Peace Corps Planning in the News

Future plans for the Peace Corps and the PC community have been in the news lately and received mention in the recently-completed Presidential campaigns. Both candidates voiced support for Peace Corps including at venues promoting the value of public service. RPCVs for ObamaA metro-DC group called RPCVs for Obama was very active in the campaign, and collected suggestions for improving Peace Corps that were forwarded to the candidate. NPCA’s More Peace Corps awareness campaign is ongoing, and now includes a petition drive to show President-elect Obama the scope of its support. Other ideas that have recently surfaced are a proposal by Mead Over (RPCV Burkina Faso ’67-’69) of the Center for Global Development to create a Global Health Corps. and the recommendation of current Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter that a Peace Corps Foundation be created as an independent NGO. New NPCA Board member Chuck Ludlam and his wife Paula Hirschoff, 2-time RPCVs, having served in the ’60s and in 2005-07, are making available upon request, an extensive draft Comprehensive Plan for Peace Corps 2009-2013, prepared as background material for the Dodd/Kennedy PCV Empowerment Act (S. 732), which awaits consideration in the new Congress.

With the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps now less than 3 years away in 2011, there is a window of opportunity to both share our individual and collective ideas and to start planning for a SEAPAX commemoration of this special birthday. Please direct your thoughts and suggestions to the board.