Words from the President

Welcome to your new website!  Last year we re-designed our Friends of Colombia newsletter and now we have re-designed our website.  Our goal for both is the same:  to make it easier, faster, and more fun for you to see what is going on in our world–which includes the work of current PCVs in Colombia as well as the work and lives of our RPCVs at home and abroad.  Our website is a work in progress–we hope you will read it and enjoy it, but also tell us what else you would like to see.  And be sure to join us if you are not already a member.  Just print out the membership form under Connect & Join and send it to foc.memberlist@gmail.com.
–Arleen Stewart Cheston, President



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Fall 2014 Newsletter

“Once and Again” is the theme of our Fall newsletter.


It features a story by former PCV John Montoya about arriving at his site, Santa Rita of Andes, in January 1963. Many early volunteers will recognize John’s experience. This story is paired with a much later one: RPCV Robert Dietz describes his return trip to La Plata, Huila, 50 years after his service there.


Then RPCV Pat Wand discusses this year’s Peace Corps Connect forum in Nashville in June. Colombia RPCVs were well represented and FOC shares the news that next year’s Peace Corps Connect will be held in Northern California.


There is also news of books about and by PCVs, and a look at how PCV writers can get their books published with the help of Peace Corps Worldwide’s writers program.