MADISON —The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison, with the support of the UW-Madison Peace Corps Recruiting office, are hosting a Global House Party at the University Club, 803 State St., Monday, Sept. 24, 4-7 p.m.
The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) of Madison is trying to “Find the 250K” volunteers and staff who have served throughout the world during the past 51 years, including over 5,600 from Wisconsin.
On September 22, 1961, Congress approved legislation for the Peace Corps Act, with a mandate to “promote world peace and friendship” through a mission statement that continues today. The Act had been signed almost seven months earlier by President Kennedy on March 1 of that year, and the first groups of volunteers had departed the U.S. for Ghana and Tanganyika (now Tanzania) a month earlier.
Over the past 51 years, Peace Corps volunteers have returned to the U.S. Most say their service was one of their life’s most formative experiences. In our communities, they are educators, social workers, activists, government employees, entrepreneurs, authors/artists, dedicated workers in hundreds of industries.
For the sake of stronger advocacy, more global projects at the community level, and networking to advance Peace Corps’ values and experiences, the RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Peace Corps Recruiting office will host the Global House Party. The event is open to the public, including past volunteers, and community persons with strong international interests.
The UW-Madison has been one of the nation’s top recruiters for Peace Corps Volunteers: in 2011, it was ranked third among large universities, and currently is the #2 all-time contributor.
In addition to providing a gathering space for RPCVs to meet and share experiences, the Global House Party will be an opportunity for people interested in Peace Corps to learn more about the organization.
Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes, and an entry fee of $10 (free for UW students )
For more information, contact Kate Schachter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-271-2822