SEAPAX is a group of former Peace Corps volunteers dedicated to improving international understanding at all levels. We aim to fulfill the 3rd goal of the Peace Corps: Bringing the World Back Home. We draw on the lessons we have learned from living in the two-thirds world to promote increased understanding of the social, political and economic circumstances, as well as the global interdependence, of people worldwide.
The SEAPAX was founded in 1977 by returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in greater Seattle. Originally called RAVN, Returned Action Volunteers of the Northwest, it included both former Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers among its members. The group was renamed The Washington State Peace Corps Association in 1996, then renamed SEAPAX in 2007. We now have satellite groups in three other Puget Sound communities. Our group has been an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association since 1983.
To meet the 3rd Goal, we participate in a variety of activities, including:
- Global education efforts of local educational institutions, organizations, and the media
- Outreach to immigrant communities in Washington State
- Community service projects
- Participation in peace & justice venues on current events
- Recruitment of potential new Peace Corps Volunteers
- Involvement with other organizations with similar goals
Meetings & Events
We hold both business meetings and social gatherings throughout the year, along with periodic special events. Each month we schedule a general meeting with potluck dinner on a weekend, a mid-week evening gathering at a pub (may include some business) and an eats-out night at a local ethnic restaurant.
The present meeting schedule is:
- General meeting & potluck: 2nd Sunday
- Eats-out night: 3rd Friday
- Pub gathering: last Tuesday
SEAPAX traditionally holds a holiday party & potluck dinner in December, and a summer picnic at a local park. Guest are welcome at all our events, and invitations are often extended to international visitors and students. We also participate in regional meetings of RPCV groups and a regional summer campout, held in rotating locations.
Peace Corps Recruitment
SEAPAX assists the local Peace Corps office with recruiting efforts. We participate in outreach events across Western Washington, the annual Peace Corps Day held in March at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs (home of the Peace Corps Masters International Program) and in the annual May send-off party for new volunteers. We host the Peace Corps director and staff from the other Washington when they visit our area.
Since its inception, the SEAPAX has raised funds for a variety of international projects. Fundraising venues include annual sales of the ever-popular multicultural photo calendars produced by the Madison, WI RPCV group; sales of logo items; benefit dances; and craft sales. Through these efforts we have been able to assist projects of current Peace Corps volunteers, as well as work of organizations in former PC countries.
Our ongoing volunteer efforts also include support for domestic projects serving vulnerable populations. Group members frequently are involved with food drives, environmental projects, Habit for Humanity work parties, school programs, and more. For 2005-06 we are sponsoring an ongoing book drive on behalf of middle school in Slidell, LA which lost its entire library collection to Hurricane Katrina.
In collaboration with other local groups with focused on promoting peace and international understanding, we may sponsor speakers, seminars, and other cultural events. We also can provide speakers to schools and organizations. We are actively seeking participants for our Speakers Bureau.