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Georgian Dancers Push Their Physical Limits for Tradition

This is a fun story about dancers in Georgia

Georgian Dancers Push Their Physical Limits for Tradition

Added by Cinda Coldwell on August 1, 2017 at 8:13am — No Comments

Fellow globe-trotter do-gooder needs some help!

Hi everyone,

I mentor a college student at Kent State, Danielle. She's been accepted to a prestigious study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg, through the American Councils for International Education. It's a language immersion, and she's also planning to volunteer with a group there that is working to end human trafficking.

Danielle is a really passionate person and I know she's going to find a way to get to Petersburg this summer, but she needs a little…

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Added by Madeline Rife on April 8, 2017 at 9:50am — No Comments

Helping Immigrants in Northeast Ohio

Here is a link to an article my wife wrote about what can be done to help immigrants in our communities: https://medium.com/@robin.chancer/how-to-help-immigrants-117f18e7af8a#.srjknk67s

All the best,
Jason Chancer
RPCV Dominican Republic

Added by Jason Chancer on February 24, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

NORVA Ethnic Dinner - MoMo's Kebab

On November 10th, NORVA members and friends dined at MoMo's Kebab in Cleveland Heights. MoMo's is a great spot for Moroccan food. The menu…

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Added by Charity Rose McDonald on November 29, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

NORVA Ethnic Dinner - El Rinconcito Chapin

NORVA members gathered at El Rinconcito Chapin on October 18th to sample authentic Guatemalan food. Several of the RPCVs attending had served in Guatemala and helped the rest of us navigate the menu. We ordered a variety of foods, some of which are pictured here. These include tacos, mini pupusas,…

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Added by Charity Rose McDonald on November 1, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

RPCVS at Soups of the World

NORVA Celebrates and Thanks All the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Who Attended Soups of the World! 

Added by Miranda on November 29, 2015 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Soups Of The World: Raises Funds, Builds Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Community, And Shares International Cultures

On November 12, 2015, NORVA hosted its biennial fundraiser, Soups of the World, at the NASH (National Slovenian Home).  Guests were greeted to the event by tables full of beautiful handmade bowls made by local artist Sandy Miller ready for guests to pick up and fill with  soups from all over the world.  The tables were beautifully arranged and decorated by returned volunteers with souvenirs from their service.…

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Added by Miranda on November 29, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Akron Global Village Festival

The Akron Global Village Festival was held yesterday at Lock 3. RPCVs from various decades came to share Peace Corps stories with members of the Akron community. Pictured above from left to right are Jimmy Filon, Romania (2000's); Phil Leber, India (1960's); Tony Paparella, Sierra Leone (1980's); Annabel…

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Added by Annabel Khouri on September 14, 2015 at 8:42am — No Comments

Host an International Visitor - 4th Annual Fulbright Scholar Weekend

FulbrightWeekend2015.pdf

This is a great way to meet people from around the world! I hosted two Fulbright students in the past and this is an amazing program. Don't miss out on this fun chance to give back. 



Cleveland Council on World Affairs

4th Annual…

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Added by Annabel Khouri on July 20, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

NORVA Ethnic Dinner - Empress Taytu Review

Thirteen RPCV and friends of NORVA convened at Empress Taytu on May 19th for NORVA’s monthly ethnic dinner. Empress Taytu is an Ethiopian restaurant located on Cleveland’s east side. Upon entering the restaurant, my eyes were struck by the consuming décor—photos of Ethiopia, Ethiopian artwork, partial thatch roofs, etc. Taytu is an oasis of Ethiopian culture.

Try the homemade spicy cottage cheese, “Ayib,” as part of part of the Ambasha appetizer. It is a unique dish. For…

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Added by Angela Lowery on May 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Why RPCVs Engage with Peace Corps

If you served in Peace Corps, you are well aware of the 3rd goal. But, did you know that you can get cool swag from Peace Corps by registering your 3rd goal activities/presentations? If you register two weeks in advance of your event, you'll receive a packet of materials, including stickers, a world map, a Peace Corps bag, and possibly even a calendar! You could share your experience with…

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Added by Annabel Khouri on May 6, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments

NORVA Ethnic Dinner - Taste of India Review

Indian fare may not be that exotic to many RPCVs who are used to sampling foods of unknown origin. The bigger surprise was the turnout: 11 people showed up for the dinner in Cuyahoga Falls illustrating that there are indeed RPCVs outside of Cleveland eager for connection. In fact, the group informally agreed upon a future dinner at a local Nepali restaurant (details to come soon and worth the trek from what I hear). 

The food was definitely tasty, albeit maybe a tad hot for some of…

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Added by Annabel Khouri on April 29, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

2014-2015 Annual Meeting Report

The NORVA Annual Meeting took place on Wednesday, March 11 at Bottlehouse Brewery in Cleveland Heights.  Prior to the meeting, NORVA hosted a nomination party and members mingled with Peace Corps invitees and nominees while enjoying food and drinks.  At the annual meeting, outgoing co-president Miranda Lange presented the…

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Added by Angela Lowery on March 27, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

NORVA supports the Girls of Madagascar

NORVA members voted at the annual meeting to use $1,000.00 of our funds budgeted for overseas projects to fund a GLOW Camp in Madagascar.

The project was nominated for funding by Madagascar RPCV and NORVA member Paul Cook. 

From the PCPP grant description:

"This PCPP grant will provide funding for a Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) camp to be held in Madagascar. The girls participating in the camp will be Middle School and High School students…

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Added by Tom Schreiber on March 15, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments

What IS bittermelon, anyway? Amy Moniot reviews The Nipa Hut.

When was the last time you tasted something completely new?  I LOVE food. I eat a lot. I search for things my mother wouldn’t recognize as food. But I have to say that it’s been a long time since I ate something and my brain couldn’t find anything to connect it to. At the Nipa Hut, the only sit-down Filipino …

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Added by Amy E. Moniot on March 5, 2015 at 9:18pm — No Comments

I am a Girl Screening

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Added by Dino Kallas on February 2, 2015 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Job Opening at International Institute of Akron

Director of Immigration Services - This position is responsible for the activities of the Immigration, Education, and Communication Departments.  The position requires a minimum education level of a Master’s Degree or Law Degree and/or BIA Accreditation.  Priority is given to individuals who are bilingual and who have prior experience working with the foreign-born.  Applicable prior experience a plus.…

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Added by Dino Kallas on February 2, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Luncheon in Dayton

If you have the time for a day trip, support your fellow Ohio RPCVs.

Added by Miranda on January 8, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer-Producing States and Metropolitan Areas in 2014

Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer-Producing States and Metropolitan Areas in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 16, 2014 – The Peace Corps today released its 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas across the country. This year, Washington state jumped to the No. 3 spot for total volunteers and volunteers per capita, with 320 residents currently serving and 4.6 out of every 100,000 residents in service. Washington is the first state ever in Peace Corps’…

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Added by Miranda on December 18, 2014 at 11:15am — No Comments

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