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Updated Mar 1, 2013
Global Education--Cultural Understanding
--Educational Curriculum & School to School Connection
Peace Corps–World Wise Schools Teaching Tolerance
Global Teach Net The Character Education Partnership
One World. Our World Giraffe Heroes Project 
--Educational Source & Reference Sites
The Global Schoolhouse Facing the Future
Population Reference Bureau ZPG Population Resources
Peace and Conflict Resolution
Center for Nonviolent Communication (NVC) University of Florida Study Project
NVC: A Language of Communication The Atrium Society
US Institute of Peace Survivors of Torture, International
Goal #3: Bringing It All Back Home
Museum of the Peace Corps Experience

Peace Corps Special Funds
Bulgaria PC Partnership Programs:
..--Craft Center
..--Women's Weaving Cooperative
..--Lilac Hizha

RPCV Market
International Calendar
The World Through My Eyes
Fallen PCVs Memorial Project
• Peace Corps Times Peace Corps Writers
• Peace Gallery Submit a Story: 50th Anniv Project <=new
Peace Activities & Groups --- Opportunities to Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity, International
...Carter Work Projects 2004-2010: Mexico,

.....Michigan, India, Los Angeles, Gulf Coast,
.....Mekong Region, 6 cities in US
...Carter Work Proj 2011: Haiti

Victor Villaseñor
International Snow Goose Thanksgiving,
..Oceanside. CA Sunday beforeThanksgiving
Global Crossroad: World Vol./MiniAdven.
Volunteer San Diego Humana: Int'l People to People Mvmnt
International Volunteer Day-World Vol. Web • Tsunami Relief (archival interest)
Another Mother for Peace: quarterly Newsltrs Hurricane Katrina Relief(archival interest)
Cross-Cultural Solutions Idealist.org
• The BookMan Building Bridges Coalition
Peace Resource Center • Other Volunteer Groups Wordlwide
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Peace Corps/Washington
Peace Corps Times: Newsletter for PCVs

• Peace Corps Crossroads
• Affiliate & RPCV Directories: sources

National Peace Corps Association

Peace Corps Online-not affiliatedPC/Wash
PC Response: fromerly Crisis Corps Peace Corps Wiki-not affiliated PC/Wash
Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program  

Global Education--Cultural Understanding

• Educational Curriculum & School to School Connection

Peace Corps - World Wise Schools
Peace Corps global education resources for educators. Videos and accompanying teacher guides, or pen pals with students around the globe help students gain understanding of cultures and regions of the world.
http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws

Global Educatio News/ formerly: Global Teach Net
The National Peace Corps Association's project for Global Education including sharing a newsletter with the ASCD. A must read for classroom usable ideas about global educatio
n.This education newsletter is a quarterly teacher resource from the global education networks of NPCA and ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).
http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/education/newsletter/

One World, Our World
Teaches Leadership, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution while engaging the students (mostly in grades 4-7) in a Global Education assembly. Based in Solana Beach, the program has presented to over 150,000 students in 25 states.
http://www.1wow.org

Teaching Tolerance
Is a national education project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect and understanding in the classrooms and beyond. Their materials for teachers are excellent. If you are not already involved with them, this site is a must!
http://www.splcenter.org/center/tt/teach.jsp

The Character Education Partnership
A nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in our nation's youth as one means of creating a more compassionate and responsible society.
http://www.character.org

Giraffe Heroes Project
Finding, commending and publicizing people who stick their necks out for the common good... to get others to follow their lead.
http://www.giraffe.org

• Educational Source & Reference Sites

The Global Schoolhouse, Global School Net
A fun filled site for parents, teachers and kids... very good ideas for projects. GSH is already one of the most popular sites on the entire net. Founded in Oceanside, CA, GSH has found an intelligent way to let the internet carry the message.
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm

Population Reference Bureau
PRB is dedicated to providing timely, objective information on U.S. and international population trends.
http://www.prb.org

Facing the Future
Is an educational non-profit dedicated to informing young people about the problems of increasing world population, and the complex interrelationships between human numbers and the environmental, social and economic issues we face.
www.facingthefuture.org

ZPG Population --> Population Connection
The nation's largest grassroots organization concerned with the impacts of rapid population growth and wasteful consumption.
http://www.populationconnection.org/

