Slam
21 Feb 2015 Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance - RPCVSF Night
14 Feb 2015 West Palm Beach Partnership Lunch
01 Feb 2015 Peace Corps Storytelling: A Spoken Word Workshop
01 Feb 2015 RPCVSF Interpreter Bank
31 Jan 2015 16th Annual Everglades Outing
14 Jan 2015 RPCVSF visits Haiti
10 Jan 2015 RPCVSF Cooking and Conversation Club Inaugural Luncheon
09 Jan 2015 Happy Hour - Miami
20 Dec 2014 Wallcast Concert
14 Dec 2014 Winter Wonderland tour of Hoffman's Chocolates Factory
14 Dec 2014 SCUBA diving and snorkeling with PCDs
06 Dec 2014 Holiday Party
06 Dec 2014 Tour of ECHO Farm
17 Nov 2014 Happy Hour Boca Raton
15 Nov 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
10 Nov 2014 Happy Hour - Stuart, FL
08 Nov 2014 Pool party and potluck
06 Nov 2014 Happy Hour - South Beach
02 Nov 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
25 Oct 2014 Annual Membership Meeting
10 Oct 2014 FIU Launch of the Peace Corps PREP program
04 Oct 2014 Spirit of Service-Learning Award / Celebrating Local Educators party
19 Sep 2014 Happy Hour - Miami
14 Sep 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
05 Sep 2014 Key Largo RPCVSF Members Retreat
08 Aug 2014 Happy Hour and tour of Stranahan House - Ft. Lauderdale
27 Jul 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
26 Jul 2014 Kayaking - picnic - cookout
19 Jul 2014 Happy Hour - Florida Keys
13 Jul 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
12 Jul 2014 Art Museum outing
22 Jun 2014 Family-friendly Potluck/ World Cup watching
22 Jun 2014 Siesta Key Beach Luau
19 Jun 2014 NPCA Annual Conference: Peace Corps Connect
14 Jun 2014 FIFA World Cup watch party
06 Jun 2014 Happy Hour
31 May 2014 Peace Corps Service Stories Presentation
18 May 2014 Bon Voyage Picnic
11 May 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
03 May 2014 Cinco de Mayo Party
22 Apr 2014 Sustainatopia - Happy Hour/Closing Night Party
19 Apr 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
12 Apr 2014 RPCVSF west coast members' Happy Hour
05 Apr 2014 Potluck dinner at the home of Alissa Fiss
22 Mar 2014 Potluck Dinner at Carlos and Sharon's home
10 Mar 2014 Miami Heat game
09 Mar 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
06 Mar 2014 GenNext Happy Hour
25 Feb 2014 Peace Corps Week Event at Univ. of Miami - PC Director will be attending!
19 Feb 2014 Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build
12 Feb 2014 Meet Meleia Egger, Peace Corps National RPCV Group Liaison and Third Goal Program Specialist
25 Jan 2014 2014 Everglades Outing
18 Jan 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
12 Jan 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
21 Dec 2013 Wallcast Concert
15 Dec 2013 Applicant Mentoring potluck
07 Dec 2013 Holiday Party
23 Nov 2013 Partnership Dinner - Miami
17 Nov 2013 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
02 Nov 2013 Pool Party and potluck
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