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 …

Partnering with ShelterBox on relief deployments

Rotarian Liz Odell of the Rotary Club of Nailsworth in England shares about her involvement with ShelterBox over the past seven years. Liz has participated in 16 deployments with ShelterBox as a response team volunteer. Here’s her story: Video courtesy of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Interested in getting involved with ShelterBox, Rotary’s …

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 …

Serving with ShelterBox in times of disaster

By Ellina Kushnir, Service and Engagement Supervisor When disaster strikes, Rotary’s project partner ShelterBox often works closely with Rotarians to evaluate local needs and devise a plan for immediate response. The Rotary family provides vital assistance to ShelterBox by assisting response teams with disaster assessments, housing response team volunteers, helping coordinate relief logistics, and sponsoring …

Supporting communities, from homes to homework

By ShelterBox staff ShelterBox specialises in delivering the essentials people need in rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster. This usually means providing emergency shelter, such as sturdy tents, or the tools to repair damaged homes, but sometimes devastation spreads much further than homes, disrupting vital services like schools and education. ShelterBox’s range …

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 …

Find international service partners in Ecuador

By Amparo Albuja, District 4400 XI Project Fair Committee Chair Every year, District 4400’s local clubs showcase their service projects to Rotarian visitors at the Ecuador Project Fair. These events help foster international partnerships to collaboratively address community concerns through Rotarian-led projects. Last year’s Fair helped us strengthen existing international relationships while building new partnership …