Espirit de Corps: Peace Corps Parties at Rusty Nail

Tonight (7.23), the Louisiana Peace Corps Association (LPCA) is hosting the inaugural Louisiana Peace Corp Festival at The Rusty Nail. The event aims to share the stories of returned Peace Corp members as well as educate the community about the work that the organization is doing and will feature panels, raffles, photo presentations and more.
24 July, 2015

Tonight (7.23), the Louisiana Peace Corps Association (LPCA) is hosting the inaugural Louisiana Peace Corp Festival at The Rusty Nail. The event aims to share the stories of returned Peace Corp members as well as educate the community about the work that the organization is doing and will feature panels, raffles, photo presentations and more. 

Ryan Tascar, president of the LPCA and returned Peace Corps volunteer, said the event will be a great way to meet people and hear interesting stories about their experiences abroad. 

“One of the main goals of our organization and of the Peace Corp in general, is to spread the word when we get back and share our experiences with everybody,” Tascar explained. “We’re hosting this event to celebrate everything Peace Corp and share our stories with the community.”

The event is open to returned Peace Corps volunteers as well as those who are interested in becoming a volunteer or just learning more. There will be twelve presenters as well as a panel for Q&A.

One of the members of the panel is David Wessel. In 1962, Wessel became one of the first New Orleanians to enter the Peace Corp. 

“[Wessel and I] went down to a conference in Nashville together and we had the chance to sit down in the car for a couple hours on the way. From a volunteers standpoint, it’s cool seeing all the crazy differences from what happened back then and what the Peace Corps is like now,” Tascar said. “They used to do paramilitary training and survival skills training before they went to the Peace Corp. Now, you might have internet at your apartment. So, he has really great stories to tell. He’s a very interesting character as well.”

The fest will also have a food truck and raffle prizes. Proceeds from the raffle and drinks will support the LPCA Small Grant Fund. 

Tascar, who served on an archipelago off the west coast of Africa, said that those who are curious about the Peace Corps should really come out to learn more.

“We bring the international experience to the table. So, for people that are curious about traveling overseas or hearing stories from a different perspective, I feel like we have a lot to offer,” he said. “We really love to share our stories with people and it’ll be a really good time.”

The fun begins at 6p.m.

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