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The National Peace Corps Association invites you to join Jodi Hammer every week as she answers career questions from the audience while sharing relevant tips and resources. Episodes will feature special guests and panels to discuss specific job search topics, employers, and industries that frequently attract Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Also watch for occasional non-career special episodes and updates from NPCA. Send questions to careers@rpcv.org.

Global Reentry Presents: Jobs with Jodi National Peace Corps Association

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The National Peace Corps Association invites you to join Jodi Hammer every week as she answers career questions from the audience while sharing relevant tips and resources. Episodes will feature special guests and panels to discuss specific job search topics, employers, and industries that frequently attract Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Also watch for occasional non-career special episodes and updates from NPCA. Send questions to careers@rpcv.org.

    Women Leaders in Action: Jennifer Bangoura

    Women Leaders in Action: Jennifer Bangoura

    In this episode, Career Services Specialist Jodi Hammer interviews  Jennifer Bangoura (Mali, 2008-10), a passionate RPCV, educator, and mother, about her careers abroad in the fields of education, environment, tech, and career services.

    FEATURED GUEST: 
    Jennifer Bangoura has have nurtured a global community of leaders from Iraq to Morocco and from Mali to Malawi across industries from volunteering to the environment sector, international education, and edtech. I am passionate about lifting up, celebrating, and supporting entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. 

    As a certified career coach, she deeply cares about equitable recruiting, hiring, and helping job seekers discover ways to unlock the job search process. 

    Previously, she worked in international workforce development with over 60 career centers at public universities throughout Iraq and Morocco and connected with higher education administration and the private sector in Tunisia, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and throughout the GCC. 

    She firmly believe in helping others build their network and the power of social capital to lead to meaningful employment that makes a difference in people's lives and that of their families.


    PODCAST HOST: 
    Jodi Hammer is an RPCV (Ecuador, 1994–97), Job Coach, and host of the Global Reentry's Jobs with Jodi Podcast. In her role as Global Reentry Career Support Specialist with NPCA, she develops and delivers individual and group programming to foster Global Reentry's mission of providing career and transitional support to RPCVs worldwide.

    • 51 min
    RPCV Leaders in Action - Carla Brown

    RPCV Leaders in Action - Carla Brown

    In this episode, Career Services Specialist Jodi Hammer interviews RPCV Carla Brown (Comoro Islands, 1992–94) about her 25-year international career focused largely on international development, including specialized experience in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion arena (DEI).

    FEATURED GUEST: 
    Carla Brown  is a RPCV (Comoro Islands, 1992–94) and an accomplished senior manager with over 25 years of experience leading programs that assist poor and vulnerable populations internationally. She is proficient in portfolio management, operations management, program design, fundraising, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), strategy development and representation. Additionally, she has expertise in operationalizing strategic approaches that result in systemic change.  


    PODCAST HOST: 
    Jodi Hammer is an RPCV (Ecuador, 1994–97), Job Coach, and host of the Global Reentry's Jobs with Jodi Podcast. In her role as Global Reentry Career Support Specialist with NPCA, she develops and delivers individual and group programming to foster Global Reentry's mission of providing career and transitional support to RPCVs worldwide.

    • 46 min
    Spotlight: Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship

    Spotlight: Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship

    In this episode, Career Services Specialist Jodi Hammer chats with RPCV Laura Henderson (RPCV Togo), Director of the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship offered through the Congressional Hunger Center. 

    Laura shares more about this paid 2-year program which combines grassroots fieldwork in food security challenged countries with policy work at the headquarters level of an assigned counterpart agency, and why RPCVs are especially competitive. She also shares how to apply for this prestigious program.


    FEATURED GUESTS:
    Laura Henderson is an RPCV from Togo, and she is a passionate global advocate for social justice for all, poverty eradication, food security and education. She has worked for 20+ years in international development and is currently the Director of the Mickey Leland Fellowship program at the Congressional Hunger Center.


    She began her career working for two years as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) with US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Laura then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, where she introduced coffee and cocoa marketing techniques to farmers, greatly increasing their capacity, profits and overall food security.


