RPCV-NJ Facebook Group

RPCV-NJ has a new Facebook Group!

Through this group, we hope to encourage more communication amongst New Jersey RPCVs regarding local events, outreach opportunities, jobs, and more. Please join and add your other RPCV-NJ friends!

In this closed group, anyone may post public event notices, social requests, housing offers, job postings, and anything else of wide interest to our members.

Please refrain from advertising products, services, or events which are political in nature. Basic etiquette rules are always in effect. Please be advised posts will be removed if they violate these rules.

Be sure to like the NJ-RPCV Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/RPCVNJ if you haven’t already. The Facebook page will continue to be a source for photos and videos from events as well as postings about future events.

RPCV-NJ Supports Two PCP Projects

Peace Corps Partnership projects in Madagascar and the Dominican Republic were both supported with donations from RPCV-NJ as of the August board meeting. Both projects are led by Peace Corps Volunteers from New Jersey.

1. Olivia Prentzel is the lead on a project in Madagascar “Give Access to Reading in Rural Madagascar.” Olivia, her counterpart, and community members are working hard to create a continuing learning center to support their youth groups’ activities and provide resources for adults and students looking to further their education.

2. R. Wright is leading a “Latrines Project” in the Dominican Republic. Due to poor conditions of or total lack of many latrines in a small rural community located in the northwestern part of the Dominican Republic, many individuals from families of low socioeconomic status defecate in their backyards, causing damage to the environment and to the community. Due to such negative impacts within the community, a Latrine Committee formed by the community’s health promoters of Hogares Saludables (Healthy Homes), are determined to build 16 new pit latrines with the help of two local masons. Each step of the process to build the latrines requires participation from the community, primarily from the Latrine Committee, the local masons, and the families receiving the latrines. The beneficiary families are required to pass health training and latrine maintenance classes presented by the women in the Latrine Committee. The latrine project will greatly help the beneficiary families by mitigating health risks such as the risk of fecal-oral disease transmission, improving overall sanitation, and helping implement basic health and hygiene practices.

Learn more about past funded projects by RPCV-NJ

Around the World / International Day of Peace

An Outreach event took place at The College of New Jersey on September 20, 2016. A collaborative effort between The College of New Jersey (TCNJ- Administrators and Professors who made their students aware of the event), the Peace Corps (Recruiter Dan Turkel and two PC Student Ambassadors at TCNJ who worked to promote the event) and RPCV-NJ proved to be very successful. Too many to count, there were at least several dozen attendees at the event, some waiting in line outside the room before it actually began at 5pm. The activity continued throughout the two hours of the event.

Thanks to all NJ RPCVs who helped out with this event!

Peace Corps Around the World Fair – September 20

Around the World Fair: Over 15 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be present representing their countries of service. This is your chance to speak with volunteers from a variety of countries and assignments and expose your senses to photos, clothing, art, music and more from around the globe.

Parking Directions: The event will take place in Room 212 of the Education Building. Parking is available in either the Metzger Garage or Forcina Garage. The Education building and both of these garages are marked with yellow stars in this map. No parking permit will be necessary.

Make a difference in a community overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Our online application takes less than an hour to complete and allows you to choose where and how you would like to serve. Explore the current Volunteer openings or contact a recruiter who served in the Peace Corps and can guide you through the application process.


For questions about this event, contact Daniel Turkel.

For more information, visit the official website.

Coffee and Conversation – September 29

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Starbucks Coffee 
(1150 Whitehorse Mercerville Road, Hamilton Township, NJ)
Anytime between 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Stop by anytime between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.  Drop by for five minutes to say hello.  Stay longer if you can.  Connect with members of the Trenton/Hamilton area Peace Corps community. Meet National Peace Corps Association Advocacy Director Jonathan Pearson. Learn more about exciting initiatives at the NPCA, get connected to the New Jersey Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and find out the important role you can play to ensure the future of a strong, vibrant Peace Corps.
A special presentation on NPCA programs and activities will be held at 5:30 PM.
Questions? Call 301-891-2146

Free Concert and Meteor Viewing – September 14

Followed by Meteor Viewing if the Night is Clear

Duke Island Park (191 Old York Road, Bridgewater) is a delightful venue for an outdoor concert. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, picnic basket etc.
Open to the public & FREE (except for food purchases).
Family & friends welcome too.
5:30pm  Meet to the right of the stage. Area will be marked by a Peace Corps flag/banner on a pole.

