Peace Corps volunteer’s tips on getting into Peace Corps

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On Ian Walker’s second attempt at applying to Peace Corps, he was nervous and unsure he would get in. The Sheridan, Ill., native knew the process was competitive, but volunteering was his dream and he couldn’t give up after one try.

It’s good he didn’t. Walker was invited to serve in Peace Corps Zambia and departed on Feb. 8 to begin training as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer.

“I re-applied to Peace Corps because I really wanted to participate in it. I did not think I was rejected for reasons that I could not change, I thought it was simply I did not have enough experience,” Walker said. “I probably would have continued to re-apply had I not been accepted the second time.” Continue reading “Peace Corps volunteer’s tips on getting into Peace Corps”

College sweethearts depart for Peace Corps Zambia

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Madeline Haupert and Chaz Parker-Alof met as students at the University of San Francisco in an environmental studies class their sophomore year. Throughout the years, their relationship blossomed through the highs and lows of any college relationship. But on Feb. 8 Madeline will face one of the biggest challenges of her life: departing for Peace Corps Zambia with her boyfriend Chaz.

“Serving as a couple in the Peace Corps will likely bring both incredible building experiences as well as a multitude of hardships,” said Madeline. “I feel as though Chaz and I will benefit from having one another to process things with and I look forward to growing as a couple through shared experiences and then bringing those experiences back to the U.S. after service. Having undergone our service together, I suspect we will understand one another on a deeper level.” Continue reading “College sweethearts depart for Peace Corps Zambia”

Marshallville, Ohio native begins Peace Corps service in Zambia

mcendreJeff McEndree, 25, of Marshallville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia on Feb. 8 to begin training as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer. McEndree will live at the community level to build and manage fish ponds to increase production and income. He will also train farmers on site selection processes, pond construction and harvesting and management practices. He will also assist farmers on marketing, record keeping and planning skills to better run their businesses.

“When I received my invitation, it kind of just blew me away,” McEndree said. “I was extremely excited. I think I re-read the invitation email three or four times to confirm I was actually invited. It was an incredible experience.” Continue reading “Marshallville, Ohio native begins Peace Corps service in Zambia”

Petersburg, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Zambia

Whitney Woelmer spends time with her family before departing for the Peace Corps. From the back row left to right: Seattle Mero, Toot Woelmer. Front row left to right: Skyler Mero, Peace Corps volunteer Whitney Woelmer, Brooklyn Woelmer.
Whitney Woelmer spends time with her family before departing for the Peace Corps. From the back row left to right: Seattle Mero, Toot Woelmer. Front row left to right: Skyler Mero, Peace Corps volunteer Whitney Woelmer, Brooklyn Woelmer.

Whitney Woelmer, 24, of Petersburg, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia on Feb. 8 to begin training as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer. Woelmer will work at the community level to build and manage fish ponds to increase production and income. She will also train farmers on site selection processes, pond construction and harvesting and management practices. She will also assist farmers on their business skills, instructing them on marketing, record keeping and planning skills to better run their businesses.

“I got my invitation on the eve of my birthday,” said Woelmer. “It felt like, and still does feel like, some of the most life-changing news I’ve ever received.” Continue reading “Petersburg, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Zambia”

St. Charles, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania

Dennis Sheehan hikes with his family in Arizona. From left to right: Collen Sheehan, his aunt Pat, Peace Corps volunteer Dennis Sheehan and his uncle Pat.
Dennis Sheehan hikes with his family in Arizona. From left to right: Collen Sheehan, his aunt Pat, Peace Corps volunteer Dennis Sheehan and his uncle Pat.

Dennis Sheehan, 22, of St. Charles, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tanzania on Feb. 7 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Sheehan will work at the community level to promote agricultural practices, raise awareness on environmental conservation practices and assist farmers on how to effectively manage their natural resources. He will also train farmers to use agricultural techniques that will improve overall crop production and encourage community members to establish vegetable gardens.

“With having recently graduated from college, I was very confused with the direction of my life,” said Sheehan. “My invitation to serve in the Peace Corps really was a beacon that encouraged and excited me.” Continue reading “St. Charles, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania”

Southgate, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania

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Clayton Batko, 22, of Southgate, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tanzania on Feb. 7 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Batko will work at the community level to promote agricultural practices, raise awareness on environmental conservation practices and assist farmers on how to effectively manage their natural resources. He will also train farmers to use agricultural techniques that will improve overall crop production and encourage community members to establish vegetable gardens.

“The Peace Corps had always been a dream of mine ever since I learned about it in American history in high school,” said Batko. “I hoped to join after college and make a real difference abroad. It was a dream come true getting accepted into the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Southgate, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania”

Peace Corps leads volunteer to Foreign Service

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Jerica Ward (left) served as an education volunteer in the Philippines from 2009-11. Her work abroad sparked her interest in international service, leading her to join the Foreign Service in fall of 2016.

Peace Corps prepared Jerica Ward for her career in international service – so much so, that she will enter the Foreign Service in the fall of this year to begin her work as a U.S. diplomat. But when serving as an education volunteer in the Philippines, from 2009-11, Ward was only just beginning to understand her passion for international service, the work it entails and the challenges she would face.

“In August 2009, I became the first person in my family to go overseas,” Ward said. “Throughout my tenure as a Peace Corps education volunteer, I worked with various USAID projects, a United Nations HIV/AIDS initiative, taught in high schools, universities, out-of-school youth programs, and became fluent in Tagalog. Through this work, I learned that I was skilled in project development.”

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