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Every five years Friends of the Dominican Republic, Fondo Quisqueya and Peace Corps Dominican Republic try to host a reunion in Santo Domingo. Former Volunteers mix with currently serving Volunteers and staff to socialize, learn about current Peace Corps work, and enjoy Dominican music, food and culture. The first reunion was held in 1987 through the outstanding effort of Mila Brooks, the Country Director at the time. The positive energy of the first reunion ultimately led to the formation of Fondo Quisqueya and Friends of the Dominican Republic. More recent reunions were held in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012. Due to problems beyond the control of Friends of the Dominican Republic and Fondo Quisqueya, no reunion was held in 2017. The next opportunity for a reunion is 2022. Please watch this space for future information about the next reunion.


50th Anniversary Reunion

The 2012 reunion marked half a century of Peace Corps work in the Dominican Republic. It was an opportunity to 
Remember your Peace Corps service
Reconnect with volunteers you served with and the community of which you were a part
Experience Peace Corps today; meet current volunteers and learn about what they are doing to support communities in the DR
Live the life of a Peace Corps Volunteer once again with pre- and post-conference excursions
Recommit to helping the Dominican Republic by supporting the work of Peace Corps Volunteers. 

In early February, hundreds of current and former volunteers and staff participated in a three day conference and commemorated 50 years of Peace Corps work in the Dominican Republic. Events included speakers, break-out sessions, artisan fair, embassy reception and social activities. Topics included improving education in Latin America, Dominican-Hatian relations, enduring legacy of Peace Corps work, and current Peace Corps work. Volunteers spoke about their program sectors, national initiatives, youth groups and interest groups while former volunteers shared how times have changed. Dominican historian Frank Moya Pons discussed the role of Peace Corps Volunteers after Trujillo. Aaron Williams, then US Peace Corps Director and former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, spoke about the future of Peace Corps worldwide. 

Some participants opted to take in a post conference excursions. Each involved seeing the work of a current volunteer and included, among others:
- 27 Waterfalls National Park in the North
- Laguna de Oviedo y los Flamingos in the Southwest
- Ruta de Chocolate in the East
- Whale watching in Samaná Bay
- Jewelry making with a women's group in Bayahibe

For more information about the 50th Anniversary Reunion, please see pages 29 through 37 of the Historical Summary of the First 20 Years of Friends of the Dominican Republic available on the About/History page of this site.


50th Anniversary Links

​La Playita, Las Galeras

Whale watching

Cascada El Limon