Illinois State University Campus Recruiter Overcomes Adversities to Serve in the Peace Corps

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Joining the Peace Corps wasn’t the easiest decision Vanessa Soto ever made, but it was the right one.

After emigrating to the U.S. from Mexico and forging a new life for their family, Soto’s parents wanted more for their children. Passing up a salary job after graduation to travel the world did not seem like the most lucrative option to her family.

But they were wrong.

“It felt like my family had taken a step forward and I would be taking two steps back,” Soto said. “But after explaining the benefits of serving: gaining experience and the opportunity to see a part of the world that is mostly unknown to my local community – they started to accept that it was my calling.” Continue reading “Illinois State University Campus Recruiter Overcomes Adversities to Serve in the Peace Corps”

Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs

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The Peace Corps and Western Illinois University (WIU) today announced the addition of two new graduate degrees under their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Now, students will be able to pursue graduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences, and community and economic development. Previously, WIU has offered a degree in rural community and economic development through their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which has been a staple at the school for 22 years.

“We are delighted to partner with WIU to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs”

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda

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Peace Corps Volunteers know that service isn’t a bucket list item; it’s a life-long dedication. Once you are part of the Peace Corps family, you are always a member. No one knows that better than Lindsay Carrera, a Hartland, Wisconsin, native who recently completed her service in Uganda.

“I have always wanted to do Peace Corps – since I was young,” Carrera said, “I love learning about people and trying to help. It was an educational experience.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda”

Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention

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Abigail Halberg was far removed from HIV/AIDS before joining the Peace Corps. It was a far-fetched concept she could not entirely grasp, even after working as a nurse for several years.

But serving in the Peace Corps changed her relationship with health and HIV/AIDS for the better.

“Before the Peace Corps, I had never met anyone with HIV/AIDS,” Halberg said. “Now, I see that people living with HIV/AIDS are strong, proud, active members of their communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention”

Peace Corps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

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The Peace Corps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school fellowships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with TCSPP to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at TCSPP will be housed in the International Psychology Online Program, and available to students pursuing a master’s degree in international psychology (IP). Students in the program examine the social, political, and psychological issues that impact the world.
Continue reading “Peace Corps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Lake Orion, Michigan, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Guinea

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Susan Kay Bouvier, 51, of Lake Orion, Michigan, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guinea on December 1 to begin training as a public health educator. Bouvier will be assigned to a rural health center and conduct regular home visits to households with pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of two to promote healthy behaviors. She will also provide counseling to mothers and caregivers on essential nutrition actions, promote timely vaccinations for infants, and educate communities on signs and symptoms of preventable communicable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Continue reading “Lake Orion, Michigan, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Guinea”

Recruiters Bring Peace Corps to HBCUs and MSIs Throughout Mississippi

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Peace Corps recruiters Natalie Felton and Stephanie Wade made their way across Mississippi to visit historically black colleges/universities and minority serving institutions.

Peace Corps recruiters Natalie Felton and Stephanie Wade recently wrapped up the first Peace Car tour of minority serving institutions and historically black colleges and universities throughout the Mississippi area.

The educational tour, which began Oct. 13, made stops at Tougaloo College, Mississippi State University, Coahoma Agriculture High School, Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Alcorn State University, Belhaven University, and Jackson State University in an effort to reach qualified, underserved communities.

“The true inspiration for this tour derived from wanting to reach and share the possibility of Peace Corps as a postgraduate or post-retirement opportunity with diverse groups,” Felton said. “This led to personalized and intimate conversations with students on a career path that could take their collegiate experience overseas.” Continue reading “Recruiters Bring Peace Corps to HBCUs and MSIs Throughout Mississippi”