February Social Event

Cadieux Café Detroit, 4300 Cadieux, Detroit, MI 48224

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Start: 5:00 P.M.
Karaoke: 7:00
Feather Bowling: 8:00 P.M.
(One lane reserved, one hour.)
End: They stack the chairs at 2:00 A.M.


(Secure parking.)


Third Goal Opportunity

Michael Gall is looking for volunteers to attend two recruitment events in March at Oakland University. If you are interested and available to attend either, please email him at mgall@peacecorps.gov .

Tuesday, March 20th, 11am-1pm: Government and Non-profit Career Mixer. Table and represent Peace Corps at this career fair style mixer.

Tuesday, March 27th, 12-1pm: Community Service Panel at Oakland University. Represent Peace Corps along side of local and national service opportunities.

PC calendar seeks photo submissions

  • INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR  Photo Submission Guidelines

     What kind of pictures are we looking for? We want photos that show Peace Corps countries in a positive, truthful light: we are proud of the people and countries where we have served, and we share that pride through this calendar. We like images of city life as well as village and rural scenes. We like people in action: working, relaxing, enjoying everyday life, and/or celebrating special occasions. Humor is appreciated. Landscapes or photos with architectural or other detail—handiwork, food, etc.—add interest. When selecting images to submit, keep in mind the need for “month-long” appeal. And since many teachers use this calendar as a teaching tool, it’s good to keep students and their interests in mind as well.

    Note that we can NOT accept any photo that has a Peace Corps Volunteer in the photo.

     Finally, anyone may submit photos; Peace Corps service is not a requirement!

    Submission Criteria

      1.   To be eligible for consideration, submitted photographs must be high-quality digital images (5.0 MP or higher) with realistic color. Other formats (prints, mounted, black & white) are not eligible.

      2.   Photographs must be from a country where Peace Corps Volunteers have served (past or present).

      3.   Photos showing a Peace Corps Volunteer are not eligible.

      4.   A photographer may submit a maximum of five (5) pictures per year.

      5.   A photo submitted three (3) times, but not selected, is no longer eligible.

      6.   Basic requirements for technical quality include clear focus, realistic color, and good overall contrast.

      7.   The photographer’s name and the country where the photo was taken must appear in the digital file name, and the image must be saved as a JPEG. Use the following naming convention:     [country+entry#.photographername.jpg]    Examples: morocco4.mcousins.jpg;   fiji2.vross.jpg

      8.   A scan of the signed Photo Release Form and a Photo Submission Form—with photographer and photo information filled in—must accompany all photos (forms attached).

      9.  Digital files and the scanned Photo Submission and Photo Release forms must be submitted online by Feb. 15th to:   submissions@rpcvcalendar.org

    10.  To qualify as a large, featured photograph, digital images must be taken at high resolution on a 5-megapixel or higher camera. Lower resolution digital images may be submitted, but may be considered for inset images only.

    11.   Submitted photographs will become part of the Madison RPCVs calendar image library for possible use in calendar and related projects. Photographers will be credited with every use.

    12.   Submissions must be received by February 15th. Later submissions will be held for the next year.

    13.  You must be the holder of the copyright of any photo(s) you submit.

    14.   Photos will be reviewed in late spring and final decisions made in late summer, a year or more in advance of publication. We will contact you as soon as a decision to use your photo is made. No notification will be sent to those whose pictures are not selected.

    We are grateful to photographers who take the time to submit pictures. Each person who submits a photo (or photos) for consideration will receive a complimentary calendar in September. Those whose photos are selected for featured images will receive 25 calendars, and those whose photos are used for smaller insets will receive 5 calendars. If an image is used as a notecard, the photographer will receive 10 that notecard set.

    Questions? Email our Photo Coordinator at submissions@rpcvcalendar.org.

Giving of Time: Volunteer

On January 20th, we will be meeting at the World Medical Relief 21725 Melrose Ave., Southfield, MI  48075 at 9:00 am to volunteer our time until 11:30 am.  We have done this a number of times before, most of the time sorting and organizing medical equipment and supplies that are put in big crates and sent out to medical hospitals and clinics around the world.  It is not necessary to have any medical experience but if you do it is a great way to use it!

I did ask about children helping.  They need to be in middle school, about 12 years of age to volunteer.  It might be a good idea to wear something layered, although I don’t think it is very cold in their very nice warehouse space.  It is a great organization and one that is very unique.  The items they send are so needed and are requested by the communities that are getting them.  World Medical Relief is located in Southfield just north of 8 Mile and east of Lasher.  Melrose is about a block that is off Lasher, to the right.

If you have any questions of World Medical Relief, you can call them at 313-866-5333.  I would appreciate an RSVP at Cheryl Bukoff, 313-341-9355 or cbukoff@sbcglobal.net just so I know to look for you or if you have questions.  Look forward to seeing you there January 20th (Saturday).

