Peace Corps and Maharishi University of Management Announce New Master’s International Program

[FAIRFIELD, Iowa] – The Peace Corps and Maharishi University of Management are launching a new graduate school partnership through the Master’s International program that will offer students the opportunity to integrate Peace Corps service abroad with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Living.

The Master’s in Sustainable Living degree enables graduates to implement community-wide systems and practices for deep sustainability. During their first year, students will spend half of their time in the classroom and the other half applying what they’ve learned on real-world sustainability projects in Fairfield. Then, students will begin 27 months of Peace Corps service and will work on academic projects as part of their graduate degree. When they return to the U.S., they will complete their degree requirements by writing up their experience from a sustainable living perspective.

“We are delighted to partner with Maharishi University of Management to give students the opportunity to incorporate Peace Corps service into their graduate studies,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Peace Corps volunteers develop cross-cultural, leadership, and language skills during their service that – in combination with a graduate degree – make them extremely competitive candidates in today’s global job market.”

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Peace Corps and Iowa State University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program

Ames, IA, – The Peace Corps and Iowa State University today announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for a career in international development.

Iowa State students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning fall 2015.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Iowa State University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading

Beloit grad begins Peace Corps service in Cambodia

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Kendra Wagner, 24, of Monroe, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as a community health education volunteer. Wagner will live and work at the community level as an educator, community mobilizer and trainer in a rural health center. She will assist with chronic disease care, maternal and child care, birth spacing advice, immunization, and emergency first aid.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted the opportunity to put my public health education to work, gain some international experience, learn another language and culture, and to truly integrate into another culture and country,” Wagner said. Continue reading

St. Olaf grad completes Peace Corps service in Senegal

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After two years of making a difference on sustainable health projects in Senegal, Kathleen Curtis, of Morris, Minn., has completed her Peace Corps service and returned to the U.S.

Curtis, 25, returned in April after serving as a preventative health volunteer in the West African nation since 2013, focusing on combating child malnutrition through education and screenings. With two other volunteers, she toured four villages on a campaign to promote handwashing and prevent the spread of Ebola. Additionally, she taught English at an elementary school, wrote a grant to build a new classroom for the school, helped organize a marathon to raise money for the scholarships and worked on a leadership camp for girls and their fathers. Continue reading

Peace Corps and Walsh University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps and Walsh University are proud to announce a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for a career in international development through Peace Corps’ Preparatory Program.

Walsh University students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in the spring of 2016.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Walsh University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading

Kentucky native hopes to become effective leader as Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia

Christy Eubank with her parents, Johnny and Sherree Eubank.

Christy Eubank with her parents, Johnny and Sherree Eubank.

Christy Eubank, 25, of Gamaliel, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as an English teacher and teacher trainer volunteer.  Eubank will live and work at the community level co-teaching basic and intermediate English. She will also lead extracurricular activities to enhance language learning.

“Joining the Peace Corps is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” Eubank said. “I love to travel and I have a lot of interest in learning about other cultures.” Continue reading

Chicagoland resident will learn about his Cambodian heritage as Peace Corps volunteer

Brian Wells, right, pictured with his brother and sister, Robert and Sarah Wells.

Brian Wells, right, pictured with his brother and sister, Robert and Sarah Wells.

Brian Wells, 25, of Aurora, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as a community health education volunteer. Wells will live and work at the community level to provide health education through one-on-one interactions at community health centers, community outreach and home visits. He will also train on health topics, such as nutrition, maternal and child health, sanitation, hygiene, family planning and non-communicable diseases.

“My initial reason for joining Peace Corps was to have the opportunity to experience a different culture. I had traveled before, but never felt like I had the time to really connect,” Wells said. “I felt like being able to stay 27 months would give me that opportunity. I was attracted to the cultural exchange aspect. Living in a bi-racial family I’ve seen the enrichment it has provided in my life. So I am always excited to go out and learn about other people, and teach people about myself.” Continue reading