    PODCAST HOST:
    Jodi Hammer is an RPCV (Ecuador, 1994–97), Job Coach, and host of the Global Reentry's Jobs with Jodi Podcast. In her role as Global Reentry Career Support Specialist with NPCA, she develops and delivers individual and group programming to foster Global Reentry's mission of providing career and transitional support to RPCVs worldwide.

    • 40 min
    RPCV Leaders in Action - Albert (Beto) Whitaker

    RPCV Leaders in Action - Albert (Beto) Whitaker

    In this episode, Career Services Specialist Jodi Hammer interviews Albert (Beto) Whitaker (Paraguay, 1979-81), a seasoned professional who has dedicated his 30-year career to advocating for the poor and marginalized, largely in the areas of healthcare equity and access for all.

    FEATURED GUEST: 
    Albert (Beto) Whitaker  is an advocate for the poor and marginalized. He has worked diligently with various local and national stakeholders in addressing social determinants, utilizing data to improve health outcomes, and promoting a national culture of health. Throughout his 30-year career Beto has heralded health equity and quality health care for all. 

    Currently, Beto serves as Community Impact Director Rhode Island and Northern New England with the American Heart Association. He is also actively engaged with projects that demonstrate both the importance and efficacy of clinical and community linkages. 

    Beto is a voting member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (NECEPAC) of the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). He serves on the Committee on Ministry of the MA Conference of the United Church of Christ. Additionally, Rev Whitaker serves as the Senior Pastor at St. Mark Congregational Church in Boston. 

    He holds a master’s degree in Urban Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a master’s in Public Health. Beto served in Paraguay from 1979 – 1981.


    PODCAST HOST: 
    Jodi Hammer is an RPCV (Ecuador, 1994–97), Job Coach, and host of the Global Reentry's Jobs with Jodi Podcast. In her role as Global Reentry Career Support Specialist with NPCA, she develops and delivers individual and group programming to foster Global Reentry's mission of providing career and transitional support to RPCVs worldwide.

    • 34 min
    A Conversation w/ RPCV Steve Driehaus: From Peace Corps to Member of Congress to International Development Professional

    A Conversation w/ RPCV Steve Driehaus: From Peace Corps to Member of Congress to International Development Professional

    This RPCV Leaders in Action episode of the Jobs with Jodi podcast features a conversation with returned volunteer Steve Driehaus about his unique career spanning years as a public servant--representing Ohio at both at the state level and then in Congress--and serving as a Country Director for Peace Corps in Morocco and Eswatini (Swaziland).  Don't miss this inspirational conversation.
     
    FEATURED GUEST: 
    Steve Driehaus is Resident Senior Director in Iraq for the National
    Democratic Institute (NDI). In this position, he manages a staff of sixteen
    Iraqi and third country nationals who design and implement programming
    to strengthen Iraq’s democracy. The focus of NDI’s work in Iraq centers on
    strengthening political parties, professionalizing the offices and staff of
    Members of Parliament, empowering women and youth to engage in the
    political process, and monitoring to ensure fair and impartial elections.

    Prior to joining NDI, Steve was President and Managing Partner at Good
    Government Group, LLC. G3 is a consulting firm that focuses on the intersection of public policy, community engagement and economic development. Steve also served as the Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass, a regional initiative advocating on behalf of immigrants that celebrates the cultural and economic contributions being made by first generation Americans living in Greater Cincinnati. 

    Previously Steve served as Country Director for the United States Peace Corps in Morocco where he led 150 Volunteers focused on the development of Morocco’s youth population. His efforts included partnerships with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as expansion into Morocco’s smaller, rural communities. Prior to Morocco, Steve served four and a half years as the Country Director for Peace Corps Swaziland where he led two projects concentrating on Community Health and Youth Development in an effort to combat Swaziland’s HIV/AIDS pandemic. 

    Steve is a former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, serving from 2009 until 2011. In Congress, he was a member of the Financial Services Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to his election to Congress, he served eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives, and was elected Minority Whip from 2005-2008. 

