Speakers Match

The Speakers Match program is at the heart of fulfilling the Peace Corps' Third Goal—to increase Americans' understanding of other peoples and cultures.

How it works

After registering with Speakers Match, we will provide you with contact information for participating returned Peace Corps Volunteers in your area. Then, you can contact a returned Volunteer directly and request a speaking session. There is no fee to participate.

Benefits

Returned Volunteers carry a wealth of stories, experiences, and life lessons from their time living and working abroad. The Speakers Match program allows Americans to experience different countries, cultures, and traditions through the eyes of a Peace Corps Volunteer living and working with locals in their country of service. 

Returned Volunteers involved in the Speakers Match program open the eyes of your audience to customs, beliefs, and adventures many have never imagined. They may even serve as inspiration for future Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Prepare for a visit

Please be sure to read our Speakers Match Handbook prior to the returned Peace Corps Volunteer’s visit. It includes tips and suggestions for planning a successful visit. World Wise Schools offers many resources that can enrich your students’ cross-cultural awareness and communications skills either before or after a returned Peace Corps Volunteer’s visit.

I am so happy that Deborah came to the class. She is a dynamic and effective speaker. She came prepared with videos and slideshows and showed an innate ability to speak with and engage my admittedly reluctant audience. I can't wait to hopefully have her come again.

- Brian Episcopo, high school teacher, Texas



Returned Volunteers: How to enroll

  1. Create an account in the RPCV Portal and request an invitation code
  2. Check your email for your invitation code.
  3. Enter the invitation code in the RPCV Portal
  4. Update your contact information under the “Profile" section.
  5. Under the "Speakers Match" section, update the “Preferences” section for speaking opportunities by checking the corresponding boxes.
  6. Once your preferences are updated, click the red “Submit” button at the bottom left of the page.

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Speakers Match Preferences
In the meantime, you can prepare to share your country of service to promote Peace Corps’ Third Goal. You can also reach out to schools, educational organizations, community groups, or any interested group to see if they would like to host an intercultural speaker. If you find your own speaking opportunity let us know about it and you will receive free Peace Corps promotional materials.

Your participation in Speakers Match is critical to achieving the Third Goal in classrooms and organizations across the country.