Third Goal Expo: Building Global Communities

Registration is now open for the Third Goal Expo: Building Global Communities in Nashville at the downtown Library on June 23rd. The event will open to the public at 1:00PM so please register online (FREE) and come downtown and see a different perspective on life from around the world.


12:00 – 1:15 pm: RPCV Brainstorming: Elevate the Third Goal

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are invited to participate in this discussion forum led by Peace Corps agency staff to brainstorm ideas and best practices to further promote and elevate the Third Goal. Here’s your chance to share your thoughts on what you do and what you need to “bring the world back home.” You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. This activity will be held in the Library Classroom.

Facilitator: Coming soon!

1:00 pm: Registration begins

After registration, guests are invited to visit the Around the World exhibits (multimedia room) or view the continuously streaming videos (classroom) from Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association. This activity will be held in the Library Auditorium.

2:00 – 2:45 pm: Speakers Program


• Keynote: Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms
• Peace Corps: Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Deputy Director
• National Peace Corps Association: Kevin Quigley, President
• Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers: David Keiser, President

3:00 – 3:45 pm: Break-out session: Engaging RPCVs in the Classroom

The Third Goal of the Peace Corps is to educate people in the United States about the countries and cultures in which volunteers have served. In this session, you’ll hear about free resources that support educators, returned Peace Corps volunteers and others to bring the world back home to classrooms and communities. Learn how you can tap into Speakers Match and Coverdell World Wise Schools materials, connect with serving and returned volunteers and more! This activity will be held in the Library Auditorium.

Facilitator: Anne Baker, Vice President, National Peace Corps Association


  • Nicole Harper, Botswana 1994-1996
  • Angene Wilson, Liberia 1962-1964, University of Kentucky Professor Emerita of Education and co-author of Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers

4:00 – 4:45 pm: Break-out session: Peace Corps through the Eyes of Family and Friends

Do you have a family member or friend who is serving in the Peace Corps? Or who is contemplating service in the future? Come to this session to hear another perspective on Peace Corps: from friends or family of serving Peace Corps volunteers. We will discuss practical issues such as staying in touch, providing support and other concerns, in addition to hearing different takes on the experience. This activity will be held in the Library Auditorium.

Facilitator: David Keiser, President, Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers


  • John Harris (parent of Papua New Guinea volunteer Angela Harris)
  • John Sontag (grandparent of Ukraine volunteer Chris Powers)
  • Mendrika Ramarlina (Vanderbilt student taught English by Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar)

Throughout the Event

1:00 – 5:00 pm: Around the World Exhibits

Stop by the Multimedia Room and visit each table in the Around the World exhibits to learn more about the Peace Corps experience and the countries served by volunteers.

Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services
Peace Corps Regional Recruitment Office
National Peace Corps Association
Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Around the World Displays

  • Nicole Harper, Botswana 1994-1996
  • Debbie Schuld, Cameroon 2007-2009
  • Diana and Andy Ray, Costa Rica 2005-2007
  • Sheila Fischer, Jamaica 2004-2006
  • Casey Woodling, Madagascar 2007-2009
  • Jennifer Boyd, Morocco 2008-2010
  • Dave Keiser, Morocco 1998-2000
  • Angie Harris, Papua New Guinea 1991-1993
  • Sam and Diane Glasgow, Thailand 1966-1968/1973-1975
  • Lacey Cook, Togo 2002-2004
  • Connie Mathews, Uzbekistan 1997-1999


We need your service memories

The Peace Corps and the NPCA will be coming to Nashville on June 23 to hold a Third Goal Expo and we need you to dust off our boxes of memories and help us out. A highlight of the Third Goal Expo is a series of tables representing different countries of service by Peace Corps. Those Around the World displays are all done by RPCVs – perhaps even you!

We will have signage for each table, but otherwise invite you to fill the tables with whatever display you wish. This is a wonderful opportunity to share pictures and treasures with future volunteers, family members of serving volunteers, educators and the public. Other items to bring could include cloth, maps, project-specific items and handicrafts. Feel free to wear your favorite traditional dress. The goal for the display is to have some interesting Show and Tell items that initiate conversations with the people who attend. I’ll leave that up to your imaginations!

In the meantime, we need to know who is interested and which country you plan to represent. Please fill out the following sign-up form by June 3. Sign-Up Form