NASHVILLE, TN: The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the leading nonprofit alumni association supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, together with the Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (TNRPCV), will host over 300 former Volunteers and Peace Corps staff from around the country in Nashville from June 19-21 for a national gathering held each year called Peace Corps Connect.
“Peace Corps Connect really allows Volunteers to come together and bond through a special common denominator we all share: service in the Peace Corps. “Serving in the Peace Corps is an experience that lasts a lifetime and this annual event is one way to share that experience with each other in a meaningful setting,” said Glenn Blumhorst, president of the National Peace Corps Association.
In traditional Southern style, guests will be welcomed and entertained by award-winning singer Emmylou Harris, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and community leader and humanitarian Rev. Becca Stevens. Among other national and global leaders, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will make one of her first public appearances in her newly confirmed position; Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, 12th Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will be honored with the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award; and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, will deliver a plenary address.
“Nashville is thrilled to host this annual conference for the Peace Corps community. “With Nashville having the field advantage this year, we’ve constructed a three-day game plan that is responsive to what Volunteers want in a conference, plus we’ve added the flavor of our hometown hospitality,” says Angie Harris, the chair of this year’s event.
The event will feature numerous sessions and opportunities to network:
Thursday, June 19-Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Peace Corps Careers At this career event, learn strategies to stand out from other job-seekers. Take advantage of this free opportunity to boost job-searching skills while networking with Peace Corps staff, returned volunteers and employers.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Around the World in 90 Minutes Travel the world through the eyes of Peace Corps Volunteers. Expose your senses to photos, clothing, art, music, videos and more as you visit tables hosted by returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have served around the globe. Learn more about joining the Peace Corps and Peace Corps Response.
Friday, June 20-Vanderbilt University, 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville
8:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Peace Corps Connect Sessions Friday will focus on small group sessions. Events include a Storytelling workshop, Politics and the Peace Corps, Women of the Peace Corps Legacy, Graduate Research Conference, Peace Corps Prep, Board Emeritus and Advocacy. In the evening, enjoy a river cruise on the General Jackson, hosted by the Atlanta Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Saturday, June 21-Country Music Hall of Fame, 222 5th Ave. S., Nashville
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Great Ideas Saturday will be an exciting program with talks on Great Ideas © by returned volunteers who will share their responses to a social, health, educational or environmental problem; and may have done so through social entrepreneurship. Guests will hear from local, national and global leaders, witness award presentations, and hear live entertainment by Emmylou Harris and the Carmonas. Join the returned Peace Corps volunteer after-party at The Rutledge. Live music features Revolfusion and the Double Intenders.
To register and connect with returned Volunteers who have served in 139 countries since 1961 visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org/annual-gathering/nashville-2014