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Peace and Conflict Resolution Sites

Center for Nonviolent Communication
The Center for Nonviolent Communicationsm (CNVC) is a global organization whose vision is a world where all people are getting their needs met and resolving their conflicts peacefully. In this vision, people are using Nonviolent Communicationsm (NVC) to create and participate in networks of worldwide life-serving systems in economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping.
http://www.cnvc.org/

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion (book by Marshall Rosenberg, published in Escondido, CA)
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a life-changing way of interacting that facilitates the flow of communication needed to exchange information and resolve differences peacefully. With its focus on human feelings and needs, the practice of NVC emphasizes emotional intelligence over intellectual analysis in expressing what’s going on in people. http://www.nonviolentcommunication.com/

US Institute of Peace
The mission of the United States Institute of Peace is to strengthen the nation's capabilities to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts.
http://www.usip.org

University of Florida Study Projects
Connects schools with Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation Programs.
These projects resulted in the following curricular materials:

  1. Working Together to Resolve Conflict curriculum (middle/junior high)
  2. Working Together to Resolve Conflict peer mediation training manual (middle/junior high)
  3. Tools for Getting Along (upper elementary)
  4. Take CHARGE! (middle/junior high)

http://education.ufl.edu/conflict-resolution/

The Atrium Project
Has developed over the past 15 years books, curriculums, and programs to educate children about roots of conflict and violence: bullying. The overall intent of the Atrium Society is to provide every child with the essential materials and education to end the conflicts in their lives. Over the years the Atrium Society has reached children all over the world from Russia to Africa, and to Europe, Asia, and the America.
http://www.atriumsoc.org

Survivors of Torture, International
Survivors of Torture, International is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for survivors of politically-motivated torture and their families who live in San Diego County. Since 1997, SURVIVORS has helped more than 500 torture survivors from more than 40 countries to recover from their traumas through a holistic program including medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological, legal and social services.
http://www.notorture.org/

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Goal 3: Bringing It All Back Home

Committee for the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience
While the Peace Corp is very successful at fulfilling most of Kennedy’s vision, the third goal of the mission—the promotion of a better understanding of other peoples by Americans—continues to lag behind. We need your help to realize the full potential of the Peace Corps Mission.As a Retuned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), you have the background to help us create theMuseum of the Peace Corps Experience. As the Peace Corps enters its fifth decade, there is a wealth of stories that should be shared with a wider audience.  This proposed permanent museum will...
http://www.museumofthepeacecorpsexperience.org/CMPCE_site/HOME.html

International Calendar
Assembled, published, distributed and sold by Returned PCVs of Wisconsin-Madison. This yearly International Calendar project seeks to share Peace Corps experiences with our home communities and to raise money for grassroots projects in the countries where we served or in which we live.  The images of the Calendar will introduce you to the people who welcomed us so warmly into their communities.
Purchase calendars from August from: http://www.rpcvmadison.org/

Each month's-day has listings of cultural events from throughout the world. More information about each month's-country (including recipes) can be accessed by clicking on the month's-picture moving across screen-bottom.
Some previous years' calendars are available -- check the site.

The World Through My Eyes
The World Through My Eyes helps Mozambican children learn about and experiment with photography, improving their chances of receiving scholarships at a university either in Mozambique or abroad. It is a project put in place by RPCV Blake Schmidt when he was a PCV in Mozambique in 2001-2003. Visit the site to find out more about waht is being done. And check out the photographs for sale to help raise money. Awesome Photos!!!
http://www.theworldthroughmyeyes.org/

Peace Corps Times: Revised newsletter/magazine we recevied as volunteers in the field. Available in electronic pdf downloadable format
http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.media.pctimes

Peace Gallery
The Peace Gallery presents images from around the world as seen through the cameras of Peace Corps volunteers. Although the images show the amazing diversity on our planet, they also show how similar we are to each other.
http://www.peacegallery.org/index.html

Peace Corps Special Funds
Support global initiatives such as drinking water and sanitation, information and communication technology, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education. You may also be interested in learning about current Volunteer projects or supporting a specific country through Country Funds.https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.donatenow&keyword=SPF

Bulgaria PC Partnership Programs (selling over the internet)

