Peace Corps Welcome Back/Send Off Event – June 25

You’re Invited! Please come out to support recently returned RPCVs and newly invited PCVs to be!
Join Peace Corps staff and RPCVs on Thursday, June 25th (6:30pm-8:30pm) for our annual Welcome Back/Send Off event. You will get a chance to meet RPCVs from every decade, speak with Peace Corps’ Representatives for New Jersey – Rachel Bueide and Patrick McGettigan, and socialize with the Peace Corps community in New Jersey.

Not able to make it? No problem! Friends & family are welcome to attend as well, even if you can’t make it out – there will be opportunities for them to have their questions answered as well as your own during this fun evening event!

All you need to do is RSVP (here) to let us know you’ll be joining us. Feel free to wear traditional dress from you country of service!

Who: RPCVs, Invitees, and friends & family
What: Social & informative event run by Peace Corps & local RPCVs
Where: Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S 2nd Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904
When: June 25th (Thursday) 6/25/15  6:30-8:30pm
Why: To give advice to invitees, share Peace Corps stories, and celebrate Peace Corps Service

There is also still an opportunity for RPCVs to help in many different capacities. Please contact us as soon as possible if you’d like to be involved.

Food: We’re hoping to provide some food in a potluck style. Peace Corps will be able to provide some items and we’d love to have some dishes supplemented by RPCVs. You can make something from your country of service or pick up a simple snack to share on your way over. If you are interested in making a food contribution, please email Rachel Bueide atrbueide@peacecorps.gov

Around the World Fair: Would you like to host a table highlighting items from your service? We will have a handful of tables set up around the room for invitees & applicants to peruse and ask questions about your service and your country. If so, please email Patrick McGettigan at pmcgettigan@peacecorps.gov

Panelist: Are you interested in answering questions about your Peace Corps service, how you connected to friends and family, and the transition upon returning home? If so, please email Rachel Bueide at rbueide@peacecorps.gov

We hope to see you there and again please RSVP (here) to confirm your attendance!

RPCV-NJ Family Picnic and Animal Bell Presentation – June 28

Sunday, June 28, 2015
11:00am to 5:00pm

Harmony Recreation Area Pavilion
Route 519 South, Harmon, NJ
**Note: if the address 3003 Belvidere Avenue, Phillipsburg, NJ is used, you can get directions online to the Harmony Recreation area (Phillipsburg street address but in Harmony Township- Route 519/Belvidere Avenue)**

Rain or Shine! 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 under the pavilion but also a large open grassy area if you want to bring a blanket or lawn chair(s).

Family and friends welcome! Prospective volunteers or those who have joined the Peace Corps and are preparing to serve are welcome too.

Please RSVP to Christie Musa or contact with questions:
Cell: 908.283.9990 or email aloha8@embarqmail.com

Jim Diamond & wife Betty (RPCVs Chad 1971-73) will share their collection of domestic animal bells from around the world. 20-25 of the bells from a collection of 82 bells from 29 countries will be displayed and Jim will describe where and how animal bells are made; why herders uses animal bells; then ring each bell and describe a brief story for each bell. Children are invited to take part in the presentation.

Host an International High School Exchange Student Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

Would you like to have a cross-cultural experience in your community while contributing to improved relations between the United States and other countries? If so, consider hosting an exchange student sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in your home or school.  Each year, almost 2,000 high school students representing over 50 countries are awarded highly competitive merit-based State Department scholarships to study in the United States for an academic year.  These promising young leaders live with American host families across the country, attend high school, and participate in extracurricular and community service activities.  When they return to their home countries, they engage in alumni activities to share what they learned, put their new skills in practice, and maintain their links to the United States as they become leaders in their communities.

The benefits of hosting Department of State-sponsored exchange student go beyond simply welcoming someone new into your family or school and sharing American culture, values, and traditions — when you host an exchange student you welcome a new culture and language, and all the richness that comes with it into your community, help a young person learn and grow, and create long-lasting relationships and memories.  Learn more and fill out an interest form at hosting.state.gov or email youthprograms@state.gov.

