Welcome

to the Oak Park Council on International Affairs

 
 

The Council was founded in the 1930s to study world cultures and problems. In 1964 its members voted to participate in the newly formed School-to-School Peace Corps Partnership Program, and over the years, the Council has participated in the funding of over 450 Peace Corps-assisted schools around the world. As a community, Oak Park is a leader in the number of completed Partnership projects.

Peace Corps Partnership projects are initiated, planned, and directed by citizens of the local community in countries around the world (currently 77) that have requested assistance. The projects receive at least 25% of the total project cost from the local community, as well as all land, labor, and locally available materials. A successful school project can energize a whole community, sparking other efforts to improve village life.

Partnership projects are monitored by Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work in the community. The Volunteers submit project descriptions and requests for funding to the Oak Park Council on International Affairs, whose Board of Directors (composed entirely of unpaid volunteers) selects those that will be funded in a given year.

During 2011, by way of illustration, we supported “Eco-Classrooms” in Guatemala; a Youth Arts and Resource Center in Cambodia; English language books for Children in Rwanda; an Interactive Media Center in the Ukraine; a High School Library in Cameroon; and Books for Rural Libraries in Swaziland.

For its funding, the Council relies on the generosity and continuing support of the Oak Park/River Forest community. Our major source of funding is our annual fall dinner. We also welcome donations from individuals and organizations. The Council is committed to the expenditure of all funds in the year in which they are raised.

 
Panama 2003 - building a school

About Us

The purpose of the Oak Park Council on International Affairs is to promote international understanding through education.

We help fund Peace Corps Volunteer projects through the United States Peace Corps, promote Volunteer communication with educators and students, and engage our community in the process.

Albania 2007 - new library shelving
Paraguay, South America 2008 - computers for kids
Napal Bhgawati 1996 - Secondary School Renovation
Albania 2007 - new library shelving
Napal Bhgawati 1996 - Secondary School Renovation
Indinda, Tanzania 2009 - a school built for students

From this

To this

With our help...

Past Projects

celebrating the 50th year of the

Peace Corps Partnership Program

 

Donations are warmly welcome.

Please mail your check (payable to Oak Park Council on International Affairs or OPCIA)
along with your name, address, and email to:

Treasurer
Oak Park Council on International Affairs
217 Wesley Ave.
Oak Park, IL  60302

 

For more information, please email to the following address:

oakparkcouncil@gmail.com

The Oak Park Council on International Affairs is an IRS listed 501(c)(3) charity and
contributions may be tax deductible.


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