  • Craft Center -- A virtual crafts shop on the Internet, to provide an overseas market for unemployed and under-employed Bulgarian artisans. All credit cards accepted. Same-day shipment in most cases.. Also: Peace Corps Bulgaria T-shirts and sweatshirts to benefit the Orphanage Fund.
    http://www.craftcenter.org
  • Women's Weaving Cooperative -- A project to equip a women's weaving and sewing cooperative and provide jobs for up to 64 women in a severely depressed rural community. See the website at:
    http://reldavis.freeservers.com/women

Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers Memorial Project
Since the Peace Corps began in 1961, more than 170,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 137 countries.  Of these dedicated men and women, 257 have sacrificed not only their energies and time, but also their lives while pursuing the Peace Corps mission.  They are remembered here on this site, so that all may honor and celebrate their lives and service.
http://www.fpcv.org/

The BookMan
The Bookman is a global charitable organization based in San Diego, California that supplies books free to anyone who asks. Operated with all volunteer labor by Irwin Herman, the organization has given away more than 7 million books to people across the US and in 42 other countries.
http://www.thebookman.org/

Peace Corps Worldwide (formerly known as: PC Writers)
Peace Corps Worldwide provides a virtual community, supplies resources and shares real stories from around the world to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), their families and friends, and to all who share our belief that international understanding contributes to world at peace. To achieve these goals we have brought together a group of talented Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, former Peace Corps staff, and friends and family of PCVs and RPCVs who have volunteered to contribute their time and skills to create a social network where we will help each other in our careers and in our lives.
http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/

Submit a Story: Anniversary Story Project
A Peace Corps at 50 Project
Our goal is to collect and publish stories—in print and online—that capture the spirit of the Peace Corps. This site is our invitation to you—RPCVs, staff, and invisible others—to write up your memories and send them along. ... We will be looking for nonfiction stories that reflect the full range of experience in the Peace Corps, from the hilarious to the grim. On that continuum reside all the variations on the theme of dealing with the unfamiliar. ...
Stories submitted and used become the property of the project...
http://www.peacecorpsat50.org

To date four books have been published out of this project and are available at Amazon and other stores:

One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Vol 1: Africa (Peace Corps at 50)
by Aaron Barlow (Togo, 1988–90), Jane Albritton (India, 1967–69)
Travelers' Tales, (Mar 1, 2011), 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520009
Pbk $18.95 ($12.89)

Gather the Fruit One by One: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Vol 2: The Americas (Peace Corps at 50)
by Bernie Alter (India, 67–69), Pat Alter (Paraguay, 70–72), eds.
Travelers Tales, (May 2011) 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520017
Pbk $18.95 ($13.87)
A Small Key Opens Big Doors: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Vol 3: Heart of Eurasia (Peace Corps at 50)
by Jay Chen, ed. (Kazakhstan, 2005–08)
Travelers' Tales, (October 2011) 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520033
Pbk $18.95 ($12.37)
Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Vol 4: Asia & Pacific (Peace Corps at 50)
by Jane Albritton (India 1967–69)
Travelers' Tales (October 25, 2011) 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520025
Pbk $18.95 ($12.37)

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Peace Activities & Groups
Opportunities to Volunteer

Volunteer San Diego
Volunteer San Diego volunteers serve our community by feeding the homeless, serving seniors, tutoring youth and cleaning beaches. VSD (a 501 c3) also assists companies, schools and over 650 non-profits in developing volunteer programs and cultivating community leaders.

• View their project calendar for SD volunteer opportunities.
• Download their Volunteer Newsletter to find out more about the MANY ongoing activities and participating groups.
http://www.volunteersandiego.org/

Habitat for Humanity, International
• World Habitat Day:
The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as annual World Habitat Day. In 2009, World Habitat Day was celebrated on October 5. On this day, we reaffirm that adequate shelter is a basic human right, and we focus on the housing conditions of cities and towns around the world.
http://www.habitat.org/gov/take_action/world_habitat_day.aspx

• Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Projects
Through yearly volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans.
http://www.habitat.org/

2013 Not announced yet (3/1/13)
2011 & 12: 2-year work project in Haiti http://www.habitat.org/cwp/2011/
2010: 6 cities in the US http://www.habitat.org/cwp/2010/
2009:
Mekong region: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and China’s Sichuan Province during November 2009. as the site of the 26th annual Work Project. http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2009/
2008: Los Angeles, CA
http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2008/
2007: Los Angeles, CA
http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2007/
2006: Lonavala, India http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2006/
2005: Detroit, MI. http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2005/
2004: Pueblo, Mexico
http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2004/

