July 2011 Regional RPCV Career Event: Chicago, IL
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 LocationRalph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Returned Volunteer Services is coming back to Chicago! At this FREE event, you will practice telling your professional Peace Corps story to a variety of audiences, connect with other returned Volunteers, and explore ways to get involved in Peace Corps activities with the Chicago Regional Recruitment Office. You’ll also chat with local employers in the public, private, and nonprofit sector at the afternoon career fair.
Register now! Contact:
Returned Volunteer Services
Because of the many opportunities in the federal government, first-year RPCVs with noncompetitive eligibility are especially encouraged to attend.
Pre-registration closes at midnight EDT on Friday, July 8, 2011.
Schedule of Events
Registration, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Career Workshops, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Attend this series of career workshops to learn techniques for telling your Peace Corps story in the job-search setting. Get RPCV-specific job-searching advice and best practices.
Regional Recruitment Office Information Session, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Attend this information session to meet staff from the Chicago Recruitment Office, and learn about opportunities to tell your Peace Corps story as you engage in Peace Corps’ third goal and recruitment activities.
Lunch, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
(Bring it with you, or purchase on your own)
RPCV Career Fair, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (with employer introductions at 2:00 p.m.)
Approximately fifteen organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sector will be on hand to meet with RPCVs about current and future job openings.
Registered employers currently include:
Academy for Urban School Leadership
CCS – Fundraising, Development, Consultants
First Command Financial Services
Illinois Department of Human Services
One Acre Fund
Teach for America
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State – UN Employment Information and Assistance Unit
U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)
Interested in federal jobs? Want to prep for the Peace Corps job fair in July?
Join us Saturday, June 25th, from 10am to 2pm for a workshop and potluck at the North Lakeside Cultural Center at 6219 N Sheridan Road (at Granville Street in Berger Park.). Learn about constructing a federal resume, get interviewing tips and opportunities, network with current federal employees, and then enjoy a potluck lunch by the lake.
Please RSVP by June 22nd by signing up below.
Travel info: Redline stop is Granville, CTA bus 151 & 147 stop in front. CTA bus 36 is 3 blocks west at Broadway.
For information and to volunteer, contact Kathy Kacen at mkkacen at yahoo dot com.
CAPCA’s After-Party is at Monk’s Pub from 8-10. Monk’s is at 205 W. Lake Street (Lake & Wells). There will be a ton of free food and great drink specials! Head to the back of the bar for our semi-private area.
Hey CAPCA Members!
Join us at this month’s CAPCA Dinner, Thursday May 19th at Turkish Cuisine!
Turkish Cuisine serves… you guessed it… Turkish Food! Peace Corps first went to Turkey in 1962, the same year we removed U.S. missiles from Turkey as a part of an agreement to end the Cuban missile crisis! Probably not a coincidence.
So let’s celebrate the Peace Corps’s role in averting nuclear disaster by gatherin’ for a slatherin’ of Turkish Cuisine.
The cost will be $22 per person (cash only!) which includes tax and tip. They’re basically going to bring out a small portion of 10-15 dishes, some meat, some vegetarian, so there should be something for everyone!
Turkish Cuisine is at 5605 N Clark St., a few blocks west of the Berwyn Red Line stop. Street parking, casual dress, and BYOB!
Please RSVP to me (email@example.com) if you’re going to be able to make it! Bring a bottle of wine (no corking fee!).
We’ll meet at the restaurant at 6:30ish, and will be getting dinner around 7pm.
Who: CAPCA members, friends of CAPCA members, family of CAPCA members, and unrequited love interests of CAPCA members
What: CAPCA BYOB Dinner, $22 cash per person
Where: Turkish Cusine, 5605 N Clark St
When: Thursday, May 19th, 6:30pm
Why: Something to do with the Cuban Missile Crisis
RSVP: to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you can make it!
