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!).
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.
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.
Other resources for RPCVs:
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.
About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov