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ThirdGoal.org Mourns the Loss of Sargent Shriver

Wed, 19 Jan, 2011 | Permanent link



Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps' first director, died yesterday at 95. Sarge, you transformed public service in America and we'll miss you greatly. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve.

Peace Corps has put together a really nice tribute to Sargent Shriver at http://shriver.peacecorps.gov where everyone can sign a guestbook and share some thoughts about Sarge. We encourage you to check it out.

Our Week 16 story, photo, and video of the week announcement will be delayed one day out of respect his passing.

Peace Corps Tribute to Sargent Shriver


Congratulations To Our Week 15 Contest Winners!

Wed, 12 Jan, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 15 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
Cerridwen Johnson (The Gambia, 2006-2008) tells the story of Gambian children seeing her as one of their own in our Story of the Week.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
John Park (China, 2009-2011) has won a $27 REI gift card for his beautiful photo of a mother and daughter riding a bicycle together in our Photo of the Week.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Terry Lyes (East Timor, 2004-2005) tells the story of Zulia Espostu over images of East Timor in our video of the week.
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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 15 contest is Sunday night, January 16, at 11:59pm PST.

2011 Third Goal International Film Festival - Columbia, MO - January 29

Mon, 10 Jan, 2011 | Permanent link

Third Goal International Film Festival Poster


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the United States Peace Corps, the Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will host the Third Goal International Film Festival at the new University of Missouri Student Center. On January 29, 2011, the film fest will be held in the viewing room of the new Student Center located at 911 Rollins St.

This year’s feature film, “Niger 66,” follows five Peace Corps volunteers as they recently returned to Niger, a country where they served in 1966 as agriculture workers, digging wells and starting health clinics for women and their babies. This documentary film follows the volunteers as they reconnect with friends from Niger, and explores the culture shock of re-entry into the U.S. in the turmoil of 1968.

From celebrated director Judy Irola, a highly awarded cinematographer for more than 30 years and head of the cinematography department at the University of Southern California, “Niger 66” will enlighten those considering international service while interesting those who experienced the 1960’s. Hosted in collaboration with the University of Missouri Film Studies Department, the Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and the City of Columbia Public Communications Resources Advisory Commission, Irola will be in attendance for director commentary and will present at various events on the MU campus prior to the festival.

Other films include Jimisir, following a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal who taught math, science and English while learning to speaking the local language and adjusting to Nepalese culture. Then experience “The Kidnapped Bride,” with PBS reporter Petr Lom who travels to Kyrgyzstan, where an ancient tradition of bride kidnapping, banned by the Soviets, is resurgent. Lom gets inside families to talk with kidnapped brides -- those who have managed to escape from their captors as well as those who are making homes with their new husbands. Closing film is “Familia,” a poignant, universally accessible documentary about a poverty-stricken Peruvian family. Clearly the result of a long and respectful association with the subjects (Swedish producer/co-director Mikael Wistrom first met the family in 1974 and has helmed two previous films about them), this winner of the Karlovy Vary documentary prize is a must see.

Click here for more details about this year's festival...

Congratulations To Our Week 14 Contest Winners!

Wed, 05 Jan, 2011 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 14 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
Howard Daniel (India, 1968-1970) shares with us a humorous postscript to the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Michael Dissen (Lesotho, 2008-2010) shares with us a photo of a young boy trying to improve his reading skills in spite of environmental challenges.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Kelly Cronin (Peru, 2008-2010) shares with us a video highlighting her significant impact as a small business development volunteer in rural Peru.
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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 15 contest is Sunday night, January 9, at 11:59pm PST.

Congratulations To Our Week 13 Contest Winners!

Wed, 29 Dec, 2010 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 13 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
Ramsey Harris Nix (Mongolia, 2000-2002) found her soul in this beautiful story of her first Christmas on the Mongolian steppe.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Katie Filkins (Bulgaria, 2008-2011) shares a sweet moment from her kindergarten in Bulgaria as her students prepare for the annual Christmas program.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Liz Poulson (Guatemala, 2010-2012) takes us on a tour of her local market in this week's Video of the Week. Beware! This might make you hungry.
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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 14 contest is Sunday night, January 02, at 11:59pm PST.

Congratulations To Our Week 12 Contest Winners!

Wed, 22 Dec, 2010 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 11 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
CarrieAnn Tkacyk (Nepal, 1990-1992) lived in the shadows of a previous volunteer until she learned the myth of Banglung Pani Miss.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Marisa Wong (Niger, 2008-2010) introduces us to a solemn and proud president of a Peace Corps-initiated student government in Kollo, Niger.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Karen Preskey (Ethiopia, 2007-2009) explores the highly precise "Bunna" coffee ceremony.
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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 13 contest is Sunday night, December 26, at 11:59pm PST.

Congratulations To Our Week 11 Contest Winners!

Wed, 15 Dec, 2010 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 11 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
Lindsay Toler (Moldova, 2010-2012) employs some Socratic Questioning as she challenges gender roles in Moldova.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Caroline Boucher Hutton (St. Lucia, 2002-2004) discovered the essence of natural innocence while on a hike in a remote part of the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Roger Ravenstad (Nepal, 1986-1987) took some incredible images showcasing the natural beauty of Nepal and turned them into an excellent slideshow video of his journeys through the mountainous country.
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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 12 contest is Sunday night, December 19, at 11:59pm PDT.

Congratulations To Our Week 10 Contest Winners!

Wed, 08 Dec, 2010 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 10 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
RPCV Abigail Fay (Senegal, 2007-2009) shares her heartwarming story about love and marriage from the back of a seven seat taxi.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Molly Powers (Fiji, 2005-2007) held a geography competition after completing the World Map project with her students, and captured this triumphant finale on film.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Steve Lincoln (St. Vincent, 2008-2010) took part in a project to honor local community service leaders, and with his wife, they interviewed G.A.O., a Vincentian Calypsonian who shared his story in the incredible Calypsonian tradition of the Caribbean.
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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 11 contest is Sunday night, December 12, at 11:59pm PDT.

Congratulations To Our Week 9 Contest Winners!

Wed, 01 Dec, 2010 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 9 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
RPCV Ellen Nabeti (Kiribati, 1967-1969) posted a very funny story about the taboo topic of the "Girl Sickness."
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Louise Cox (Sierra Leone, 1967-1969) shared a photo that likely challenges most everyone's concept of patience on public transportation.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
David Ruderman (India, 1969-1971) shared a video slideshow of his excellent photographs in India in the late 1960s demonstrating the close connection that he shared with his community.
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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 9 contest is Sunday night, December 5, at 11:59pm PDT.

Congratulations To Our Week 8 Contest Winners!

Wed, 24 Nov, 2010 | Permanent link

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ThirdGoal.org wishes to congratulate the winners of our Week 8 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
RPCV Kevin Daley (Samoa, 1986-1989) left for Peace Corps and took his goodbye to new heights and was almost arrested for it by the Boston Police Department.
Click here to read this story.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Jessica Flaten (Senegal, 2007-2009) shared a photo that truly represents what Peace Corps is all about: a Senegalese boy, a Peace Corps Volunteer, and an official from Peace Corps Washington all working together.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Greg Casaletto (Belize, 2009-2011) shared a video that really does have it all: camaraderie with fellow volunteers. Cultural events. Awesome hikes. Cool animals. Weird food. Learning from local partners. And unforgettable moments with new friends and family.
Click here to watch this video.

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 9 contest is Sunday night, November 28, at 11:59pm PDT.

Countdown to Weekly Contest Deadline!

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