Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Discuss Their Service with Promise and FDA Students

On Saturday, March 7, HLL students from Promise Academy II and Frederick Douglass Academy met with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (“RPCVs”) at the Countee Cullen New York Public Library as part of HLL's Career Exploration program. Our student-athletes met with each of the five RPCVs and listened to them tell stories about what led them to join Peace Corps and information about their current careers. The RPCVs served across West and Southern Africa, so the HLL players were delighted to hear about their experience as volunteers and a few of the local dialects spoken in their countries of service.

Most of the RPCVs continue serving the community after completing their Peace Corps service. Several of them currently work with local non-profits that help underserved neighborhoods, while one other RPCV is assessing the impact of Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  After the discussion, the boys and girls asked the RPCVs about what kind of projects and which countries host Peace Corps Volunteers, how many languages the RPCVs speak, and whether or not RPCVs continue to live in their host countries after their service is complete. Our student-athletes came away from the discussion appreciating careers that focus on service and helping the less fortunate.