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CAPCA and the Chicago Peace Corps office are sponsoring peer job support groups on Tuesdays in May. The sessions will be held from 12pm to 1pm at the Chicago Peace Corps office on 55 W Monroe Street, Suite 450.
These sessions are aimed at assisting RPCVs with job search skills and readjustment issues and will be led by members of the Peace Corps Regional Office staff and job placement experts from the CAPCA community.
Each session will only accommodate 15 people, so click here to sign up!
If you are interested but cannot attend one of these sessions, we are planning to increase our meeting times and locations in May, so don’t despair!
Monday, April 11 · 5:30pm - 9:00pm
325 N. Jefferson (On-street parking available. Parking lot a block away. CTA down the street)
Join the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association for its annual spring silent auction as we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps.
Come for Happy Hour ($5 Skyy drink specials!) and stay for the fun!
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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and his wife, Jessica. Both RPCVs who served in Tunisia in the 1960s.
COST: $20 at the door which includes appetizers and a CAPCA T-shirt. Cash bar. Menu items available for purchase.
**** Here is a list of some of the items on the auction block this year! (CASH OR CHECK ONLY.)
American Airlines tickets, Frank Lloyd Wright package, private yoga class, NW Indiana tour of dunes and beach, Thai basket, beautiful stained-glass piece, African woven basket, Chicago Live! tickets, Sophia Forero jewelry, Old Town School of Folk Music family membership, 4 White Sox tickets & parking pass, Moroccan handicrafts, Gambian tie-dye sheets, Architecture tour tickets, Vintage PC poster, 50th Anniv. PC necklace by War to Peace, tickets to the Music Institute of Chicago, free month of yoga at Core Power Yoga, Lake Michigan sailboat Cruise from Wilmette Harbor, Mayu alpaca shawl, $150 gift certificate to Yogaview, “The Mat” from Lululemon, 2 Senegalese batiks, $25 gift basekt from Greenheart and gift certificates from Noon o’ Kabob, Tank Sushi and the Brain Store, among others!
Auction proceeds go toward projects by Chicago area PCVs serving abroad. With your help, CAPCA has awarded about $10,000 in the last year.
If you would like to donate items for the silent auction or for more information, email CAPCAFundraising@gmail.com or call 773-895-0612.
Can’t make the event but still want to contribute? Visit www.capca.org.
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The Northwest Herald recently featured several CAPCA members reminiscing about their Peace Corps Service. Read more here!
WHAT: Thailand Themed CAPCA Dinner
WHEN: March 31st at 7:00pm-10:00pm at least
WHERE: Thai Classic Restaurant on 3332 N.Clark Street (1.5 blocks
north of the Belmont Red/Brown line station with paid street parking on Clark)
HOW MUCH: $20 for CAPCA members, $25 for non-CAPCA members (collected at the door)
Thailand was one of the first countries to receive Peace Corps Volunteers, the first of whom arrived in 1962. Since then, more than 7,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand. To celebrate this history, join us for this month’s 50th Anniversary Thailand themed dinner.
At the dinner, we will listen to presentations from both the Consular General of the Chicago Thai and a group of RPCVs who served in Thailand. They will teach us about the history and culture of Thailand, share their experiences, show some photos, and share some important objects from their service. We will eat traditional Thai dishes family style in traditional Thai seating (on floor cushions but with your legs hanging into holes cut into the floor).
Please RSVP to doll (dot) christian (at) gmail (dot) com by March 24th to let me know if you would like to come to this event. Also let me know if you would prefer a vegetarian meal.
This month’s CAPCA Monthly Dinner is at Cumin in Wicker Park!
Cumin – Nepalese Cuisine
1414 N. Milwaukee
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The dinner is on February 23, 2011 from 6pm- 8:30pm
Agenda is open to all who have something to share!
Order what you want from the menu- most items are $12- $14 and there is a full bar too!
Street parking available, look at the Blue line and CTA for transit directions
Rsvp not required but appreciated to email@example.com