Bring your appetite – for great food and music! A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 6pm to start the festivities.

7pm – 8:30pm Concert

Then the music begins at 7pm. Tramps Like Us brings more than 25 years of musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Given high praise by dozens of publications, radio stations, and music industry personnel, they are the only tribute band to be endorsed by the official Springsteen Radio Station: E Street Radio on Sirius XM. The group captures the classic Springsteen sound, and remains true to the spirit and energy of the music, while delivering songs with the passion and conviction of the Boss.

8:30 – 9:00pm+ Perseid Meteor Shower (although park closes shortly after theconcert is finished)

If the night is clear, meteors may be visible following the concert. The Perseid Meteor Shower takes place during this time, peaking August 12-13th.

NOTE:  In case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 7. The Somerset County Park Commission will also post weather updates on Twitter and Facebook.

RSVP & Questions: Christie Musa rpcvnj.president@gmail.com or 908.283.9990

This concert series is made possible by the generous donation of the Somerset County Park Foundation, with contributing funding from Magic 98.3 WMGQ, Hyatt House Branchburg, The Courier News, and Horizon Services.

NPCA Peace Corps Connect

The Sept. 21-25 Peace Corps Connect in D.C. is coming up quickly, and we need to pool our efforts to help mobilize our Peace Corps community to join hundreds, perhaps thousands, of fellow RPCVs for one or more days of Peace Corps Connect. 2016 is Peace Corps’ 55th anniversary!

And if you activate your free NPCA membership on the National Peace Corps Association’s database, you’ll get a 15% discount to Peace Corps Connect

Peace Corps Connect is going to be a dynamic, productive, and fun!


Wednesday morning, Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace screening of the powerfully inspiring filmRefugee: the Eritrean Exodus, including a post-screening discussion with The America Team for Displaced Eritreans. 

Thursday morning, Sept. 22 is Capitol Hill Advocacy Day to ensure the future of the Peace Corps.. Our Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, on Thursday morning, September 22, RPCV constituents will walk the hallways of Congress to convince Congress that the world needs a bigger, better, Peace Corps now more than ever.

Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22 is the Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting for affiliate group leaders or aspiring group leaders.  This is an indispensable best practices and networking workshop. We will end the day with a celebratory reception on Capitol Hill in which the first-ever Sam Farr Congressional Leadership Award will be presented.

End of Thursday, Sept. 22, is a celebratory reception on Capitol Hill at which the first-ever Sam Farr Congressional Leadership Award will be presented.


Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 showcase the cornerstone events of Peace Corps Connect.

Driven by our Peace Corps community, this year’s summit focuses on our contributions to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as well as to Peace Corps’ Third Goal.

Keynote speakers include Nobel Laureate and Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, author, journalist and documentarian Sebastian Junger, and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

Activate your NPCA membership on NPCA’s new database and get a 15% discount to Peace Corps Connect!

Sunday morning, Sept 25 caps Peace Corps Connect with a Walk for Peace. We will raise the Peace Corps flag high above Washington, D.C. for all to see that we’re 55 and going strong.

Sunday midday, Sept. 25 wraps up Peace Corps Connect with a JAMFEST on Capitol Hill.

This is a national event, so come celebrate alongside Peace Corps community members from around the country.

NJ-RPCVs attend Trenton Thunder Game 7/31

On July 31st, a number of NJ-RPCVs attended a Trenton Thunder baseball game. The picnic area provided a comfortable setting, lots of opportunity to talk to RPCVs, family & friends who attended, plenty of food and the Trenton Thunder won both their games against the Altoona Curve (double header due to postponement of Saturday’s game). One of the attendees even went home with a foul ball!