ABOUT THIS WEBPAGE

The main purpose of this webpage is to gather information and make it available to those looking for Peace Corps groups and its projects. This one is especially dedicated the to the first Peace Corps Project to Brazil, organized by the National 4-H Clubs Center in Chevy Chase, MD, from January 1962 to December 1963.

Since 1982 we have celebrated many group reunions around the the United States and Puerto Rico: twice at the National 4-H Clubs Center in Washington, D.C.; Bozeman, Montana, Auburn, Alabama; Valle Crucis, North Carolina, Colorado and New Jersey. Our most recent reunion was held at the National 4-H Clubs Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland to commemorate our fiftieth anniversary along with the Peace Corps Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC., September 2011.

ABOUT BRAZIL I 4-H PEACE CORPS PROJECT

This was the first Peace Corps Project serving in Brazil from January 2, 1962 to December 31, 1963 including the training phases in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Brazil. The information in this site is provided as a historical record of the activities and reunions of this group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs).

Here are highlighted our two reunions held in Puerto Rico, the first in Camp Crozier, Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1987 to commemorate our 25th anniversary and the other one in Aguadilla (at the former Ramey Air Force Base), Puerto Rico in 2007 to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary.

We also including other activities held by the Peace Corps.

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This photograph was taken at our twentieth anniversary reunion held at the National 4-H Center, Bethesda, Maryland in 1982. Many members of the group were not present at the reunion.

THE PROJECT

Frances Weddell and a 4-S Club Member Juan E. Rosario and a 4-S Club Member Gerald Rutland and a 4-S Club Member

A Peace Corps experience is something to be remembered. The volunteers in the original Brazil 4-S project felt this was particularly true of their experience. They were the pioneer group in Brazil, blazing a trail for others to follow, and setting standards of performance for others to emulate.

They reached out into the interior of Brazil, exposing many rural people to the first Americans they had ever seen. They helped to introduce a significant education program, 4-S Club work into many rural communities. They have shared the fun and laughter, the sweat and toil, the hopes and dreams, and the sorrows and fears of many new found friends across this infinite country. Brazil will always be their second home!

They have had their share of problems and satisfactions. The joy of success and the struggle of adversity has drawn them together, fostering a spirit of friendship, loyalty and esprit de corps.

These things are are worth remembering. The Brazil I 4-S Peace Corps project provided the first opportunity for the U. S. 4-H Club Movement to actively assist with the development of a counterpart rural youth movement abroad. The National 4-H Foundation has been pleased to share in this effort with the volunteers and the Peace Corps. It has been a source of great satisfaction to follow the successful efforts of this group.

We commend the work of the Brazil I volunteers.

Warren Schmidt, Coordinator

4-H Peace Corps Projects

National 4-H Club Foundation

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Source: Brazil I: Picture Book, printed by Associação Brasileira de Crédito e Assistência Rural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 1964

THE PROJECT: A BRIEF DESCRIPTION

We are getting close to our 50th Anniversary even thou we are about four years away, but the time passes very fast and we should be prepare to plan our reunion activities. The Peace Corps 50th Anniversary is in 2011 and our in 2012.

Brazil I-Washington, D.C.There is a chance our group – Brazil I and MOBs will meet at the 4-H Club Center in Washington, DC, some time in 2011 o 2012. Let make it happen.

The training began on January 2, 1962 at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C. It took from four to six weeks to provide the first phase of the training which included many subjects: leadership, agriculture and home economics, history and culture of Brazil, Portuguese language and others. The had the opportunity to visit the Capitol Building invited by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The second phase took place at the Peace Corps Training Center in the mountains of Puerto Rico. There the group continue with their training in Portuguese language, physical conditioning, survival skills and emotional control. Also an internship at the local Agriculture Extension Service offices was provided to get a feel of the type of service the volunteers will encounter in Brazil.

The last phase took place mostly at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro from April to June.