James Peregrine, 23, of St. Joseph, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Albania on March 4 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Peregrine will work with local nongovernmental organizations to improve their business practices. He will assist organizations in their capacity-building, business development, communications, management, and technology skills.
“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps for the opportunity to use my business education within this great organization,” said Peregrine. “I believe that in the United States we have been blessed with many opportunities. Furthermore, as we live in a wonderful and diverse world, I look forward to fulfill the purpose statement of the Peace Corps to ‘help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.’”
Peregrine is the son of Peggy and Randall Peregrine of St. Joseph, Missouri, and a 2011 graduate of St. Joseph Cristian High School. Peregrine attended Missouri Western State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting, in May 2015. He went on to receive his master’s degree in international management from SOAS, University of London, in September 2016.
“At MWSU, I had the opportunity to learn from excellent faculty and have many valuable discussions with fellow students,” he said. “My Master of Science degree from SOAS, University of London provided a more thorough and in-depth acumen to my business knowledge. Additionally, living in London and attending courses with people from all backgrounds gave me a love for living and working with multiple cultures, while gaining a plethora of viewpoints on both cultural and business practices.”
During the first three months of service, Peregrine will live with a host family in Albania to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist his community, Peregrine will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Albania, where he will live and work for two years with the local people.
Peregrine will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Armenia and will help him to develop leadership, and technical and cross-cultural skills that will give him a competitive edge when he returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
Peregrine joins the 111 Missouri residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 3,401 Missouri residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.
About Peace Corps/Albania: There are more than 95 Volunteers in Albania working with their communities on projects in education and health. During their service in Albania, Volunteers learn to speak Albanian. More than 710 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Albania since the program was established in 1992.