With a focus on continued service at home, Atlanta Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (AARPCV) coordinates a community
service project in the Atlanta area every quarter. For the first project of the year on Saturday, March 24, thirteen
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers gathered at a warehouse on the outskirts of Atlanta to volunteer their time to the Global
Soap Project, an organization that “recovers discarded soap from hotels, reprocesses it into new bars & distributes
it to vulnerable populations throughout the world,” including orphans, disaster victims, prisoners, and refugees in
After an orientation introducing the group to the background of the project and the procedures
involved in the soap recycling process, volunteers gloved up and dived into the work. For the next several hours, everyone
shaved away at soap bars donated from hotels, cleaning them before reprocessing into new bars for distribution.
“I really enjoyed learning about the project and getting my hands dirty (or clean?) in the process!” said AARPCV
Vice President Jessica Otieno (Kenya, 2003-2005).
Several volunteers had just returned and were eager to continue serving and creating a positive impact, including
Leticia Davila (Honduras, 2010-2012). “I felt right at home volunteering amongst other RPCVs, especially since
I just returned from my service this February as a Health Advisor in Honduras.” Many of the recipient areas for
the finished soap product are also Peace Corps service countries, such as Cameroon, Ecuador, Honduras, and Kenya, which made
the project even more relevant and connected volunteers with their country of service.
For more information about AARPCV
and its social, service, and special events, please visit www.aarpcv.org