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  • 07 Mar 2017 4:31 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    University of Hawaii recently ranked No. 14 among medium-sized schools on Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. A UH Manoa shares how University of Hawaii helped prepare her for her service.


    University of Hawaiʻi Grad Shares Aloha Spirit with Tongans

    M A R C H 3, 2017 /  P E A C E C O R P S W E S T


    Being exposed to different cultures at UH Mānoa helped returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ronne Partoriza feel at

    home in Tonga, her country of service.

    Raised in Hawaiʻi, Ronne Partoriza felt a strong connection with the culture of Tonga,

    where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2013 to 2014.

    I had the opportunity to explain to my Tongan friends and family their culture’s similarities

    with Hawaiʻi with regard to food, language, humor, dance, hospitality, and more,” Partoriza said.

    Partoriza also leveraged her multicultural experience at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH), her alma mater, to make her Peace Corps service a success. UH recently ranked No. 14 among medium-sized schools on Peace Corps’  2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

    UH and Hawaiʻi in general are some of the best places to prepare you for Peace Corps,” Partoriza said. “Hawaiʻi’s mixed culture gave me such an advantage when I served overseas. Being bilingual or multilingual in Hawaiʻi is common, and having been exposed to cultural differences helped me assimilate in my local community more quickly.”


    Volunteer Ronne Partoriza taught English to elementary school students in Tonga.

    A 2007 graduate of UH with a B.A. in English, Partoriza served as an education Volunteer. She taught English to elementary school students and trained teachers in student-centered education.

    I made long-lasting relationships and memories with my students, community, host families,

    and other Volunteers,” recalled Partoriza. “There were many firsts with my school. I was the first

    Peace Corps teacher in my school and village. We built the first library in my school.”

    Partoriza was also the first Peace Corps Volunteer of Filipino descent in her Tongan community.

    I count all these ‘firsts,’ and sharing of my background and upbringing, as small successes. I also showed the people in my village that not all Americans have blonde hair and blue eyes,” Partoriza said.

    The prospect of more UH students serving abroad excites Partoriza.

    If you have the chance to serve, do it! It will change you immensely,” Partoriza said. “You will gain unforgettable experiences, stories, friends, and family. I gained a lot more than I ever gave.”

    www.peacecorps.gov


  • 27 Jun 2016 7:10 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    The national Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, gave a free public talk at the East-West Center (EWC) on the evening of Friday, May 20th, 2016. The director’s talk on the topic of “The Peace Corps in Hawai‘i: Past, Present, and Future” was followed by a reception. 


    Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the 19th Director of the Peace Corps, was sworn in on June 25, 2014, having served as acting and deputy director from 2010–14. She has led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the Peace Corps to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, including efforts to revitalize the volunteer recruitment, application, and selection process which resulted in record-breaking application numbers in 2015. She has also helped to forge innovative strategic partnerships, such as Let Girls Learn, an all-government collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama to expand adolescent girls’ access to education around the world, and the Global Health Service Partnership, which sends physicians and nurses to teach in developing countries.


    Coming from a four-generation Peace Corps family, Hessler-Radelet began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa (1981–83). After leaving the Peace Corps, she went on to spend the next two decades in public health work, focusing on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. As vice president and director of the Washington, DC office of John Snow Inc., she oversaw health programs in more than 85 countries. She was also actively involved in establishing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Hessler-Radelet holds a Master of Science in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in political science from Boston University.

    Co-sponsored by the East-West Center, Peace Corps, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii and Office of Civic & Community Engagement (University of Hawaii).


  • 28 Apr 2016 4:14 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)



    A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out and walked, made donations, and joined Team RPCVHI in helping Life Foundation raise funds and awareness on Sunday, April 17, 2016.  RPCVHI raised a total of $605 for Life Foundation Hawaii this year, adding that to last year's total of $9,010. With your support, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii have raised a total of $9,615 for the Honolulu AIDS Walk since 2007. 

    Life Foundation is very grateful for every penny that was raised and donations are still being accepted. 

    If you made a donation and would like a letter receipt, please email Calvi at calvi@lifefoundation.org or call (808) 521-2437. 




  • 07 Mar 2016 6:35 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    Since the birth of Peace Corps 55 years ago, over 220,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 140 countries.

    The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is partnering with A Towering Task: A Peace Corps Documentary to ignite the Peace Corps community.

    From March 1st to April 1st, the partnership will be conducting a crowdfunding campaign where all the proceeds will be split between the production of the documentary and NPCA’s RPCV-led initiatives. 

    Visit http://www.peacecorpsdocumentary.com/ for more information.


  • 20 Nov 2015 4:29 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)


    Lots of raffle prizes including:

    - Two $25 Starbucks Giftcard

    - One $50 California Pizza Kitchen Giftcard

    - Five Gentle Hatha Yoga Classes valued at $50 with Lizabeth Kashinsky, RTY 200. 349 Judd St., Nu'uanu. Thursdays from 6:00-7:15 p.m.

