On November 5th, 2008, we highlighted how local Rotary clubs, in conjunction with Rotary International, are helping RPCVs "maintain the volunteering spirit."
A good example of a local Rotary playing its part in fostering global citizenship is the Tehama County (California) Rotary. Its scheduled mid-April trip to Ethiopia and Kenya will bring people's of various backgrounds closer through cultural exchange. The five-person delegation will be lead by Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Melissa Mendonca.
As a veteran of the Peace Corps, Melissa has dedicated much of her time to service. She gave two years, three months in the Federated States of Micronesia and nine months in Zambia as a Crisis Corps volunteer. She also spent time in Cuba and Guatemala as she obtained her degree in international health and development.
The well-traveled Rotarian ambassador confessed "Ethiopia has been a dream destination for awhile." She hopes to get an authentic experience by staying with Ethiopian and Kenyan Rotarians, while showcasing the uniqueness her hometown--Red Bluff--brings to the world.
To read an article about the trip in the Red Bluff Daily News, click here.