Most RPCVs have stories to tell about their work and adventures living overseas as volunteers, and most are eager to share Peace Corps values with an interested audience. It turns out that lots of local Rotary clubs are looking for motivated speakers…. so the NCPCA Speakers Bureau has been born!
We seek Triangle area RPCVs who are willing to talk with Rotary Clubs about their Peace Corps service, the impact of Peace Corps on international communities, and/or the impact of Peace Corps values in their current work. There are 47 Rotary clubs in our area, and all of them are looking for speakers about international topics, interesting local service projects, or volunteerism, etc. Whether your Peace Corps service was last year or decades ago, we all know many of us have vivid stories and experiences about living and working overseas.
Rotary members don’t want a long lecture; speakers talk for 20 minutes max. You can talk about how your volunteer service lead to your current job, your passion about your work or volunteer project, or any subject that embraces Peace Corps values. You choose your topic, as well as when and where you’re available.
Amy Blackwell is leading a small team of NCPCA members (Alexis Luckey, Bobbi Wallace, Mary McMillan, Peggy Schaeffer, and President Ivan Browning) in developing our new RPCV Speakers Bureau. Through this Speakers Bureau we hope to develop a strong relationship with Rotary and its local clubs, which could be the foundation for further collaborations. This is a first step to other ways of sharing our mutual interests in service, both local and international. Rotary International and its local clubs have the means to fund and support projects around the world.
Consider preparing a 20 minute story that shares the goals of Peace Corps. You don’t have to tell your story often, & you can make a difference by telling it.
Please contact email@example.com to volunteer as a speaker, or for more information.
The main objective of Rotary International is service:
….in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
There are several dozen local clubs, each meeting on weekdays. Typically there’s a meal, and the speakers will dine for free.
On a broader level, Peace Corps and Rotary International have an ongoing collaboration, and are actively seeking new ways to build on common goals. Additionally, Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill host the Rotary Peace Center, where Rotary Fellows from around the world study for a fully-funded graduate program.
Are you a Rotary club member looking for a speaker? We are now compiling the names and contact info of local Peace Corps speakers. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.