June 21st (11-2pm) “Art in the Peace Corps” at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Peace Corps and the Philadelphia Magic Gardens have teamed up to provide a community outreach event titled “Art in the Peace Corps” that will feature an arts-based ‘Around the World’ style table line-up with RPCVs displaying pieces & crafts from their host countries. It will also bring in Isaiah Zagar, lead artist and creator of the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, who is also an RPCV (Peru) and whose experiences as a PCV helped to inspire this work of art & spur the spread of murals across Philadelphia! Magic Gardens expects 500-600 people to pass through their exhibit on this day!

The event description, location, directions, parking etc. can be found here: http://www.phillymagicgardens.org/events/art-the-peace-corps/

This is a great opportunity to bring together RPCVs from every decade to connect with the Philadelphia & greater area community and to support a RPCV’s non-profit!  If you can help by setting up a display table, please contact Patrick McGettigan pmcgettigan@peacecorps.gov

Reminder: RPCVs get in for only 5$ when they let them know they served in Peace Corps at the front desk; anyone displaying their work will get in for free!

Patrick McGettigan

Field-Based Recruitment – Philadelphia / South Jersey

RPCV Mozambique 2011-2013

pmcgettigan@peacecorps.gov

(267) 902-9280

Diversity Stride 2015 – June 6

Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ
Saturday – June 6th, 10:30 -3:00 PM

Each year social justice advocates, change agents, students, community leaders, corporate employees, youth-based organizations, cultural groups and teams of walkers enjoy a leisurely 5K walk in a select New Jersey city park. http://americanconferenceondiversity.org/diversity-stride/

The Diversity Stride promotes community unity and helps to ensure our neighbors of all races, faiths, ethnicities, identities and ages know that they are valued and respected.  At the Diversity Stride, you will enjoy cultural entertainment as well as food and refreshments and the sense of fulfillment that comes along with valuing diversity and promoting respect.

RPCVs are invited to come out and walk with the Peace Corps group! Please contact rbueide@peacecorps.gov if you plan to attend and register online here.

Mexican Dinner before Moody blues Tribute Concert – May 23

All are welcome to join other RPCVs, family & friends on May 23rd at 5:00 p.m. for some flavorful, eclectic, and refreshing Mexican cuisine ahead of the “Time Traveller” Moody Blues Tribute concert which starts at 7pm (see below for FREE ticket information)

Taqueria Maria’s
51 Dayton Road, Jamesburg NJ 08831   (732) 521-1400

BYOB Tex-Mex restaurant with excellent reviews.
Yelp review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-marias-monroe-township

Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!

Please RSVP by 5/20 to:
Greg Harris
gergsterr@gmail.com
7326148808

The restaurant is a 5 minute drive from the Moody Blues Tribute concert that starts at 7:00 p.m.
We are offering FREE tickets to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and families.
To reserve free tickets, contact Nancie at ngunkelman@gmail.com
For further info:

Marasco Center for Performing Arts
1629 Perrineville Rd.,
Monroe Township, NJ, 08831

Outreach Presentation: Christie Musa RPCV Sierra Leone ’81-83

A presentation was made on her Peace Corps experience in Sierra Leone by Christie Musa, Inland Fisheries Extension Agent 1981-83.

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Howell Farms Potato Planting – April 25

On Saturday, April 25, a group from RPCV-NJ participated in the Annual Potato

Planting event at Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville NJ. The weather was cool and crisp and ideal for working outdoors. Assisted by 2 teams of horses who plowed the fields, our group was joined by others from the community in the planting activities.

The RPCV group included: Christie Musa, Gerry Gillio, Edie Ben-Israel, George Gunkelman, John Lawlor, Greg Harris, Carmine Grasso, Peter Arney, Pete Watson (our host), farmer Rob Flory and his intern and, soon to be PCV in Cameroon, Alex Amador.

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We worked hard and have the aching backs to show for it. After spending the morning in the field, we had lunch together treated to us by Pete Watson, our host.

Each week Howell Living History Farm hosts a different event involving the community. Next week it is sheep shearing. The harvesting of the potatoes will take place in August with the potatoes being donated to local Trenton area food banks. Our RPCV group will be back to join in the harvest.

RPCV Picnic in Waretown, NJ – May 3rd

Please join us and bring your family & friends on May 3rd for a Spring Picnic at:
905 Wells Mills Road (Route 532), Waretown, NJ
609-971-3085
Days activities will include a hike lead by local expert Phil Levy, a Peace Corps Show and Tell, and a cookout on the grill!
Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!
Please RSVP by April 26th to:
Anthony Privetera
732.547.7393