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A Towering Task Documentary #IgnitePeaceCorps

March 15th, 2016 by admin

I’m personally writing to you about a new and exciting documentary about the Peace Corps, called A Towering Task, which is currently in production. Unlike previous documentaries, A Towering Task will focus on the bigger picture of the agency and tie the threads of the Peace Corps’ history, it’s impact on countries served, and why we need to bring peace to the world through the Peace Corps now more than ever.

You may have seen an email from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), who has partnered with us to help us fundraise. We are planning a joint-crowdfunding campaign to ignite the entire RPCV/PC community of 220,000.

As a community, we now have the unique opportunity to fund a world-class documentary that will help reignite Peace Corps’s purpose and sense of community, as well as pave the way toward a more peaceful world.
For more information on the documentary and a video trailer, click on this link:
To support the documentary with a donation visit
Heather Schultz
RPCV Benin 2010-2012
RPCV Group Member Outreach for A Towering Task

2015 Calendars Now Available

November 20th, 2014 by admin

Cameroon Calendar 2015Support the Peace Corps’ mission in Cameroon by buying this beautiful wall calendar. Featuring stunning photographs from Peace Corps volunteers and full of interesting facts about Cameroonian life and culture, this calendar is sure to please the eye and stimulate the brain. Calendars will be shipped in early December 2014.

These make a great gift or get one for yourself. Only $15.00. Check them out here

Vote for Anna in the Peace Corps Blog It Home Competition

August 5th, 2014 by admin

Hi! My name is Anna and I’m a current Peace Corps Cameroon Volunteer. I recently received the exciting news that my blog,, was selected as a finalist for the Peace Corps Blog It Home competition; the idea behind the contest is to
highlight blogs that exemplify the Third Goal. With annadoespangea, I try to be honest, respectful, positive, and entertaining in this

But I need your help!

Starting yesterday, August 4, Peace Corps posted a photo, blog description, and link to my blog in an album on The direct link to my page can be found here — voters just have to follow that link and “like” the picture:

The public can vote from now until August 10. The Office of Third Goal will use the public votes to help decide which Volunteers will win a trip to Washington, D.C. from Sept. 14-20.

Voting wraps up this Sunday, and I appreciate as many Cameroon enthusiasts as possible!

Thank you!

Anna Nathanson
Peace Corps Cameroon

Missions accomplished: Oregon lands high Peace Corps rating

December 12th, 2013 by bobebill

A Peace Corps Volunteer helps Cameroonian children paint a mural about water sanitation on a well constructed by another volunteer at a school in Madouma, East Province, Cameroon
A Peace Corps Volunteer helps Cameroonian children paint a mural about water sanitation on a well constructed by another volunteer at a school in Madouma, East Province, Cameroon.

While Oregon residents are joining the Peace Corps with great fervor, they’re doing so at a slower clip than they did last year.

So says the Peace Corps itself, which, in a report that ranked which states contribute the most volunteers, placed Oregon in the fourth spot nationally.

Oregon sends 5.2 volunteers per 100,000 residents into the Peace Corps. The figure is down from the 6.1 volunteers per capita rate that Oregon logged in 2012. The state ranked third in the Peace Corps analysis last year.

Oregon ranks only behind Vermont, the District of Columbia and New Hampshire in terms of per capita volunteers.

“Oregon has a wealth of globally oriented universities and sustainably minded communities from which we find volunteers willing to make a difference in communities overseas,” said Janet Allen, manager of the Peace Corps West Coast Region, in a release.

California, New York and Texas send the most volunteers overall into the Peace Corps.

In 2013, 203 Oregonians joined the Peace Corps. That figure ranks 14th overall, tying Oregon with Massachusetts.

Andy Giegerich is editor for Sustainable Business Oregon.

Peace Corps Worldwide

July 13th, 2013 by admin

Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 1962-64) and John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) in the late 1970s published a newsletter RPCV Writers & Readers that developed by early 2000s into the website

Today, this is an online community and resource for RPCVs, Peace Corps Volunteers, their friends and families, and all who share a desire for international understanding. Peace Corps Worldwide is not officially connected with the Peace Corps or the National Peace Corps Association.

As the publisher and editor of this site, we are continually impressed by the Third Goal activities of RPCVs back in their host countries, the projects that RPCVs have developed in-country over the last fifty-plus years, from school and community libraries to health initiatives, to peace keeping efforts, to scholarships for students, and many other such efforts on behalf of their former hosts and the lifelong friends that they have made.

We would like to add our support to all these efforts by featuring the Third Goal work of RPCVs. If you would request that your RPCVs send us photos and narratives of their projects, we would be happy to publish them on our site. It is, we think, one way RPCVs can draw attention, and perhaps financial support, for their efforts. Thank you for considering this request and we hope you might publish our offer on your website or in your newsletter.

All narratives and requests for further information should be sent to: John Coyne at: jpcoyne at

Thank you.
Marian Haley Beil, Publisher
John Coyne, Editor

FOC Friend Wins Best Male Artist Award for 2012

April 15th, 2013 by admin

The Palais de Congres was the place to be on March 30th, 2013, to witness the 9th edition of Cameroon’s Annual Music Awards, honoring the best of Cameroon’s vibrant music industry. The audience included prominent figures in Cameroon, ranging from leading stars of the entertainment industry to government ministers, Ambassadors, politicians, and stars of the music industry, past, present and future.

“C’est Notre Hollywood!” Sparkling dresses, flashing cameras, the red carpet, and anticipation in the air. There were thirteen categories of awards announced throughout the night, with many Cameroonian talents were nominated for the prestigious awards. The exciting night featured both memorable award presentations and vibrant performances by the artists. The evening drew to a heart-stopping climax when Cameroon’s Minister of Culture stepped forward to announce the final and most prestigious award, honoring the “Best Male Artist of the Year 2012.”

With suspense tugging on each word, the Minister announced the winner: Prince Ndedi Eyango, a Cameroonian musician, who launched his singing career 30 years ago. After releasing a series of best-selling albums, he toured extensively in Europe and Africa and then moved to the U.S. to expand his opportunities through performances, to study music and enhance his artistic knowledge, and produce a number of upcoming stars.

During 17 years of a music career in the U.S., Prince Eyango performed at major festivals and events in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, quickly becoming the truly international star that his fans knew him to be already. He was the headline performer for the Friends of Cameroon gala celebrating Peace Corps’ 45th anniversary, and a longtime supporter of FOC. Prince Eyango returned to Cameroon as an American citizen, with one goal–to bring his U.S. music knowledge to expand his career as a musician and producer, and to promote the vibrant culture and musical talent his country of birth, Cameroon. Recognized when he received Cameroon’s Artist of the Year Award in 1987 with his major hit, “You Must Calculer,” he has hit after hit in the years since, and released his latest hit album, “Appelle Moi” in October 2012. With this latest honor, musical historians are certain to note Prince Eyango for his lifelong achievements, just as his fans have done for years!

New Peace Corps Volunteer Looking for Advice

July 24th, 2012 by admin

Hi There,

I am a newly accepted Peace Corps Volunteer who will be departing for Cameroon in the fall. I would love to get in touch with any returned volunteers who served in Cameroon. I am going to be working as a community development agent. I think it would be so helpful if I could talk to anyone who served in that assignment area.

Kindest Regards,