Graduate Student Advisor Wanted

The UM International Center is looking to hire is a Peace Corps *Prep* Graduate Student Advisor* (work-study) to start in *Fall 2019*. In case you are not familiar with Peace Corps Prep, it’s a preparatory certificate program for undergraduate students who are interested in global service, such as Peace Corps, after graduation. You can learn more U-M’s Prep program here

For more information, contact Kelly Nelson, Senior Program Manager for Global Engagement and Education Abroad International Center, (734) 20647-2299.


Fundraiser on Saturday, May 11

This Saturday is our biggest fundraiser for SEMIRPCV during the year.  On May 11th, this Saturday, we will be part of the Pleasant Ridge Community Wide Garage Sale, 43 Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge, 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.  All of the proceeds go towards funding projects, mainly projects initiated by current Michigan PCVs.

Please join us at the Woods on Friday starting at 9:00 am to price items.  Come when you can and go when you need to.  No parking on the street, but you can find parking on the street just west of the house or in the school lot to the south of the house. 

Please let Cheryl or Carol know if you can come on Friday or Saturday at 313-341-9355. 

New Logo

Thanks to Macomb Community College students, we are getting a new logo. We hosted a competition.  There were 25 entries. Here are the top three designs.  Winners received a small cash prize, a certificate, SEMIRPCV calendar, and an invitation to an ethnic dinner. All participants received certificates of appreciation.

1st Place
1st: Amanda Ray
2nd Place
2nd: Baylee Malone
3rd Place
3rd: Hannah Nikolai




Helping Feed People in Need

Join us Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. as SEMIRPCV helps people in need. Focus: HOPE, Central Warehouse, 1200 – B, Oakman Blvd, Detroit MI  48238. Parking is available inside the gated lot at Oakman Blvd and 14th Street.

We will be creating food boxes for distribution to senior citizens. This is a moderately physical activity.  Long periods of active moving and standing are required. Kids between the ages of 14-17 are permitted with an adult.

Host: Cheryl Bukoff, 313-341-9355 or Please let Cheryl know if you plan to attend.

SEMIRPCV New Projects

Social Networking Group – A storytelling group to support newly returned volunteers and to network. The first gathering is Saturday, March 2, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48202.

International Art Fair – Providing opportunities and education to RPCVs and international vendors (i.e. refugees), who sell goods for artists in their countries. More to come. Stay tuned.

Speakers Bureau – RPCVs who are willing to share their PC experiences. Scheduled presentations could be at libraries, schools, youth groups, etc. If interested, please send an e-mail to Write Speakers Bureau in the subject line.

Ethnic Dinner – Norma G’s Restaurant, 14628 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48215, Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Caribbean cuisine in a casual atmosphere.

SEMIRPCV General Meeting to host Guest Speaker

Join us Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. for the SEMIRPCV General Meeting.  We will meet at 13361 Ludlow, Huntington Woods, MI 48070. We will vote for officers. If you wish to run for office, please contact Mary Schwartz, 313-743-8978 or

Stay to hear guest speaker Yvette Jenkins, founder and owner of Love Travels Imports. The store sells artisan goods that journey from across the world, from South Africa, Guatemala, Peru and Haiti, to a curation destination of Detroit, Michigan.

Bring your scary stories of volunteer service to share after her presentation.

Potnic 2018!

  • SEMIRPCV Potnic 2018!

    WHEN: July 21, 2018, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.

    WHERE: Rotary Park Picnic Shelter, 22220 Roethel Drive, Novi, MI 48375

    WHO: SEMIRPCV; PCV; Greater Lansing; RPCV – Northern MI; PC Association of Southwest MI; and RPCV of West MI. Family and friends.

    Free entrance and parking.

    Hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks. Requesting attendees bring a dish from your country (Not required to attend but great to share with others). Chips, dips, and more also appreciated!

    Planned activities include PC trivia game, PC Jeopardy, board games, merchandise sales, and more.

    Contact: Angie at