We’ll be having a busy Peace Corps Week this year! SEAPAX has been invited to participate in two special community events during the first week in March, plus an expo sponsored by the Seattle Peace Corps office. Your help is needed to make all of these events a success. Here is a list of the venues , with descriptions and contact details:
1) Forum on Women & Climate Change
When: Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Who: Sponsored by the Seattle League of Women Voters
Where: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. (at Seneca Street), downtown Seattle
Climate change affects women in poor countries with an especially severe wallop. Globally, women are the primary planters and harvesters of food. Women walk long distances to collect water and gather firewood for cooking and heating. In addition, women are the primary nurturers of children. But unpredictable weather, drought and floods resulting from climate change each contribute to the scarcity of clean water and the shrinking of women’s food production for family and community. Loss of essential nutrition follows, bringing increased illness and fewer opportunities for girls and women to attend school and earn a living. Women in threatened areas are working locally to solve this global problem, and League women – and men – can join them by taking action to interrupt the downward spiral. The League of Women Voters of Seattle’s March forum will honor Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Please join us in connecting the dots between the plight of our sisters in poor and developing countries and how our actions here affect them. A knowledgeable panel will set the stage for us to develop an action plan that each of us can carry out. Admission is free.
SEAPAX will be a cosponsor of the event, and will have a resource table where we can share info about our group and relevant work here and/or in our PC countries of service and elsewhere worldwide. We need at least 2 people to staff the table.
2) 2010 UW World Languages Day and Culture Fair
Who: UW K-12 Education Outreach
When: Friday, March 5, 10:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
Where: HUB( Husky Union Building) at UW-Seattle
Program description: 2010 UW World Languages Day(WLD) is an event for high school students and teachers. This statewide event, now in its 13th year, is a showcase for various aspects of world languages and culture and an opportunity for students to expand their global view of the world. The Culture Fair offers attendees a fun and informal way to experience the diversity of the world at the UW and beyond.
We’ve been asked to be ready to share info about SEAPAX, and how we carry out 3rd Goal activities, including, but not limited to, how we learned languages in Peace Corps, how we use these languages now, PC service and career opportunities and more. SEAPAX will have a table adjacent to that of the Seattle Peace Corps office. We need volunteers for 2-hour shifts during the day, including someone who can be there to set up at 10 a.m.
To sign up for the LWV or the WLD events please send an email to board(at)seapax(dot)org by Feb. 25, indicating for which event you are volunteering. For WLD, please let us know for which 2-hour time slot you can be there. For any questions, please contact Joana Ramos, SEAPAX President, at 206-229-2420.
3) Around the World in 90 Minutes
Who: Seattle Peace Corps Recruiting Office
When: Friday, March 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: REI – Flagship Store, 222 Yale Avenue N, Seattle
This Peace Corps Week event will be an expo format with countries grouped together by region. RPCVs are needed to showcase their former country of service by sharing photos and artifacts, wearing traditional dress, showing video on a laptop,
teaching a traditional dance … anything to bring guests on a virtual world tour of Peace Corps countries and the Peace Corps experience. Collaborating with other
RPCVs from your country of service is encouraged.
To sign-up, please send an email to Melanie Forthun, Public Affairs Specialist, PC NW Region Office, by Friday, February 12 , at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or