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POSTPONED: RPCV-NJ Family Weekend Camping Event in September, South Jersey

The planned RPCV & family weekend camping event in September at Frontier Campground has been postponed until next September. 

For more information please contact Christie Musa at H: 908.475.8269 or C: 908.283.9990 oraloha8@embarqmail.com 

Breast Cancer Risk Study for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

The National Peace Corps Association has partnered with researchers at Baylor College of Medicine to determine if there is a link between the risk of cancers, including breast cancer, and medications taken during Peace Corps service. The investigators have developed an online survey for RPCVs to measure health and health-affecting behaviors.

The goal is that EVERY woman who served in the Peace Corps between 1961 and 1990 is represented in this study. 

If you are interested in participating, go to this link to learn more about the study: https://corpschronicles.research.bcm.edu/news/, and you may contact the study organizers at Baylor College of Medecine at corpschronicles@bcm.edu to ask to receive a study invitation.  The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

You can also get more information by going to the NPCA website (www.peacecorpsconnect.org)  and search for “breast cancer study”.

Come to Peace Corps Connect in Nashville!

The National Peace Corps Association and the Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers want to see YOU in Nashville from June 19-21, 2014!

Take part in this exciting event, with thought-provoking sessions, opportunities to network with your fellow RPCVs, and speeches by global leaders such as Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Surin Pitsuwan and Mike Tidwell. Continue reading

Breast Cancer Risk Study for RPCVs

The National Peace Corps Association has partnered with researchers at Baylor College of Medicine to determine if there is a link between the risk of cancers, including breast cancer, and medications taken during Peace Corps service. Studies in animals suggest that people who took a commonly used medication in the past to prevent or cure malaria may be at lower risk of developing some diseases today, such as cancer or heart disease. Continue reading

Annual Picnic in Harmony

Saturday, May 31, 2014   11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Harmony Recreation Area Pavilion,   Route 519 South, Harmony, NJ (Warren County)

Rain or Shine!

Prospective volunteers or those who have joined the Peace Corps and are preparing to serve are welcome too. Please bring some food and/or beverage to share, ethnic dishes welcomed.

Crock pots and warming trays can be plugged in. If a grill is desired, you would have to bring one to use. Bring sports equipment, kites etc. A playground and large open fields are available for recreation. Picnic tables are available but you might bring a blanket or lawn chair(s).

Regarding directions to the RPCV picnic this Saturday, if the address 3003 Belvidere Avenue, Phillipsburg, NJ is used, people can get directions online to the Harmony Recreation area (Phillipsburg street address but in Harmony Township- Route 519/Belvidere Avenue). Remember, rain or shine!

GAMES & CONTEST We will have some ice-breaker games again this year but also there will be a contest for those who have & are willing to wear clothing from their country of service. The guidelines/rules are not in place yet but come dressed (or bring your clothes to change into – restrooms are available for that purpose) and you could win a prize. We will arrange an opportunity for you to explain something about the clothing and the country of origin so we can all learn something from this too.
Please RSVP to Christie Musa and if anyone has questions they can call H: 908.475.8269 / C: 908.283.9990 or email christie.musa@gmail.com

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Create Cambodia Arts Festival Supported by RPCV-NJ

From March 21st to 23rd, students, community members, arts-based NGOs, artists, and PCVs gathered in Kandal province to celebrate student artwork, poetry, and performances. This project was support by RPCV-NJ.

Click this link to read more . . .

RPCV-NJ Ethnic Dining event – June 1 in Bordentown, NJ

Go Green in June! Join your fellow returned Peace Corps volunteers for food, fun, and friendship at the Dubh Linn Square Restaurant in Bordentown at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The extensive menu features a variety of Irish and American favorites, with most hot meals ranging from $15 – $24. There is a full-service bar and ample parking. Individual checks will be provided. Continue reading

Atlanta RPCVs Selling PC T-Shirts to Support PC Partnership Programs

Atlanta RPCVs are selling Peace Corps T-Shirts to help support PC Partnership Programs around the world.  AARPCV’s most recent donation (February 2014), was the final $3,100 towards a maternity house construction project led by a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo. The project, which is almost complete, will provide a safe place to stay adjacent to the health clinic for women who are in their last month of pregnancy.  To find out more  please see our “RPCV Connections” tab.