Preventing cervical cancer in Senegal through Peace Corps and Rotary

By Rotary Service  Until the 1950s, cervical cancer killed more women in the U.S. than any other type of cancer. Widespread screening, early detection, timely access to treatment, and interventions have drastically decreased the number of cervical cancer-related deaths in the United States, but the disease remains prevalent in the West African country of Senegal. …

4 ways to build peace through Rotary

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff According to UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution. Rotary members refuse to accept conflict as a way of life and are committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and …

Strengthening the connection between Peace Corps Volunteers and Rotary members

By Mark D. Walker, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Guatemala (1971-1973) I felt right at home when my wife Ligia and I arrived at the impressive University of Denver campus to participate in the Partnering for Peace workshop, hosted by District 5450 as a precursor to Peace Corps’ annual alumni conference. The forces that shaped my life …

Why Peace Corps and Rotary are the perfect fit

By Erica Brouillette, President of the Falls Church Rotary Club, Virginia, United States and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia from 2007- 2009, teaching environmental conservation and awareness to youth aged 10-16 in the small village of Aygut. I taught in an after school program with the amazing …

How the Peace Corps and Rotary led me to a life of international service

By Mark D. Walker, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer As a naïve young man from Colorado just having graduated from a small university, I joined the Peace Corps with the dual purpose to travel, serve and, if possible, save the world. After four months of language and agricultural training, I landed in one of the most …

Pursuing my passions through Rotary and Peace Corps

By Cecilia Kern, former Rotary Global Grant Scholar and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Community service has always been a big part of my life. When I was 11-years-old, I joined the youth leadership organization, Job’s Daughters. This group of adult and peer mentors instilled in me the principles of leadership, compassion, empathy and selfless service. …

Prioritizing women’s and girl’s health through Rotary and Peace Corps

By Katie Northcott, Rotary Global Grants Scholar and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer "Je ne sais pas quoi faire". I don't know what to do. Six words that can define any experience with an unintended pregnancy, especially for a teenager. In this case, I was standing in front of a 16-year-old Burkinabe girl who had participated …

Peace Corps Volunteers changed my world view  

By District Governor-elect Abbas Rajabi, District 5450 USA Peace Corps sends U.S. volunteers, usually recent university graduates, to live and work abroad for two years. Their goal is to help host countries meet local needs and promote mutual cultural understanding. While abroad, volunteers learn the local language and work with professionals in education, health, community …

Peace Corps partnership seeks to enhance project capacity

      By Ellina Kushnir, RI Staff and Scott Kumis, Peace Corps Partnership Manager Last year, Rotary International and Peace Corps, formalized a service partnership to help enhance our club and district service activities locally and around the world. Peace Corps sends U.S. citizens abroad to help tackle the most pressing needs around the …