Nikkolette Hunter, 25, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21, 2017, to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Hunter will live and work at the community level to improve financial literacy and work with local entrepreneurs.
Hunter’s love for international travel and service inspired her to join the Peace Corps.
Hunter is the daughter of Alesia and Glenn Hunter of Franklin, Tennessee, and a graduate of Independence High School of Thompson Station, Tennessee. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international development studies, minoring in Latin American studies, in September 2014.
During the first three months of her service, Hunter will live with a host family in Paraguay to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Hunter will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Paraguay, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
Hunter said some of the challenges she hopes to overcome while in Paraguay include, “successfully managing a project where I am responsible for group members that may not understand me or relate to me and navigating unforeseen obstacles.”
Hunter will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Paraguay and help Hunter develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
Hunter joins the 90 Tennessee residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 1,844 Tennessee residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
About volunteers in Paraguay: There are more than 220 volunteers in Paraguay working with their communities on projects in agriculture, community economic development, the environment, and health. During their service in Paraguay, volunteers learn to speak local languages, including Guaraní and Spanish. More than 4,070 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Paraguay since the program was established in 1966.