Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association
Serving the Community and Peace Corps Volunteers around the world


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Peace Corps Journals

Follow Peace Corps Volunteers' blogs around the world; learn about their experiences and see their photos & videos, including these UCSB grads:

C.J. Cintas in Senegal
Sonia Morhange in Rwanda
Jennifer Deangelis in Albania
Ben Vuong in Madagascar
Elizabeth Vaughan in Uganda


Photo of Sargent Shriver

"The Peace Corps represents
some, if not all, of the best
virtues in this society. It
stands for everything that
America has ever stood for.
It stands for everything we
believe in and hope to achieve in the world."

- Sargent Shriver
Founding Director of the
Peace Corps



The Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association (SBPCA) is a network of returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in the Santa Barbara area. The group's purpose is to promote:

- understanding toward the diverse ethnic and culture groups around the world
- self-help among developing nations within a sound environmental framework
- projects for international peace and protection of human rights
- Peace Corps ideals and fellowship for our members

Save the Dates: Upcoming Events

Holiday Potluck & White Elephant Gift Exchange
Saturday, December 12, 2015 (6-9pm)

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New Year's Coffee
Sunday, January 10, 2016 (10am-12pm)

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Special Membership Meeting
Sunday, January 17, 2016 (10am-12pm)

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Annual Meeting & Potluck Brunch
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (10am-1pm)

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Click here for our latest NEWSLETTER

Click here to see PHOTOS from our past events


wine tasting


BBQ - group shot


Coffee gathering



News to Note

Peace Corps Announces Historic Changes to Application Process
Read the news release issued by the Peace Corps

President Obama Encourages Americans
to Serve in the Peace Corps


Peace Corps News Releases
Read the lastest news releases issued by the Peace Corps

UCSB Places in Top 10 on Peace Corps' Top Colleges
(Ranks No. 3 Among California Schools, No. 10 Nationally)
Click here for the full article

President Obama on Peace Corps
During his remarks at the University of Michigan Commencement on 5/1/10,
President Obama called Peace Corps, "one of the most successful
service projects in American history."
He also highlighted
President Kennedy's speech at the University 50 years ago that led to
the creation of Peace Corps and spoke about the importance of serving.
(Click here to watch Obama's speech or to read the transcript )
(Obama starts at 1 min 40 sec; his comments re: Peace Corps start at 28 min 30 sec)

California Ranks #1 By Far as the
2010 Top Peace Corps Recruiting State!

On the cusp of Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary in 2011, Peace Corps announced the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing states & metropolitan areas. More Americans are serving as Peace Corps volunteers today than any other time in the last 40 years, and many new metropolitan areas topped the list. To read more, click here.

Peace Corps Ranking Up There!

Peace Corps ranks 8th as Best Place to Launch a Career according to
Bloomberg BusinessWeek. This is the 5th year in a row Peace Corps has ranked
in the top 100 in the annual survey of college students. Employers have observed that
recent grads are globally minded and that grassroots international experience makes
Peace Corps Volunteers attractive job candidates when they return home.
(To read more, click here)

Peace Corps has also been named
one of the Federal Government's "Best Places To Work"
(To read more, click here)


July 4th Parade


RPCV panel


Beach clean up


Jeanmarie talking about Mini Grants


RPCV Panel audience


Happy Hour


Watch Peace Corps experiences from around the globe


Peace Corps beginnings...

Kennedy asking University of Michigan students to dedicate 2 years of their lives (listen)
Kennedy press conference on signing Executive Order #10924 establishing the Peace Corps (listen)
Kennedy speaking to the very first group of Peace Corps Volunteers (Ghana) (listen)


4th of July Parade 2014






















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Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association
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Santa Barbara, CA 93190