A polio survivor’s commitment to service

By Rotary Service and Engagement  While the world saw the lowest case count of wild polio in history in 2017 (just 22 cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan), transmission has continued into 2018 and challenges in reaching children with the vaccine remain in some countries. World Polio Day, is an opportunity to rally partners, donors, health … More A polio survivor’s commitment to service

Rotary’s Partners in Peace

As we approach International Day of Peace on 21 September, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. International Peace Day is an opportunity to recognize and advance strengthening the ideals of peace, inclusivity, and justice. The vast Rotary network offers many resources for peacebuilding, intercultural understanding, the advancement of … More Rotary’s Partners in Peace

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. … More Preventing cervical cancer in Senegal through Peace Corps and Rotary

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 … More 4 ways to build peace through Rotary

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 … More Strengthening the connection between Peace Corps Volunteers and Rotary members

Souns: An engaging approach to literacy

By Brenda Erickson, Rotary Club of Peachtree City, Georgia, USA, and Montessori school teacher Beyond building little readers, the Souns program helps Rotarians by exposing them to the surprising readiness of young minds. Children want to read more than we want them to acquire these basic skills. As projects go, the Souns program is: Simple … More Souns: An engaging approach to literacy

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 … More Why Peace Corps and Rotary are the perfect fit

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

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. … More Pursuing my passions through Rotary and Peace Corps

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