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ThirdGoal.org Project on Pause

Wed, 15 Feb, 2012 | Permanent link

We're terribly sorry that the ThirdGoal.org project has been on hiatus for some time. We hope to continue our weekly contests and to release some good news about the project in the near future. Sign up for our mailing list in order to be the first to know when we're back up and running.

Congratulations To Our Weeks 42/43 Contest Winners!

Mon, 01 Aug, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Weeks 42/43 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Scott Townsend (Cameroon, 2002-2004) shares his story about a short, dark, handsome stranger in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Jeanne Hanna Vogel (Peru, 1964-1966) shares her photo of kids on their first visit to the ocean in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Sarah Little (Moldova, 2010-2012) shares her video exploring homemade Moldovan goat cheese in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Nicholas Baylor Hall (Namibia, 2010-2012) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for his photo of a family silhouette against a gorgeous Namibian sunset in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for our next contest is this Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 11:59pm.



Congratulations To Our Weeks 40/41 Contest Winners!

Fri, 15 Jul, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Weeks 40/41 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Jeffrey Jackson (Thailand, 2011-2013) shares his story about how Jack Kerouac saved his life in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Kathryn El-Assal (Morocco, 1981-1983) shares her photo of a tree-climbing goat in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Alexandria Blute (Madagascar, 2007-2008) shares her video of a Malagasy Hokey Pokey in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Terri Kempton (Nicaragua, 2000-2002) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo of PCVs learning the hard and sweaty method of building terraces in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for the Week 42 contest is this Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 11:59pm.



Congratulations To Our Week 39 Contest Winners!

Fri, 01 Jul, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 39 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Christie Appelhanz (Ukraine, 2000-2002) shares her story about experiencing 9/11 while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Christina Szirmai (Mongolia, 2009-2011) shares her photo of tradition meeting technology in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Gavin Finnegan (Jamaica, 2009-2011) shares his video recap of his service in the Caribbean in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Grace Hansen (Guatemala, 2010-2012) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo from the judges table at the "Reina de Independencia" pageant in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for the Week 40 contest is Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 38 Contest Winners!

Fri, 24 Jun, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 38 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Robert Moulthrop (Nigeria, 1963-1965) shares a selection of poems written during his service in the early 60's in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Camille Aragon (St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 2010-2012) shares her photo of a curious child in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
April Muniz (Senegal, 2010-2012) has won a $20 REI gift card for her video sharing a piece of North American culture with her kids in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Cara Lane (Morocco, 2005-2007) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo of a Sahara Camel Trek through a broken camera lens (we love the effect!) in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for the Week 39 contest is Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 37 Contest Winners!

Sat, 18 Jun, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 37 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Mason Robbins (Haiti, 1999-2001) and Joel Robbins (Azerbaijan, 2007-2009) share their father and son Peace Corps experiences in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Trevor Sudano (Namibia, 2011 - 2013) shares his great photo of a Namibian grasshopper in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Danielle Vaughn (Bulgaria, 2011-2013) has won a $20 REI gift card for her video of a playground revitalization project in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Erica Wible (Morocco, 2005-2007) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo taken during a walk through a Moroccan field in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for the Week 38 contest is Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 36 Contest Winners!

Fri, 10 Jun, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 36 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Parisa Kharazi (Botswana, 2010-2012) has won a $20 REI gift card for her story about the gratitude experienced during her Peace Corps service in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Tricia Buzzard (Honduras, 2011 - 2013) has won a $20 REI gift card for a photo of her preparing Nacatamales, a delicious Honduran delicacy, in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Patrick Grant (Georgia, 2010-2012) has won a $20 REI gift card for his video of a town emerging from the harsh Georgian winter in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Trevor Sudano (Namibia, 2010-2012) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for his photo of a beautiful sunset in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for the Week 37 contest is Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 11:59pm PDT.



Help Build ThirdGoal's Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Book, Win an iPad 2

Mon, 06 Jun, 2011 | Permanent link


ThirdGoal.org is putting together a Peace Corps 50th anniversary commemorative coffee-table book and we want your experience to be included!

The book will be released this fall and we're starting the final push now to collect Peace Corps stories, photos and videos over the next 6 weeks to really have a great selection of material before we design and publish the final product later this summer.

For every Peace Corps story, photo, and video shared on ThirdGoal.org from now until July 15, 2011 (max 10 per person), you'll be entered for a chance to win an iPad 2 and an appearance in our printed commemorative coffee-table book.



Best of all, 100% of the money that we make from the sale of the book will be donated to fund Peace Corps projects around the world! So please visit ThirdGoal.org now to start sharing your Peace Corps experiences and enter your name to win an iPad 2 as we begin the final push to collect content for our upcoming Peace Corps 50th anniversary coffee-table book.


We'll also be continuing our weekly contests where you can win a $20 gift card for best story, photo and video of the week so keep posting items to the site for a chance to win every week.

Congratulations To Our Week 35 Contest Winners!

Thu, 02 Jun, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 35 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Sam Sweeney (El Salvador, 2010-2012) shares his improbable story of a new immigrant to America in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Jane Bensinger (Philippines, 1985-1987) shares her photo of some curious Filipino kids in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Sheila Reiser (South Africa, 2005-2007) shares her video of kids singing the South African National Anthem in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Sarah Taylor (Fiji, 2008-2010) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo of an annual Hindi fire walking celebration in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for the Week 36 contest is Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 33/34 Contest Winners!

Wed, 25 May, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 33/34 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Sarah Olivia Ambriz (Guyana, 2008-2011) shares her story about the night she "sexed a Caiman" in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Sandra O'Neill (Madagascar, 2006-2008) shares her photo of almost everyone pushing the van back home in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
John Garvey (Burkina Faso, 2010-2012) shares his song about overcoming the language barriers of Peace Corps in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Elisa Molina (Costa Rica, 2010-2012) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo of freshly picked guava in our Background Photo of the Week.
Click here to view the photograph.

Submit your story, photo, or video now for a chance to win a prize in next week's contest. The deadline to submit content for the Week 35 contest is Sunday, May 29, at 11:59pm PDT.



Countdown to Weekly Contest Deadline!

“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.