Blog

Week 33 & 34 Contests Will Be Combined

Tue, 17 May, 2011 | Permanent link

Our Week 33 & 34 contests will be combined due to unforeseen circumstances this past weekend that prevented many users from posting content to the site.

The site is now operating well and we're excited to accept new submissions for our next weekly contest ending this Sunday night at 11:59pm. Thanks for your patience!

Congratulations To Our Week 32 Contest Winners!

Thu, 12 May, 2011 | Permanent link

ThirdGoal.org Logo


ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 32 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
Elisa Molina (Costa Rica, 2010-2012) shares a story about her new found respect for "sobadores" and the power of local healing in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Antonio Casillas (Costa Rica, 2010-2012) shares his great photo of life on a hot day inside a Peace Corps house in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Sky Lantz-Wagner (China, 2010-2012) shares a video of his performance of a song about the Peace Corps experience in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Lance McNeill (Botswana, 2010-2012) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for his photo of an incredible African 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 the Week 33 contest is Sunday, May 15, at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 31 Contest Winners!

Wed, 04 May, 2011 | Permanent link

ThirdGoal.org Logo


ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 31 contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps!

Editor's Note: We've had a long standing policy at ThirdGoal.org that the same person cannot win more than one prize per week and we apologize for not making this more clear earlier. So despite Folwell Dunbar (Ecuador, 1989-1991) receiving the most votes in both photo (Niños & Ovejas) and story (¡El Gringo Va a Morir!) categories this week, he can only win once, and we therefore have elevated our great second place photo - Jim Hamilton's "Teeth Brushing" - to our Photo of the Week and kept Folwell Dunbar's great story as our Story of the Week.

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Folwell Dunbar (Ecuador, 1989-1991) shares a great story about his funny (in retrospect) near-death Peace Corps experience in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Jim Hamilton (Paraguay, 1993-1995) shares his cute photo of a dental health lesson in progress in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Jenifer Bubenik (Honduras, 2010-2012) shares her video of a Honduran kindergarten singing their national anthem "Tu Bandera" for their partner school in Garner, NC 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 Holy Week mini donuts called "rosquillas" 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 32 contest is Sunday, May 8, at 11:59pm PDT.



Thirdgoal.org Announces Public Voting

Fri, 29 Apr, 2011 | Permanent link

We are very excited to announce that from now on, all votes to determine the weekly winners of the story/photo/video of the week will be done by you, the PCV/RPCV community and your friends and family.

For the last six months since our launch, the ThirdGoal.org Advisory Board has identified and selected the best stories, photos, and videos every week but the time has come to bring the contests to a public vote!

From now on, just visit http://www.thirdgoal.org/vote to take part in our weekly contests.

We're sorry it has taken so long to perfect the system and for the delays in our weekly contest announcements but we assure you that these announcements will be much more reliable in the weeks and months to come.

Moreover, our contests will continue throughout the year so keep submitting Peace Corps stories, photos and videos every week for a chance to win one our weekly prizes and a place in our upcoming coffee-table book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.

Congratulations To Our Weeks 27/28 Contest Winners!

Fri, 15 Apr, 2011 | Permanent link

ThirdGoal.org Logo


ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 27/28 combined contest to find the best stories, photos and videos from the last 50 years of Peace Corps. We're sorry for the delay in releasing the winners of the last couple weeks but we've been busy working on some updates to ThirdGoal that will be released shortly and we think it'll be worth the wait. Thank you to everyone who submitted content this week and for your patience.

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

STORY OF THE WEEK
Carol Peiffer (Brazil, '67-'69) shares her story about her significant weight loss while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
George Gorayeb (Yemen, '71-'73) shares his 1976 photo of him shopping at a Yemeni mall in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Lauren Fox (Mozambique, '07-'11) shares her video of a high school student and entrepreneur who has benefited from Peace Corps volunteers in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Rebecca Stumpf (Costa Rica, 2009-2011) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo of a snack table set for an International Women's Day 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 29 contest is Sunday night, April 17, at 11:59pm PDT.



Gary Sinise Congratulates Peace Corps on 50 Years of Service

Fri, 15 Apr, 2011 | Permanent link



We ran into Gary Sinise in Washington, DC's Chinatown and he was kind enough to wish Peace Corps a happy 50th anniversary on film. Thanks Gary!

Congratulations To Our Week 26 Contest Winners!

Fri, 01 Apr, 2011 | Permanent link

ThirdGoal.org Logo


ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 26 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
Rex Ackerson (Tanzania, 1966-1968) shares his story about the magic of machine chickens in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Chris Adkins (Guyana, 2009-2011) shares his photo of a local boy in his graduation regalia in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Patrick Grant (Georgia, 2010-2012) shares his funny video on the delirium of a Georgian winter in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
E.J. Riggs (Botswana, 2010-2012) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for his photo of a "Botswana 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 the Week 27 contest is Sunday, April 3, at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 25 Contest Winners!

Wed, 23 Mar, 2011 | Permanent link

ThirdGoal.org Logo


ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 25 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
Heather Kelly (Papua New Guinea, 1998-2000) shares her story about the meaning of "Wah-kah" in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Tanya Zastrow (Nicaragua, 2000-2002) shares her photo of a young entrepreneur and a Hershey's bar in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Marlene Nancy Lopez (Moldova, 2009-2011) shares her inspirational video supporting students whose parents work abroad in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Maggie Fay (Indonesia, 2010-2012) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her "Wave of Prayer" photo, 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 26 contest is Sunday, March 27, at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 24 Contest Winners!

Fri, 18 Mar, 2011 | Permanent link

ThirdGoal.org Logo


ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 24 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
Craig Vickstrom (Ghana, 1993-1995) shares his story about watching a young girl's mind bloom with creativity in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Bob Crowley (Solomon Islands, 1979-1981) shares his photo of him roasting a pig while dressed in local attire in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Kathryn Peters (Honduras, 2009-2011) shares her instructional video on how an Eco Justa stove works in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Paulette Perhach (Paraguay, 2008-2010) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo of the Aregua Lake 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 25 contest is Sunday night, March 20, at 11:59pm PDT.



Congratulations To Our Week 23 Contest Winners!

Thu, 10 Mar, 2011 | Permanent link

ThirdGoal.org Logo


ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 23 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
Kevin Wohlmut (Mexico, 2005-2009) shares his funny story about wrestling crocodiles in a nice suit in our Story of the Week.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
David Church (Namibia, 2007-2009) shares his beautiful portrait of his new best friend from the local clinic in our Photo of the Week.
Click here to view this photograph.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Wendy Lee (Cameroon, 2008-2010) shares a great retrospective video of her service in our Video of the Week.
Click here to watch this video.

BACKGROUND PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Deanna Kelley (Mali, 1994-1996) has won an RPCV Calendar courtesy of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin for her photo of the Tombouctou skyline 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 24 contest is Sunday night, March 13, at 11:59pm PST.



Countdown to Weekly Contest Deadline!

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