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22 Apr 2018 2:00 PM • A.D. "Doug" Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155
05 May 2018 5:00 PM • 2151 SW 17th St - Miami
07 Sep 2018 5:00 PM • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL

RPCV Jody Olsen Named Peace Corps Director

Dr. Josephine (Jody) K. Olsen was sworn in as the 20th Director of the Peace Corps on March 30, 2018. For More Information, Please Click: Peace Corps Director

Job Posting

MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy
  (iCED – www.mdc.edu/iced) has 1 PT job opening
       helping lead MDC’s civic engagement efforts

Click Here After Logging In for More Info: Employment / Job Board

RPCVSF to N a m i b i a

Travel, a program of RPCVSF,  has been requested by 2 non-Peace Corps friends to consider a repeat of our great 2016 safari to Namibia for 15 days between September 15, 2018, and October 10, 2018.. Travel needs 4 more interested people to ask the travel agency to put it together with exact dates and pricing. After that, Travel needs 6 paying commitments to make the safari happen. This is a customized safari which means it is a few days shorter than most to fit RPCV work schedules better. This also means the boring stuff (Yes,. Even in Africa, some things are boring.) has been replaced by more interesting things. You will not find our itinerary on any safari with any travel company.

Namibia is the most interesting safari country in Africa. It has animals, sights, geography, South African wine, and 150 years of history from Boer wars to world wars to Mandela. Don’t believe Travel? Request a copy of Why Namibia? From travel@rpcvsf.org. Or just use the same address to say you are interested in the safari. When Travel receives 4 more interested people, the safari comes together with exact dates and prices. Until then, there is NO COMMITMENT. Click Namibia I to read about our 2016 trip to Namibia.

Travel @ RPCVSF.org  Goes  to
     C e n t r a l   A f r i c a

For the Story, Please Click the following: Travel goes to Central Africa.pdf 

Write Your Peace Corps Book Online

Want to write a book about your Peace Corps experience? John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-1964), author of 26 books of award-winning fiction and nonfiction, including his Peace Corps novel, Long Ago and Far Away (2014) and How to Write a Novel in 100 Days (2013), will lead a two-month seminar beginning this June for RPCVs.

John is editor of www.peacecorpsworldwide.org

The online seminar will feature videos, class discussions, and individual phone conversations. The seminar will be limited to ten students and have a flexible schedule. Besides writing, the seminar will also focus on ways to publish and promote a finished manuscript.  Interested RPCVs should contact John at jcoyneone@gmail.com by May 1, 2018 to secure a spot in the seminar. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd, 2018 19th Annual Everglades Outing

This year 29 RPCVSF members, 11 Kiwanis Club of Biscayne Bay members and six park rangers from the Everglades National Park hosted 78 wonderful kids and 37 accompanying adults from five homeless shelters for a day in the Florida Everglades. The total attendance including guests was 169.

For more photos of the day, please click on "Our Photo Album" on the left side menu.

Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species.

 Among the Everglades' abundant wildlife are the endangered leatherback turtle, Florida panther and West Indian manatee. The Everglades is the only place in the world where the American alligator and the American Crocodile coexist.

Happy Hour

The Grove Spot - January 5th, 2017

Left to right: Aldo (Costa Rica); Genevieve (Malawi); Justin (Honduras); Doris (Venezuela); Ted (Philippines); Kathi (South Korea); Willie (Ecuador); Greg (Nigeria); John (Ukraine)

A Happy New Year from HELP




We met our match... and more!


HELP would not be able to send 1 student to school let alone 165 if it wasn't for you. We are grateful for all our supporters. 


Thank you!

RPCVSF's 2017 donations to HELP generated by our Fair Trade Market sales typically cover Room and Board for 2 students.  With the matching effect of this year’s donation, it’s 4 !!!!  Keep shopping.


Redlands Christian Migrant Association


On Friday, December 8th, Mary Lamberts and Doris Vincent of RPCVSF traveled to the offices of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Immokalee, to deliver a check (donations collected at our AGM and matched by RPCVSF) and lots of toys for RCMA kids (collected at our holiday party).

RCMA helps infants as young as 6 weeks old, and school-aged children in their charter school and after-school programs, where children receive the professional loving care and education that is so important for their future success.  It brings peace of mind to parents who leave their treasures in RCMA’s safe hands while they work to get ahead. 

The RPCVSF Board of Directors selected RCMA to receive the money and toys we collected, since many of the migrants temporarily lost their livelihoods when Mother Nature flooded out crops in the Immokalee area, making it difficult for the workers to buy Christmas gifts for their children.   Our sincere thanks (and those of RCMA) go to all RPCVs who made donations.

PostCard from Tanzania

Thanking Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida for our donation through the Peace Corps Partnership program for the Labor and Delivery Building at the Ltimbo Clinic. 

October 7th, 2017 Spirit of Service Learning Award Dinner

Photo of Kindergarten thru 12 Finalists and Winners with

Stephanie King from the Teacher of the Year Coalition

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