Full list back to 1984 http://www.habitat.org/how/default_jcwp.aspx

Victor Villaseñor:
Victor Villaseñor has spoken throughout the U.S. and Mexico. His message is: we are one race, the "human race", una familia, we are the power all over the globe, and recorded history, as we know it, separates us and causes all of our confusions. He speaks from his heart, and he reaches out to embrace everyone who sees him.
http://www.victorvillasenor.com/

International Snow Goose Thanksgiving: San Diego, CA: 1 pm Sunday before Thanksgiving
To celebrate life - La Vida - to honor Mother Earth, and to practice world peace! ...if we really want peace and harmony on Earth, then we need a day to rally around, a day of fun and joy. So let's take our U.S. celebration of Thanksgiving and go global with it, inviting all of God's children to join us on one day a year to give thanks for all the good things we already have on Earth and then feast and make merry with peace and harmony in our hearts and souls. 
http://victorvillasenor.com/2011/09/20th-annual-snow-goose-global-thanksgiving-hosted-by-the-villasenor-family/

Peace Resource Center
The PRC is a community clearinghouse of information on peace and social justice issues and activities. By promoting networking among peace-related organizations, offering nonviolent alternatives... Founded in 1980 by six local organizations committed to peace, the Peace Resource Center now has over 40 member organizations ... is guided by the principles of nonviolence, tolerance, compassion and respect for diversity.
http://prcsandiego.home.igc.org/

International Volunteer Day -- World Volunteer Web
WorldVolunteerWeb.org is the global focal point for International Volunteer Day (IVD), celebrated around the world every 5 December. Through the extensive information systems, the WorldVolunteerWeb.org promotes volunteerism while catalyzing partnerships between volunteer stakeholders from all continents. Begun by a United Nations General Assembly resolution inviting “United Nations Volunteers to develop a global Internet volunteer resource based on the International Year of Volunteers...”
http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/

Another Mother for Peace
Another Mother for Peace is a non-profit, non-partisan association whose goal is to eliminate the use of war as a means of solving disputes between nations, people and ideologies. To accomplish this, we seek to educate citizens to take an active role in opposing war and building peace. Our vision and motivation can be summed up in a single sentence:"War is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things" Join us in urging our elected representatives to pursue peace and turn away from the use of violence to solve humankind's problems.

Check out their home page for History, Mission Statement, Peace materials (the big yellow poster is back!), Peace homework and quarterly newsletter
http://www.anothermother.org/index.html

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a not-for-profit international volunteer organization that operates volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Thailand. Participants work side-by-side with local people, on locally designed and driven projects. Our volunteer programs are designed to facilitate hands-on service and cultural exchange in the aim of fostering cultural understanding.
http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/

Global Crossroad: World Volunteer, Internship & Mini-Adventure
• World Volunteer, Internship: Global Crossroad offers many exciting volunteering opportunities to international volunteers in marvelous countries, such as India, Nepal, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, Ghana, Combodia & Costa Rica.
• World Mini-Adventure: The Global Crossroad's 2 week long mini-adventure program will allow for you to blend your volunteer project with a thrilling Global voyage in Nepal, India, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, Combodia, Ghana & Costa Rica.
http://www.globalcrossroad.com/

Humana: The International People to People Movement
Development Aid from People to People was formed in 1977 in Denmark as a response to the pressing need to improve conditions in the poor parts of the world. The idea was simple - a simplicity that has characterised the work of the organisation ever since: there are people in need, and we have so much and can get hold of even more. So let us take some of our surplus and transfer it to the needy. Several hundres of programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Central America.
http://www.humana.org/

Idealist.org
Consortium of leading international volunteer organizations, universities and colleges, corporations, and government agencies working collaboratively. Idealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.
Offer information/connection for international: Jobs, Organizations, Volunteer Opportunities, Internships, Events, Programs, Resources, People.
http://www.idealist.org/info/About/Content/InfoCenters