Fellowship Opportunity

The Stevenson Center for Community & Economic Development offers a 100% graduate tuition waiver plus stipend to all admitted Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows. Fellows complete one year of intensive coursework followed by an 11-month paid, professional internship with an organization across the U.S.

Start your application today to earn an interdisciplinary master’s degree in anthropology, applied economics, kinesiology and recreation, political science, or sociology. Applications close February 1 or March 1 depending on program. Email Program Coordinator Katie Raynor at stevensoncenter@ilstu.edu for more information.

Katie Raynor

Program Coordinator

Stevenson Center for Community &Economic Development

Campus Box 4200

Normal, IL 61790-4200

(309) 438-5945


Peace Corps Holiday Potluck

You are Invited to the Peace Corps Holiday Potluck sponsored by the Peace Corps Office at the University of Michigan. The event is Friday, Dec. 8, 2018 in the Ford School of Public Policy, 735 S. State Street, Room 1210 in Ann Arbor.

Please fill out the following Google Form for attendance and food.

For more information e-mail: peace.corps@umich.edu


Republic of Georgia

Serving in the Republic of Georgia these past couple of years has been eye-opening. There were many new experiences and aspects of Georgian culture that were new to me. One is particular stood out–the unique enamel silver jewelry that is present all throughout the tourist hotspots. Quality and price varies depending on whether you get it from a street vendor in Mtskheta, a store in Old Tbilisi, or a museum in Batumi. However, taking all of this in mind, the best cost-quality… ratio that I found was actually at a small social enterprise in an IDP settlement 30 minutes away from Tbilisi. Ikorta was founded in 2012 with the help of two Georgian nonprofit organizations to stimulate economic growth at the camp–little did they know that such high quality products would be made by their residents. For Better Future is a nonprofit organization that has had two Peace Corps Volunteers in the past. My colleague was placed there while I was in service and she helped give Ikorta more of an internet presence. Many of the current clients of this small enterprise are either foreign embassy staff or foreign tourists that hear about the workshop they offer to make their own designs. Below is the link to get yourselves acquainted with this wonderful project.




End of Mentoring Program

By Jeanne Paul

Hello to All Who Have Participated in the Applicant-Mentoring Program,

On October 10, 2017, six years after the Applicant-Mentoring Program for Prospective Peace Corps Volunteers began, it welcomed its final mentee, an engineering student at the University of Michigan.

 The Applicant-Mentoring Program is now closed to new mentees and mentors. However, those mentees already in the Program are welcome to call on their mentors and on me at any time. We will continue to provide realistic details of Peace Corps service to you as well as assistance with résumés and motivation statements. In addition, we will be happy to rehearse you for your interviews.

 The Program assisted 240 mentees, the first of whom went on to serve in Romania. To date, 79 mentees have served or are serving as PCVs, with another scheduled to depart for Colombia in January 2018; about 15 are still thinking about applying. The rest decided to follow other paths. Mentees came to the Program from Michigan as well as from nine other states and two other countries, where they were living when they joined.

 The 91 RPCV mentors did a wonderful job. Although I was not able to match a few with mentees, all of the RPCVs who volunteered to participate were generous with their offers of time and expertise. They provided information on both the more difficult aspects of service and how they dealt with them as well as on the joys of becoming part of their host communities and part of the Peace Corps community. As a result, mentees who applied to Peace Corps were overwhelmingly accepted. Those who decided that Peace Corps was not for them—or not at this time–had a sound basis on which to make that decision. The result was an attrition rate among those who departed for service, including those medically separated, that was far, far lower than that of Peace Corps overall.

 By and large the mentees were (and are) extraordinary people. They are intelligent, compassionate, and eager to assist others, with great senses of humor, a love for stories (a requirement of anyone who talks with an RPCV), and an eagerness to fly into the unknown. Some of those who have served or are serving have written blogs and email newsletters that I, for one, can’t wait to open when they appear in my inbox.

 Happily, some early mentees became mentors after they completed service. Needless to say, they passed along the same kinds of lessons they had learned from their own mentors just two or three years earlier; serving as mentors also helped them readjust. I know that they, other mentors, and other former mentees who served will continue to provide useful, realistic information to those who ask them about Peace Corps service.

 I want to thank those who may not have been official parts of the Program, but who referred new mentees, publicized the Program, and provided other needed support. They include current and former PCVs, liaison staff at a number of University of Michigan schools, staff members at Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association, the wonderful folks at El Harissa Market Cafe, and, most of all, the Peace Corps recruiters at the University of Michigan, most of whom so welcomed the Program as an adjunct to their work that they made me feel like a colleague.

 Finally, a personal word: The six years of the Program were among the most fulfilling of my life. I had the opportunity to spend time individually with hundreds of impressive people who instilled in me hope for this world. I am grateful to have known you all and wish you the very best in the future.

 Jeanne Paul, RPCV/Brazil ’64-’66, PC HQ ’66-‘69


Coordinator, Applicant-Mentoring Program for Prospective Peace Corps Volunteers