7 Reasons RPCVs Succeed in Start-Ups

Congratulations to CAPCA’s own Caroline Lucas, whose article was published in the RPCV Career Center’s national newsletter. “Everything I had learned during my two years in Armenia had prepared me to be the perfect startup candidate. Here’s why.” Caroline’s article, “7 Reasons Peace Corps Volunteers make the best start-up workers,” lists that qualities and skills that […]


CAPCA Visits Senator Kirk

We recently had a very productive meeting with the staff of Illinois’ Senator Mark Kirk in which we advocated for Senator Kirk to support President Obama’s request for an increase in Peace Corps budget to $410 million.


Board Elections 2015

CAPCA will holds board elections Oct. 22-30. Anyone who is a dues-paying member, who served as an RPCV or PC staff, is eligible to run. Oct. 10 – Deadline to submit candidacy. Email a short, third-person bio to President Kathy Kacen (mkkacen@yahoo.com). Oct. 22 – Members will receive an online ballot. Encourage your fellow RPCVs […]

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August and September Social Dinners

Thanks to all who joined us for our recent dinner events – it was great to see so many of our CAPCA members and friends! We met at Paladar for Cuban food and stories in August, and at Lazo’s Restaurant for Mexican fare in September. Each event hosted over 30 people.


Culture Shocks Softball

The amazing Culture Shocks, with Brain Defilippo as team captain, have a lot of heart. The team plays three seasons, spring, summer and fall ball each year. This is our spring team, made up mostly of RPCVs and a few strong Peace Corps supporters. So far this summer, our record is 1-1. Come out to […]


International Trivia Night

RPCV’s gathered with friends for Trivia Night in June at the Black Rock Bar.  The event tested their knowledge about Peace Corps history, geography and beer. The winning team members won bags full of Peace Corps memorabilia.

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Career Fair

CAPCA was proud to participate in a very successful annual Peace Corps Career Fair in Chicago May 4-5, 2015. There was a great showing from local and national employers with a high number of open positions to fill. Many of those openings were for positions in the government or in nonprofits. Over 100 job-seeking RPCVs […]


RPCVs Share Tales at Annual Story Slam

Many thanks to the brave and talented RPCV story-tellers who shared their Peace Corps tales at CAPCA’s second annual Story Slam. Thanks too to all those who joined us to listen and to renew your CAPCA membership. We were delighted with the great turn-out and awed by the incredible stories both light-hearted and deeply moving. […]


PC Advocacy Letters

CAPCA members, RPCV’s and Peace Corps supporters prepared 30 letters which were mailed to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, requesting his support of President Obama’s $410 million dollar budget for the Peace Corps.

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Successful 26th Camp Vista Get-Away

The 26th annual Camp Vista winter get-away from Jan 16-19 was attended by 69 adults and children and organized by Chicago Area RPCVs. The snow was low but the spirits were high! Everyone enjoyed the slightly mushy cross-country and downhill skiing, the board games, the movie night, the frozen lake, and a home-made Ethiopian dinner. […]

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