Building Bridges Coalition
The Building Bridges Coalition (BBC) is a consortium of leading organizations working collaboratively to promote the field of international volunteering. We are a galvanizing force, a convening space, and the voice of our field. The BBC is a project of the Brookings Institution’s Initiative on International Volunteering and Service and is comprised of international volunteer organizations, corporations, universities and colleges, government agencies, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

http://www.buildingbridgescoalition.org/

Other Volunteer Groups Worldwide
Australian Volunteers International: Australia's largest and most experienced international volunteer sending agency. Every year, we recruit, prepare and support hundredsds of Australians who volunteer to live alongside people of other cultures and work towards the sustainable developmetn of communities....
http://www.australianvolunteers.com/home.aspx

International Volunteering: On the Australian Volunteers International site a listing of 24 inernational volunteering oranizations.
http://www.australianvolunteers.com/programs/australian-volunteers-for-international-development-%28avid%29.aspx

Of Archival Interest
Tsunami Relief
Google and others have good listings of information sources and groups working in relief world wide. Use the links in their list to investigate individual groups and find more.
Member Submitted
• Relief Web: An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, ReliefWeb was launched in October 1996 and is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
http://www.reliefweb.int/
• Google Tsunami Relief Page: List of live URLs to 30+ groups working in relief as well as news about Tsunami Relief
http://www.google.com/tsunami_relief.html
Hurricane Katrina Relief
Many good listings of information sources and groups working in relief world wide. Use the links to investigate individual groups and find more. Send us any new links you frind appropriate.
Listings assembled September 3, 2005 (
links may be outdated)

 

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Sites

Peace Corps/Washington
Peace Corps' homepage with directories and links to its various parts and related services. PC headqauarters, Jobs, Contracts, policies, links and more...
http://www.peacecorps.gov
NEW: Peace Corps Times: newsletter/magazine we recevied as volunteers in the field. Available in electronic pdf downloadable format
http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.media.pctimes

National Peace Corps Association
• Peace Corps Connect: This is the national network of Peace Corps alumni and friends which carries out the third goal of the Peace Corps - Bringing the World Back Home. To experience the information of our world and ideas on immigration, environment, and education as we discuss them among ourselves. Website is titled: Peace Corps Connect.
http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/

• Connected Peace Corps: Compaion website to PC Connect. It is described as: the place online for people who value the Peace Corps to reconnect and work together toward a more peaceful and prosperous world. Individuals may sign on and joinor build groups -- which reflect the affiliate groups of NPCA.
http://community.peacecorpsconnect.org/

Peace Corps Response: Originally named Crisis Corps – is a Peace Corps program that mobilizes perons for challenging short term assignments (generally three to six months in length) in various program areas around the world.  It was historically only available to eligible returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Now it has been expanded to include Americans with at least 10 years of work experience and medical professionals.
http://www.peacecorps.gov/response/

Affiliate Groups: Alumni & "Friends of" Groups
Listings of various groups of PCVs, RPCVs, etc.

• Listed on the NPCA website: more than 150 groups listed by country of service, geographical region and nationwide interest .
http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/member-groups/

Listed on PeaceCorpsOnline: RPCV's sign themselves onto the listings by country of service available here.
http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/467.html

Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program: Support during graduate studies
Everyone who successfully completes Peace Corps service has a lifetime eligibility for the Peace Corps Fellows programs around the country. These are great programs that support RPCVs as they earn graduate degrees while engaging in service to our communities here at home. Our program, The Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program, was founded by Sargent Shriver's family to continue his remarkable legacy of service leadership...
http://www.shrivercenter.org/peaceworker

Peace Corps Crossroads
Links to all known Peace Corps related sites, quotes of the month, software tips and whole lots more. Updated monthly!–
http://PeaceCorpsOnline.org/crossroads/links1.html

Peace Corps Online [not affiliated with PC/Washington]
"The independent news forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers." Current articles, news, stories, discussions, directories related to RPCVs and their concerns. Peace Corps Online is NOT AFFILIATED with Peace Corps/Washington.

Stories, PCOL Magazine, PC Library, RPCV Directory, post your views and responses to a wide variety of issues relevenat to PC...
http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html

Peace Corps Wiki [not affiliated with PC/Washington]
Peace Corps Wiki is a collaborative project whose goal is to create a free, interactive and up-to-date source of information about serving as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. Anyone is welcome to edit, add, or change any entry, or start a new one.
http://www.PeaceCorpsWiki.org

 

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