BARPCV collaborates with the New England Regional Peace Corps Office to welcome back recently returned volunteers and send off nominees about to embark on their new journeys. Local RPCVs and nominees are invited to these events, as well as friends and families of Peace Corps volunteers. There is a featured guest speaker or speakers and a short ceremony to Welcome Back those recently returning from service and to Send Off those about to embark on their journeys. It is also customary for people to have the opportunity to mix and mingle during an informal reception. Participants are encouraged to bring dishes inspired by their countries of service to share at the event.
Typically, on the final Friday evening of the month, RPCVs converge on local watering holes to hang out, kick back a frosty pint, and reminisce about their time abroad. It's a great chance to get involved with the local Peace Corps community in a casual and fun atmosphere. Usually the location is the Asgard in Cambridge, but on special months we change it up. We send out an e-mail a few days beforehand to let everyone know where we'll be, and posts are also made on Facebook. If you'd like to know where we'll be this month, just contact Andrew Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In September, BARPCV hosts a party for new (and not-so-new) members. Besides a fun time, the goal of the party is to welcome new RPCVs to the Boston area, allow members a chance to meet each other and to learn more about what BARPCV is doing and how to get involved. Board members and activity chairs attend, make a short presentation on their activities and needs. For information send an email to email@example.com and put New Members Party in the subject line.