Peace Corps Day

All Seattle area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are invited to attend the annual celebration of Peace Corps Day, March 1, 2007 at the University of Washington. Come meet and greet prospective applicants, their friends, and family members and to celebrate the Peace Corps’ 46th anniversary. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 1, 2007, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
University of Washington
Parrington Hall (3rd Floor, Commons Room).
Featured Presentation will be A Better Way of Doing Grad School: Peace Corps Offers Option to Earn Master’s Degree While Serving Overseas

University of Washington students, Seattle-Tacoma area locals, and members of the press are invited to a free informational event to learn more about the Peace Corps Master’s International program – a unique combination of graduate coursework and Peace Corps service on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Parrington Hall (3rd Floor, Commons Room). Universities currently participating in the Peace Corps Master’s International program offer a variety of degrees, specialties and minors offered within an assortment of discipline areas.

The Peace Corps Master’s International program at the University of Washington prepares students for careers in natural resources, public health or public/non-profit administration. Under the programs that the University of Washington offers, students would attend graduate school for one academic year, serve as Peace Corps volunteers for two years (plus three months of training) and return to school for one or two quarters. Students complete theses or final degree projects based on their Peace Corps experience.


Keynote Speakers

Bion Bliss

Bion served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa from 2004 – 2006. He is an MPA candidate at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs.
As a Peace Corps volunteer, Bion worked at a non-governmental organization called Lifeline in Rustenberg, South Africa in a program entitled NGO Capacity Building/HIV&AIDS Integration.
Lifeline is an organization that trains and supervises counsellors in public health facilities to do HIV&AIDS-related & general counselling.
Bion’s assignment included volunteer skills development, project planning and implementation, prescribing and implementing policies, and counselling and training.
Bion formed and directed the Marketing Action Team at Lifeline to train volunteers to deliver marketing services and encourage people to get tested for HIV. And, in 2006, Bion organized a half-marathon of Peace Corps volunteers to raise money for a foundation that sponsors education for underprivileged children.
Near the end of his service, Bion’s strategic planning initiative and grant proposal helped Lifeline to win a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief grant for 3.5 million rand per year for two years to conduct a mobile HIV testing unit along with HIV prevention activities.

Meaghan Frisbee

Meaghan, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 2004 – 2006. She is an MPA candidate at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs.
Meaghan worked at an organization called SOS Kinderdorf in Oruro, Bolivia as a small business consultant. SOS Kinderdorf is a large international NGO that works to prevent child abandonment through a variety of services, including a daycare center and training courses for some 400 mothers in the areas of health, women’s rights, education, and business training.
As a small business consultant, Meaghan’s job included teaching business skills classes involving basic accounting, customer service, and marketing, and overseeing the micro-loan program. For the micro-loan program, she worked with entrepreneurs to make sure they were using the money as planned and made timely payments, and helped them to solve business problems.
Meaghan worked with six families to secure a Small Projects Assistance grant through the Peace Corps to help them build a greenhouse.