Service with a Smile
Service vacations with RPCV Global Village allow RPCVs a chance to continue their commitment to service, while enjoying the company of other Peace Corps volunteers and some winter sunshine in SW Florida.
A new non-profit is bringing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to Immokalee, Florida this winter, to serve the local farm-worker population in a variety of programs. RPCV Global Village was started by Greg “Goyo” Plimpton, a veteran Peace Corps and PC Response volunteer, who served for seven years in Peru and Panama. “When my services were over, I moved to Fort Myers (Florida) to be near my son and five grandchildren and found a great need for services and assistance, similar to what I’d experienced in Peru and Panama.” After surveying many of his RPCV alumni, Plimpton found a strong desire to serve, but for much shorter terms than the typical 2-year Peace Corps service. With the help and encouragement of his former Country Director, Sanjay Mathur and others, the idea for RPCV Global Village was born.
From January through April of 2020, RPCVs will fly or drive to SW Florida, at their expense, and serve in any of the following programs: Teaching English to adults, Building/teaching community gardens, Assisting at a local nature center, Teaching handwashing, Teaching simple accounting and family budgeting, Teaching nutrition, Planting trees Reforestation, Housing rehab/ light construction, Assisting at local health clinics, food banks and soup kitchens. Food, housing and transportation will be provided during their one week (or longer) stay. Housing in Immokalee will be dormitory style, with a few semi-private spaces for couples. “This isn’t the Hilton.” chides Plimpton, “But, it is a serious upgrade from most Peace Corps housing, with indoor plumbing, WiFi and air conditioning; without the diarrhea or community diagnostic.” Volunteers will be asked to make a small donation to defray expenses and help with kitchen chores.
“All of our community partners in Immokalee are excited about having the language and technical skills, plus 2 years of field experience, that we bring.”, says Plimpton. He added, “This gives volunteers the opportunity to renew their commitment to being of service, making a real difference in the local community, while enjoying the company of other returned Peace Corps volunteers, in sunny Southwest Florida.” In their spare time, volunteers will be able to visit local parks, nature preserves and beaches; even the local Seminole Casino. Plimpton notes that new airline service from Allegiant Air into nearby Punta Gorda airport offers some very low-cost fares. Volunteers can also fly into Fort Myers (RSW) airport or drive. Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Details and an online application form can be found on this website under the "Service Opportunity" tab.
Or apply directly : https://rpcvglobalvillage.wufoo.com/forms/m15eymmo16bvty0/
Questions? Contact Greg Plimpton directly at : firstname.lastname@example.org