    Driehaus studied Political Science and Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs at Miami University earning a B.A. in 1988. After graduation, he joined the United States Peace Corps in Senegal serving as an Environmental Education Volunteer where he worked with village groups and local schools to promote sustainable environmental practices. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from Indiana University where he studied Public Finance and Comparative International Affairs. After his graduate studies, Driehaus worked as Associate Director of the Center for International Education and Development Assistance at Indiana University. While serving in this role, he coordinated the South African Internship Program, sponsored by the United States Information Agency, which became the largest professional exchange program between the United States and post-Apartheid South Africa.

    PODCAST HOST: 
    Jodi Hammer is an RPCV (Ecuador, 1994–97), Job Coach, and host of the Global Reentry's Jobs with Jodi Podcast. In her role as Global Reentry Career Support Specialist with NPCA, she develops and delivers individual and group programming to foster Global Reentry's mission of providing career and transitional support to RPCVs worldwide.

    • 51 min
    State Department’s English Language Fellow Program: Peacebuilding through Teaching ESL

    State Department’s English Language Fellow Program: Peacebuilding through Teaching ESL

    This Jobs with Jodi Podcast episode explores the peace-building initiative of the State Department's English Language Fellow Program. 
    Career Services Specialist Jodi Hammer chats with  Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Shannon, and RPCV  Robbieana Leung (Philippines 2016-18), who tell us about their commitment to peace-building through ESL. They offer insight into another way for RPCVs to maintain their dedication to peace-building across cultures. 

    FEATURED GUESTS: 
    Andrew Shannon is a member of the Outreach team at Georgetown University for the U.S. Department of State English Language Programs. He has worked in the field of English language education for 15 years as a teacher, trainer, and coordinator. Andrew’s interests include Russian language and development in post-Soviet states. He was an English Language Fellow in Kyrgyzstan in 2014-2016 before moving to Kazakhstan where he taught high-school English for 3 years. Andrew entered the field of education as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program and then taught in North Carolina public schools as an ESL teacher prior to his English Language Fellowship. He currently works closely to support the new Virtual English Language Educator Program.

    Robbieana Leung  flew before she could walk. At one month old, her first plane ride foretold a life that would span the globe. Growing up on three continents, she developed a love of people, cultural exchange, and service learning, which inspired her teaching career in 2010. 
    With an MA in Conflict Studies & Human Rights and BA in International Studies & Intercultural Communication, she has taught English learners and teachers in Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Hawaii, the Philippines and Algeria. According to the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and Semester at Sea Alumna, to be an ESL teacher is to be a peacebuilder – and students learn best when having fun! In class, she engages minds and hearts by providing opportunities for students to learn from the world around them.
    As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she led her students in developing libraries and publishing a Bisaya-English children’s book, “Moalboal Tales: Stories for Dreamers / Sugilanong Moalboalanon: Mga Istorya Alang Sa Mga Ngandoy.” She also implemented a Global English program on two voyages with Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO that promotes the Sustainable Development Goals. 
    In 2021, Robbieana joined the English Language Programs as a Virtual Fellow, where she taught Algerians learners and promoted cultural understanding. In September 2022, she looks forward to teaching in Thailand as an in-country Fellow!
     
    PODCAST HOST: 
    Jodi Hammer is an RPCV (Ecuador, 1994–97), Job Coach, and host of the Global Reentry's Jobs with Jodi Podcast. In her role as Global Reentry Career Support Specialist with NPCA, she develops and delivers individual and group programming to foster Global Reentry's mission of providing career and transitional support to RPCVs worldwide.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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Cedar Spring Wolf ,

Much needed info!

I wish there were more resources for RPCVs. Kudos to Jodi for stepping up for everyone!

senor_dan ,

Jodi Hammer is the go-to authority on RPCV employment!

Jodi is a natural podcast host and selects great guests who truly care about RPCVs and getting them employed in meaningful careers. Definitely worth listening to this each week if you are in a career transition and looking for inspiration.

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