RHoK June 1-2 Featured Problem Set
An "around me," but for people to find Peace Corps events and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and in the area.
Peace Corps' best assets are our former Volunteers, or as we call them, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. They have the ability to share their own unique experience and connect with the public on a very personal level. They are not only our best advocates, but also our best recruiters. We encourage our volunteers to share their stories with as many people as possible, but it remains a challenge for the public to find Peace Corps events in their neighborhood or a returned Peace Corps Volunteer in their area to discuss the difficult decision of committing to 27 months of service in a foreign country.
The app would connect interested Americans with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in their surrounding area and allow people to find events that are happening around them. It would use GPS and be smart phone based. People would be able to find people to chat with in their area or know when the next Peace Corps event is in their area.
A feature-lite calendaring/meet-up app that could operate on a similar basis to Whatsapp would greatly assist resource-poor groups seeking to organize and meet.
Access to communication is one of the largest challenges to development that Swaziland citizens encounter as they try to mobilize and schedule meetings. If a meeting is scheduled but later changed or canceled, the original participants don't know because the organizers lacked funds to notify everyone. When this happens everyone loses precious time and becomes frustrated. A feature-lite calendaring software that could operate on a similar basis to Whatsapp could go a long way for assisting groups seeking to organize and meet.
An app to inform people of valuable information ranging from food, deals, to safety and crime when they are close to that area which others have discovered
Often volunteers aren’t too sure of where other volunteers have discovered amazing food items, good deals, or where volunteers or people have been victimized and the information is never well utilized. If there were some way for the information discovered by people who have discovered information on that area to be automatically sent to other people visiting the area, a more well-informed public can access easy discovery.
I am developing composting latrines in the Peruvian Andes however the climate is too cold for the composting process to take place.
I am working with the Peruvian National Park Office. They have built composting latrines however they do not work as the human waste cannot actually compost. The climate is too cold for the composting process to take place. I am attempting to develop some sort of composting greenhouse to allow the material to reach an adequate temperature to A) compost and B) eliminate all pathogens found within the waste. Would this work?
Develop an application so Volunteers can request replenishment of their Peace Corps medical supplies through cell phone text-messages and an online web-form.
Peace Corps Volunteers are widely dispersed in the countries where they serve. However, Peace Corps’ medical supplies are often located at the post headquarters which can be over a day’s travel for many Volunteers. When Volunteers use the medical supplies that have been provided by Peace Corps they need a way to request replenishment of their supplies so the medical staff can send them out with the next quarterly replenishment schedule. Currently Peace Corps medical staff commented that Volunteer requests come in through various means (email, text, call, walk-ins, etc.). It requires a significant amount of their time to manage these requests that come in various forms and they don’t have a centralized way to manage them. Having your help to create an application that can be used with text-messages and through an online web form would help each Peace Corps country’s medical staff to: easily coordinate order requests, inventory tracking, and prepare quarterly distribution of medical supplies. It would help reduce the administrative and time burden on medical staff and allow for Volunteers to order their NPMS supplies in a more efficient manner.