Nov. 6, 2021 features Chad!
The first Saturday of each month, Dr. Øverby will be honoring 60 Years of Peace Corps with the RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison, the UW-Madison International Division and the UW-Madison Peace Corps office by playing a selection or two of music from the RPCV International Calendar country of the month!
The radio show runs from 5-9 p.m. CT on WERN, 88.7 on your FM dial. If you're outside listening range, you can stream it online by clicking the event title above!
Monday, November 15, 2021
Aaron Williams, MBA '73, first African-American to serve as USAID’s executive secretary and the first African-American to be chosen to lead the Peace Corps, will share formative experiences from his youth and defining accomplishments throughout his career, providing inspiration for the next generation who seek to lead on the world stage. He will also read excerpts from his newly released memoir, “A Life Unimagined: The Rewards of Mission-Driven Service in the Peace Corps and Beyond.”
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Rigby Pub and Grill (138 E. Wilson St.)
The RPCVs of Madison are hosting the 7th annual Story Slam, on the theme of "That Was Unexpected!" Hear from 8-10 storytellers who will give 5-minute Slams pondering aspects of service. What's something that was learned from the Peace Corps experience that wasn’t expected? What was an unexpected reaction to something that happened? We will share stories about something from Peace Corps service that we didn't expect, or never thought we'd do!
Free and open to the public!
60 years of tradition and service
We want to share your experience with the Peace Corps! Click the link above and fill out the form to tell us how your experiences shaped your life, and please feel free to include a couple photos as well. You can check out the Badger Peace Corps stories we've already received below!
For more than six decades, Peace Corps Volunteers in more than 140 countries have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and grit to solve critical challenges alongside community leaders.
Badger Peace Corps Stories
Check Out Our Recent 60th Anniversary Events!
A Towering Task is a landmark documentary about Peace Corps’ past, present, and future. It asks: What is the role of the Peace Corps in the 21st century?
Learn about how you can watch the film if you missed the event in February, click the event title above!
Pathways To Public Service
On March 19th, 2021 we held an event called "Pathways to Public Service: Education for the Future."
A panel of UW staff and alum who have served look at opportunities in the UW International Internship program as preparation for service, and Peace Corps and AmeriCorps as post-graduate opportunities.
In Peace Corps, the Education sector always needs the most volunteers – 40%. What is a teacher’s service life like? Is it all “stand and deliver”? What are the ways to prepare?
Watch a recording of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dWQTpaKyas
The Larry Meiller Show hosts 60 Years of Peace Corps
Stay tuned for a recording of an insightful conversation between Larry Meiller of The Larry Meiller Show, UW-Madison Peace Corps campus recruiter, and UW alum Isabelle Mengesha, who served in Peace Corps Panama from 2018-2020 (when she was evacuated due to COVID).
On March 1, Former Peace Corps Directors reflected on their experiences leading the organization.
You can watch the recording of the conversation by clicking the event name above!
On April 8th, 2021, we, along with the Writing Center, hosted "Peace Corps Application/Reapplication Workshop: Writing the Résumé and Motivation Statement."
Co-led by a Writing Center instructor and Peace Corps recruiter, this workshop walked attendees through the Peace Corps application process, briefly discussing the expectations of a federal résumé, and helping attendees draw on their experiences to write effective Peace Corps motivation statements.
The RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison 40th annual Freeze for Food is a winter tradition. It went virtual this year March 6 and 7. In this Runners Choice Virtual Event, participants ran or walked to raise funds for food security for Open Doors for Refugees.
For more information on this annual event and to check out race results, click the event title above.
On April 21, 2021, we put on the event: Water, Culture and Development - Earth Day Special
Meet Ursula Pike, who served in Peace Corps Bolivia 1994-1996. Her new book "An Indian Among los indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir" reflects on the importance of water in our lives, and the balance between respect for cultural norms and the need for economic development
You can watch the recording of the event by clicking the event name above!