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First Annual Albuquerque Couch Crash

First Annual Albuquerque Couch Crash!

Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 7, 2012


Coinciding with the first weekend of the 2012 Albuquerque International Baloon Fiesta, Couchsurfing Albuquerque will sponsor a Couch Crash! Couchsurfing is a diverse network of over 3.6 million individuals from all over the world who are active travelers dedicated to building goodwill through shared travel.  Couchsurfers embrace cultural differences, open their homes to new friends, and encourage others to pay it forward. 

A Couch Crash is an opportunity for a local Couchsurfing group to showcase their city to 'surfers' from around the world.  What better way to start building a global community than through entertaining events that check out local sights and prompt visitors to spread the word of your city's energy.  We quickly come to realize that we share more similarities than differences.  That welcoming spirit is what the Couchsurfing community is about.  

Youth are invited to participate in two Couchsurfing events!
On Friday, October 5 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Facility (2500 Louisiana Blvd NE, ste 200), there will be a poster-making session for the "free hugs"  event the next morning at the Mass Ascension of hot air balloons at Balloon Fiesta Field.

On Sunday, October 7 from 10:30am - 12 noon at Roosevelt Park (Sycamore & Lead in Albuquerque), Couchsurfers and interested youth will be making hula hoops to keep!  This event -- which will also include brunch and games -- will be sponsored by local businesses, and proceeds will raise money for PeacePal and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Albuquerque.  

For more information, please visit:

PeacePal Featured in Albuquerque Journal!

Project PeacePal's student exchanges between New Mexico and Afghanistan were featured in the Albuquerque Journal's Living section on Sunday, July 22, 2012.  Read the Journal article about our exciting programs in Afghanistan, including the start of a new school in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, by clicking: 





Green Village Schools' Advanced Education Center

Last week Dr. Robert Fuselier of the Afghan Sister Village Project (ASVP) in Los Alamos and PeacePal staff member Blake Batten returned from Afghanistan after visiting Green Village Schools' Advanced Education Center in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. ASVP and PeacePal have been supporting the work of Green Village Schools (GVS) in Helmand, where over the past year the Advanced Education Center provided English and computer/internet education to 250 local girls, boys, and teachers. Students at the center also participated in an internet correspondence program with Los Alamos High School students, promoting mutual understanding across cultures that are seemingly so different. Dr. Fuselier and Blake attended the graduation ceremonies and met with local officials and community members. 


Peace Builders 2012 and Beyond

The NM Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission is proudly hosting the 15th Annual Yout Conference,  “Peace Builders 2012 and Beyond”. 
The conference begins Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 9am.  The Dinner/Talent show will begin Friday night at 6pm with the City of Albuquerque Mayor, Richard J. Berry. The Conference will be filled with fun, exciting and educational workshops, including a workshop with Project PeacePal's Executive Director Sarah Wilkinson, plus a trip to the Veteran’s Memorial.   
A Lunch Banquet on Saturday, June 9th will host keynote speaker Bruce George, Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning "Russell Simmons's Def Poetry Jam.”  
Registration forms are due by June 1st.  You may email forms to , fax to (505) 841-9119, or mail to 8100 Mountain Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 . 


Tel: 505.222.6466
Fax: 505.841.9119

NM 2012 Summer Challenge

Project PeacePal/Summer Challenge Youth Volunteer Program
Through a partnership between the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger (Collaboration), Dairy Max, and Project PeacePal, youth have an opportunity to participate in the Summer Challenge Youth Volunteer Program. This volunteer opportunity gives youth hands-on experience working in a community to help decrease child hunger. The Summer Challenge Program runs from June 4th through August 3rd and helps to increase families’ awareness of summer meal sites. The Summer Challenge Program includes promoting summer meals throughout a community, weekly raffles for prizes available to children, and weekly physical activity and nutrition education activities. Youth can volunteer to participate in programs located in Moriarty, Los Lunas, Belen, Albuquerque, or Las Cruces.  For more information click here


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