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  • 23 Apr 2015 8:13 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)
    Donations still needed for the Maysak relief efforts in Yap and Chuuk. Here's where you can send donations - The Fourth Branch Micronesia

    Typhoon Maysak, category 4 (eventually 5), hit Chuuk and Yap states in the Federated States of Micronesia early in April. Prior to becoming a super typhoon, Maysak caused significant damage and killed at least five people in the Chuuk state of Micronesia, according to The Associated Press. In addition, 28,000 in Chuuk State alone are affected, with 1100 more in Yap State. RPCVHI President, Rosemary Casey, worked there from 1989-92. RPCVHI Board Member, Jean Thoulag, served from 1977-1979 in Ulithi Atoll in the outer islands of Yap where she married, remained for 35 years to teach and raise her family. This picture shows the damage to the homes of Jean's relatives. 



  • 16 Mar 2015 8:18 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    Aid is beginning to arrive in Vanuatu but the country is still in immediate need of help after Cyclone Pam tore through the country this weekend. The storm had wiped out all development of recent years, the country would have to rebuild.

    Currently, 8 people have been confirmed dead but the death toll is expected to rise sharply as rescuers reach outlying islands. 

    If you would like to make a donation, please consider donating to the Vanuatu Country Fund



  • 03 Mar 2015 2:03 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2015 – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today will announce a powerful collaboration with the Peace Corps to expand access to education for girls around the world. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join the President and First Lady for the announcement of the Let Girls Learn initiative at the White House.

    Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities, but globally, 62 million girls are not in school. Let Girls Learn will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place that confront the barriers to girls’ education. (Read more here)

  • 28 Feb 2015 12:45 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)

    In celebration of Corps Week 2015, please join us on March 5th, at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Richardson Law School for "Legacy of Peace Corps in Hawai'i," co-sponsored by Peace Corps Recruiting Office UH-Manoa and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawai'i. We will be screening the film "Sending Aloha Abroad."  There will be a Q & A Panel at the end of this 28-minute film and pupus will be provided by Soul de Cuba Restaurant & Bar. 

    "This documentary film traces Hawaii’s role in this iconic, but often neglected American institution. It is the untold story of thousands of American volunteers who lived and trained in Hawaii prior to Peace Corps service, and often settling there after their experience. The very landscape of Hawaii is littered with former Peace Corps members—from politicians to academics to businessmen. The film tells the story of a 10-year period from 1962-1972 when more than 7500 trainees came to Hawaii for months of pre-departure training. They trained in several remote locations throughout Hawaii that resembled actual village sites throughout Asia and the Pacific region. The sites included Waipio Valley on the Big Island and the rustic island of Molokai. The film is fitting tribute to the contributions of Hawaii residents as the Peace Corps celebrates its 54th Anniversary." (www.sendingalohaabroad.org)

     
    When: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5-7 PM
     Where: CR-2, Richardson Law School, UH Manoa
     What: Film and Panel Q & A 
           5:00 PM Introduction: Sean Aronson, Film Maker*
           5:30 PM Film: “Sending Aloha Abroad” (28 Minutes) 
           6:00 PM Q & A: Panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
           6:30 PM Closing Comments: Donation of interview, archiving of film, Law School Peace Corps Fellowship Grant
    Pupus provided by Soul de Cuba

    * Copies of Film: Available by Special Order
    PARKING: Available at UH-Manoa Law School area adjacent to Law School.
    TRANSPORT: Buses #4, 6, 13, 18 to UH-Manoa



    March 7, 2015 UPDATE:

    A big THANK YOU to all who came out to support "Legacy of Peace Corps in Hawaii" on March 5th at the University of Hawaii Manoa. We hope to see you at our next event! 

       

     


  • 22 Feb 2015 9:30 AM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)


    Tom Klobe, an emeritus professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Art and Art History has recently published a memoir entitled A Young American in Iran, his story as a young American Peace Corps volunteer from Hawaiʻi who sets out to a remote Iranian village in the 1960s. Published by Peace Corps Writers and released in December of 2014, A Young American in Iran tackles questions of America’s faults and ambitions, culture shock, and coming to terms with a new identity.

    Klobe recalls his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer with gratitude.“Most Peace Corps volunteers will say the experience changed their lives and that they are grateful for the opportunity to experience another place in the world with the intensity that likely only being a Peace Corps Volunteer allows,” said Klobe. “Besides providing assistance to another country and imparting an understanding of America, the goal of the Peace Corps is for us to help Americans come to know another part of the world after we return home.” (Read more) 

  • 12 Feb 2015 8:02 PM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)
    Bring the world to your classroom!  Access free multimedia resources and lesson plans from the Global Oneness Project, an award-winning online platform featured in The New York Times, the Smithsonian and National Geographic, containing stories in the form of articles, films, and photo essays. Each month, they release a new story with an accompanying 60-minute lesson plan aligned to National and Common Core standards. Their stories include global themes with a humanistic lens, and their lesson plans facilitate critical thinking, reflective writing and in-class activities designed for use in in the arts, environmental sciences, English, history courses and more. Inspire your students to rethink their relationship to the world!


    Get started - search for media that fits your classroom needs at 


  • 10 Feb 2015 11:00 AM | Ronne Partoriza (Administrator)



    Congratulations to Jesus Puerto, owner of Soul de Cuba Restaurant & Bar, and great supporter of RPCVHI on making the cover of eXpression! Magazine this month!

    Jesus Puerto is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former United Nations volunteer who spent years in Western Samoa, where he even served as director of Habitat for Humanity Samoa. He worked as a project development officer for Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps in Connecticut — a job that took him to Thailand, Japan and South Africa — before diving into the restaurant business.

    Read the February issue here: www.expression808.com


    United Nations volunteer who spent years in Western Samoa, where he even served as director of Habitat for Humanity Samoa. He worked as a project development officer for Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps in Connecticut — a job that took him to Thailand, Japan and South Africa — before diving into the restaurant business.
    United Nations volunteer who spent years in Western Samoa, where he even served as director of Habitat for Humanity Samoa. He worked as a project development officer for Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps in Connecticut — a job that took him to Thailand, Japan and South Africa — before diving into the restaurant business.
    and United Nations volunteer who spent years in Western Samoa, where he even served as director of Habitat for Humanity Samoa. He worked as a project development officer for Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps in Connecticut — a job that took him to Thailand, Japan and South Africa — before diving into the restaurant business.
    and United Nations volunteer who spent years in Western Samoa, where he even served as director of Habitat for Humanity Samoa. He worked as a project development officer for Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps in Connecticut — a job that took him to Thailand, Japan and South Africa — before diving into the restaurant business.
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