    - Two Zipline Through Paradise Certificates in Hilo, value of $372.92 each

    - and more!


    Raffle tickets are $2 each. RPCVHI members will receive 3 free raffle tickets. 

    Purchase 10 tickets and get a FREE RPCVHI reusable bag with Peace Corps Swag (while supplies last)

    Drawings will be held at 6:30 pm. You must be present to win. 

    All proceeds raised will go towards RPCVHI Aloha Grants and Assistance League of Hawaii, a statewide organization. Visit hawaii.assistanceleague.org to learn more about Assistance League of Hawaii.  


  • 06 Nov 2015 2:05 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government-wide initiative that centers on global advocacy and partnerships to expand efforts to help girls worldwide attend and complete school. One of the biggest components of the initiative is its partnership with USAID and Peace Corps.

    More than 62 million girls are not in school. Half of them are adolescents. These girls have diminished economic opportunities and are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, early and forced marriage, and other forms of violence. The initiative will focus on funding community girls’ education projects like girls’ leadership camps and school bathrooms; educate girls in conflict zones; and address poverty, HIV, and other issues that keep girls out of school.

    “As part of the U.S. government's commitment to Let Girls Learn, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps have formed a powerful collaboration to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. In some countries, fewer than 10% of teenage girls complete secondary school.

    This program will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work at the grassroots level will serve as catalysts of community-led change, and every American can get involved and make a difference.” www.letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov

    The initiative also calls on other organizations and governments to raise public awareness and engagement, to encourage and support community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent girls from attending and completing their education. Let Girls Learn have also come together with Girl Rising. A feature film and a global campaign that has reached millions of people, raised millions of dollars for its cause, and ignited conversations and actions in communities around the world. 

    To take action and learn more, visit:

    White House - Let Girls Learn

    Peace Corps - Let Girls Learn 

    USAID - Let GIrls Learn

    Girl Rising - Let Girls Learn



    The First Lady Speaks to Peace Corps Volunteers


    The President and First Lady Launch the Let Girls Learn Initiative


  • 26 Oct 2015 1:05 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    The East-West Center, in collaboration with the University of Hawai'i Foundation and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, is raising funds for student fellowships in honor of Ann Dunham Soetoro, PhD,  American Anthropologist, University of Hawaii Alumna, and the mother of President Barack Obama. 


    For more details and ticket information, please visit the event page here.

    For more information on Ann Dunham Soetoro, please visit The Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowed Fund


  • 13 Aug 2015 9:46 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    The Hawaii Island HIV / AIDS Foundation in the Big Island is having their 17th annual benefit. Get your tickets and support your local grassroots public-health Organization. Enjoy 20+ of the Islands Best Chefs and Beverage Providers will be serving their specialties. Enjoy the Silent Auction, Live Music, and Dancing.

    Sol Auerbach, the agency's Prevention Specialist is RPCV Malawi, and Executive Director, Bruce Merrell is also an RPCV Ghana.

    Please support Hawaii Island HIV / AIDS Foundation and our RPCVs in the Big Island and spread the word.

    Fore more information, please visit their Website: http://hihaf.orgEvent Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1604207993179682/, Ticketing website: http://bigislandtasteoflife.kintera.org


  • 25 May 2015 10:23 AM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    The Hawaii Red Cross has been able to make a difference in our local community because of the generosity of our donors and support of our volunteers. 

    The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawai'i supports the American Red Cross and their mission. Help the American Red Cross raise funds to continue their work and mission: To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

    Let’s make more good things happen. #allin1day 

    To donate to the Hawaii Chapter and Pacific Islands Region go to www.redcross.org/hawaii. The American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter assists The American Red Cross of Guam and The American Red Cross of the Northern Mariana Islands. 


    Donate Now 


  • 26 Apr 2015 7:28 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)
    All Nepal Peace Corps Volunteers, trainees, and staff are safe and accounted for. See official update from Peace Corps Headquarters.

    "Volunteers have been instructed to remain at their sites until further notice.

    Peace Corps Nepal is responding to the situation in collaboration with Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu. 

    Family and friends of volunteers may experience difficulty reaching volunteers in Nepal due to possible disruptions in telecommunications. Please be assured that Peace Corps Nepal is in regular contact with Peace Corps headquarters in Washington. As they are able, volunteers are being encouraged to reach out directly to their families.

    Each Peace Corps program has an Emergency Action Plan specific to that country and developed in cooperation with Peace Corps Washington and the local U.S. Embassy."  Last updated April 25, 2015

    Updates on Volunteers in Nepal will be posted on the Friends and Family page of the Peace Corps' website. 


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