Our Mission

The purpose of the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association (SBPCA) is to:

  • Educate the public regarding the U.S. Peace Corps and the work of current and former Peace Corps Volunteers in various countries around the world, and educate the public about those countries and their peoples;

  • Promote a better understanding of different cultures around the world;

  • Serve as a resource to prospective, current, former, and future Peace Corps Volunteers;

  • Promote the ideals of the Peace Corps;

  • Engage in community service in Santa Barbara County; and

  • Engage in other relevant activities.

SBPCA AS A RESOURCE

SBPCA serves as a resource to prospective, current, former, and future Peace Corps Volunteers in the Santa Barbara area, and works to promote the ideals of the Peace Corps, and engage in community service in Santa Barbara County. 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

The SBPCA Board organizes monthly social events open to all RPCVs and people interested in joining the Peace Corps (significant others and friends are also welcome, of course!).

Click here to VISIT our Events Page

Also, throughout the year, recently returned volunteers can network with the members of our SBPCA community for help with housing, job leads, other resources, and fellowship.

EMAIL US TO FIND OUT MORE

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR EVENTS PAGE

You may also be matched with one or more Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who can help you transition back into the American rat race.

EMAIL US IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BEING MATCHED WITH AN RPCV

Future Peace Corps Volunteers

Thinking about joining the Peace Corps? Talking to a returned Volunteer (RPCV) can help you make a decision or answer questions you have. If you’re interested, we will put you in touch with someone who can answer your questions and share their experience.

EMAIL US TO CONNECT

VISIT THE OFFICIAL PEACE CORPS WEBSITE

Other resources for RPCVs:

VISIT THE NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION WEBSITE

VISIT THE PEACE CORPS’ RPCV WEBPAGE

VISIT THE PEACE CORPS’ RPCV PORTAL


When I was in the Peace Corps I never made a phone call. I was in Central Africa; I didn’t make a phone call for two years. I was in Uganda for another four years and I didn’t make a phone call. So for six years I didn’t make a phone call, but I wrote letters, I wrote short stories, I wrote books.
— Paul Theroux