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Description:This is the second in a series of images, PHIL 16989 through 17013, depicting a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC) exhibit entitled, “Bringing the World Home: CDC’s Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Celebrate Peace Corps Week 02/23/14 – 03/01/14”. This statuette was provided by RPCV, Rachel Johnson, whose stint in South Africa spanned 2006 through 2008. The figurine is used in the courtship rituals performed by members of the Southern African tribe known as the Ndebele, and consists of a suitor placing the figurine on his intended mate's doorstep, as a proposal of marriage. The Southern Ndebele tribe, also referred to as the Southern Transvaal Ndebele, is among the smallest tribes in Southern Africa.
In honor of Peace Corps Week, from February 23rd-March 1st 2014 the Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC) hosted a display of artifacts from some of the over 200 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are now employed at the CDC. The exhibit was supported by the CDC/ATSDR Peace Corps Work Group (proposed), and was designed to support the Third Goal of the Peace Corps, which strives to bring the culture of countries served back home to the United States.

If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer or Staff, and would like to be added to the CDC/ATSDR Peace Corps Work Group (proposed), please send an email to

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Rachel Johnson; Victoria Burchfield; MLIS
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:Victoria Burchfield; MLIS
Links:CDC – Global Health; Global Health - Jobs Overseas; Peace Corps Is Common Path to CDC Career
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