RPCVLA Summer 2014 Newsletter


Message from RPCVLA President Tai Sunnanon

Country Spotlight: Ukraine

Myrcia MakuchGuyana 20072009 (Ukrainian-American)

Katherine GuevaraUkraine 20052007 (teacher trainer in Donetsk)

10 Things You Don’t Know About Ukrainians

By Myrcia Makuch and Alla Dziuma

1. Ukrainians are very gracious hosts.

2. Ukrainians are superstitious. They were pagans before they became Christians.

3. Ukrainians think drafts and the cold cause most illnesses.

4. While Ukraine is a young country, Ukrainians have been around for thousands of years.

5. Ukrainians are bad at standing in line.

6. Ukrainians are tough.

7. Ukrainians are stubborn.

8. Ukraine has a summer, borders a sea, and has wonderful beaches!

9. Ukrainian women are really, really stunning.

10. It’s tough to overcome the surly Ukrainian exterior, but once you are in, you are in for life.

PC Ukraine Video

Peace Corps Ukraine VideoOn February 24, 2014 Peace Corps announced that it had evacuated 200 volunteers from Ukraine. In the video below, RPCV Alan Toth interviews returned Peace Corps Volunteers McKenzie Taylor and Jay Bagliere who were among those evacuated.Posh Corps Trailer

In addition, check out Alan’s documentary “Posh Corps,” which focuses on the lives of Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa.

Impact Update

(Right) Matthew Sakow, PCV Burkina Faso, with his RPCVLA care package.

“He was so surprised and super thrilled! He is so grateful and extremely content with the contents of your amazing package. He could not believe your generosity. Wow! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Royce Andrews, Burkina Faso

How it works:

Fill out the RPCV survey, we match you with a PCV, we send you their project, address, and care package wish list items.

To date, we have received around 270 PCV care package requests, and have been able to fill around 120 of those requests.

PCV Package Request Form

Send A Package Form

Upcoming Events

6/21: TGIS Urban Picnic & Concert

When: Saturday, June 21st at 7:30 pmWhat: Panoptica Orchestra and Frederico Aubele
Where: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles CA 90071Contact: Alison Thieme, alisonthieme@gmail.com, 805-328-1705

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RSVP via Evite

6/22: Mentoring Social

When: Sunday, June 22nd from 3:00 pm5:00 pmWhere: San Fernando Valley*Contact: Lindy, mentoring@rpcvla.org, 424-832-8488

* Please RSVP to Lindy and she will provide you the specific location.

Mentoring Program Info

7/19: Twelfth NightWhen: Saturday, July 19th at 7 pm

What: Shakespeare In the Park*

Where: Old L.A. Zoo, Griffith Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA

More info: http://www.iscla.org/

*More details to come

Save the Date

Sunday, September 21st: Hollywood BowlSaturday, November 8th: Annual International Dinner

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