The RPCV Mentoring Program is now online and both potential mentors and mentees are signing up!Â Read through this email to learn more and to find out how your group can benefit and participate.
The RPCV Mentoring program was started in 2007 with a fundamental goal in mind: to connect recently returned Peace Corps volunteers with RPCV mentors.Â
Via phone, email and face-to-face meetings, these mentors help ease the difficult transition, provide a connection to the RPCV community at large, and say some of the most comforting words in the English language, namely, “I know what you’re going through. I’ve been there.”
For NPCA member groups, this is also a great way to find and involve returning PCVs immediately with your group and to offer additional avenues to engage other RPCVs in your community.
How it works, in a nutshell
- Interested mentors and mentees apply by creating their online mentoring profile in www.rpcvmentoring.org.Â That profile includes not only basic contact information, but also allows individuals to prioritize their particular needs and/or strengths.
- NPCA staff review the applications and assign each individual to an NPCA member group based on their geographic location and/or country of service.
- Group mentoring administrators review the profiles of their assigned mentors and mentees and make appropriate matches.
In the 2007 pilot program (in Miami, Chicago and Portland, OR), the groups also hosted an orientation, communicated regularly with the mentors and mentees and involved them in their activities and programs.Â You can do the same.Â There are resource materials on the website to assist and we’ll be communicating regularly with groups as this program builds.
How your group can participate
All NPCA member groups are invited â€“ and encouraged! â€“ to participate.Â To get started, simply designate an administrator for the group.Â Send me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) their name and email and I’ll contact them directly with instructions.Â You can be off and running in just a few short minutes.