RPCV Mentoring Program Launched

Through a cooperative agreement with Peace Corps, the National Peace Corps Association is coordinating a pilot mentoring program to connect RPCVs with volunteers who have recently completed Peace Corps service and are transitioning back to life in the U.S. We are pleased to announce that Portland, Oregon is one of the pilot regions for this program.

This pilot program will provide a unique opportunity for newly returned volunteers to connect with others who have gone through the same experience of “reverse culture shock” following Peace Corps service. Mentors will assist mentees in making the transition to new jobs or educational programs, and introduce them to the local RPCV community. An initial orientation meeting will provide mentors with valuable training and resources, including a Mentor Toolkit with tools and strategies for effective mentoring. From January through June 2007, mentors and mentees will meet face-to-face and communicate regularly by phone and e-mail, and will offer feedback to NPCA about their experiences.

In each region, we are seeking 15 RPCV mentors, as well as 15 recently returned volunteers to be matched with mentors. For full details, eligibility requirements, and to apply to be a mentor or a mentee, please visit http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/mentoring. The deadline for submitting applications is December 15.

We welcome your involvement as we build this mentoring program. If you have any questions or suggestions, please direct them to mentor@rpcv.org.

Anne Baker
Vice President
National Peace Corps Association