Our Mission

The purpose of the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association 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; to educate the public about those countries and their peoples; and to promote a better understanding of different cultures around the world. The 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!). To find out about our upcoming events go to UPCOMING EVENTS.

Also, throughout the year, recently returned volunteers can network with the members of our SBPCA community for help with housing, job leads and fellowship. To find out more please email us. You may also contact the Mentoring Program to be matched with a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in your area who can help you transition back into the American rat race.


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. Please email us, and we will put you in touch with someone who can answer your questions and share their experience.


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