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aloha.jpgThe Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii (RPCVHI) launched the ALOHA Grant through the Peace Corps Partnership Program in 2008. The Peace Corps' Partnership Program provides funding for community-initiated projects being overseen by our volunteers serving around the world. Since its inception in 1964, the Partnership Program has assisted thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers, in every Peace Corps country, in order to benefit the health and well-being of their host communities. 

Eligibility: Who Can Apply?
Peace Corps Volunteers that have been serving more than 3 months, preference is given to state residents of Hawai`i.

Award Amount: How Much Can a PCV Receive?

Variable. Generally, small grants up to $250.

Application Deadline: When Do I Apply?
There is no deadline, applications may be submitted at any time.

Application Process: How Do I Apply?
Step 1: Review the Peace Corps Small Grants Program Volunteer Handbook and the Peace Corps Grants Online Guide for Peace Corps volunteers

Small Grants Volunteer Handbook  Grants Online Guide

Step 2: Follow the instructions in the guide to complete the application online or in paper form

Step 3: List our local group (RPCVHI) as the Referral

Step 4: Contact RPCVHI and let us know you have submitted a proposal to the Peace Corps.

For more information on Peace Corps Small Grants Program, please visit

For more information on RPCVHI Aloha Grant, please contact Amy Thompson, RPCVHI Outreach Coordinator, at

2016 Aloha Grant Recipient 

Anna M. Alden

Literacy Support (April 2016)

Peace Corps Response Volunteer, Anna M. Alden, worked in Guyana with the Step By Step Foundation School for students with autism. The Step By Step School is one of only two small schools in Guyana that provides services to students on the autism spectrum and with other pervasive development disabilities.  It is a registered charity in Guyana and is listed with Guyana’s National Commission on Disabilities.

The Aloha Grant was awarded to the Foundation in late April 2016.  The grant was allocated to provide literacy and organizational assistance to the 7 tutors currently teaching at the Step By Step School near Georgetown, Guyana.  All budgeted items were purchased in June 2016.  These items included a cassette player to enable students to listen to stories aligned with their programs of study and also for playing music for gross motor activities.  Grant monies were also spent on reams of paper, accordion files, and plastic drawers for the organization of teaching supplies.  Materials of all kinds are in very short supply at the school and this grant was gratefully received.



2015 Aloha Grant Recipient 

Sandra Ng, Mongolia
Youth Leadership Camp (June 2015)

This Youth Leadership Camp will invite 48 Mongolian adolescents to participate in a three day camp intended to empower youth in the community to become leaders and role models. We hope this camp will teach youth that their voice and contribution is vital to the improvement of their communities. During camp, youth will develop leadership and life skills, such as communication, emotion management, and empathy, through art, sports, and various experiential learning activities. Camp activities are designed to improve youths' critical thinking, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and create plans and goals for their future. By developing these various skills, youth will be more self-aware, learn how to create stronger positive connections with others, and be able to resist peer pressure to engage in risky behaviors. This camp is intended to be sustainable and serve as a real model of youth participation. Six Mongolian young adults will work alongside Peace Corps Volunteers as junior counselors. Counselors will learn different methods of positive interaction with youth and how to collaboratively develop student-centered lessons. They will also gain basic case management skills through their monitoring and evaluation of campers' progress. In addition, campers will be offered the opportunity to serve as counselors the next year. These youth will become peer mentors and practice the skills they learned to teach more youth. This way, camp can continue on without Peace Corps Volunteers in the future.

UPDATE!: Leadership Camp held on June 15-17, 2015

On June 15, 2015, 36 Mongolian youth from Uvurhangai province, Mongolia, participated in a free three-day summer camp intended to foster leadership and life skills. Three Peace Corps volunteers and one JICA volunteer were paired together with four Mongolian young adults and worked as counterparts, with support from Arvaikheer’s Child and Family Development Center (CFDC), to lead this summer camp. Each pair, called “Team Leaders”, lead life skills and leadership lessons, as well as organized the morning exercises, sports activities, art activities, and the evening activities. 

Every day the team leaders facilitated a leadership or life skills lesson. The campers were taught lessons on managing emotions, qualities of a good leader, effective communication, decision-making, making goals, making action plans, and empathy. Every lesson was 45-60 minutes long, which included an interactive group activity to reinforce the lesson objectives and discussion questions to encourage group participation. Team leaders also practiced basic case management by completing monitoring and evaluation forms each day to monitor the progress of each camper.



Go to Sandra Ng's blog for more information and photos from the Mongolia Youth Leadership Camp 2015

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