Henderson, Kentucky, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia

Kurtz_NamibiaName: Richard Kurtz

City: Henderson, Kentucky

School: University of Southern Indiana

Major: Computer Science

Richard Kurtz, 34, of Henderson, Kentucky, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia on August 18 to begin training as a secondary education mathematics teacher. Kurtz will work at the community level to teach math at the primary, secondary and high schools. He will also assist the schools in providing extra-curricular activities for students and work on community secondary projects.

“The moment I received my invitation, I had to sit down for a few minutes,” Kurtz said. “I had been waiting for months to hear if I would be one of the few chosen to go and the moment had arrived.I was finally able to feel what I had been wondering about for what seemed like forever – the joy of success. It was like an explosion of relief, happiness and excitement blew up inside of me.” Continue reading “Henderson, Kentucky, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia”

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia

SchmidtName: Dana Schmidt

City: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

School: University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Major: Human biology

Dana Schmidt, 28, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia on August 18 to begin training as a science education Volunteer. Schmidt will work at the community level to teach in classrooms with limited resources at the primary, middle and high school level. Schmidt will also work to engage her students and community members in extracurricular activities.

“I was delighted when I got the invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer,” Schmidt said. “I’m ecstatic to be given the opportunity to check off one of my life long goals. The motivation to join the Peace Corps started in high school when a Peace Corps recruiter had a booth with information. The opportunity to travel and meet new people, as well as learn about new cultures and languages, interested me to pursue the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia”

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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Michigan couple departs for Peace Corps Uganda

Travelling and service have always been the focal point of Charles Tully and Hannah Sanday's relationship. They will depart to serve in a community in Uganda on Nov. 7.
Travelling and service have always been the focal point of Charles Tully and Hannah Sanday’s relationship. They will depart to serve in a community in Uganda on Nov. 7.

When Charles Tully and Hannah Sonday said “I do” they were committing to more than just each other. They were signing up for a life of adventure, service – and hurdles they could never fully prepare for.

“Service work, volunteering, and traveling internationally have been a focal point of our relationship since the beginning, and we actually met while we were both serving on the service committee of the accounting and finance organization, Beta Alpha Psi at the University of Michigan – Dearborn,” Charles said.

Charles, 27, of Detroit, Mich., and his wife Hannah, 27, of Waterford, Mich., will depart on Nov. 7 to serve in Uganda for two years. Although they will be working in similar roles and in the same village, they will have distinct jobs that match their individual skill sets so they can better serve their community. Continue reading “Michigan couple departs for Peace Corps Uganda”

Richfield, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Uganda

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George Petrilli, 22, of Richfield, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Uganda on Nov. 7 to begin training as a literacy specialist volunteer. Petrilli will live and work at the community level to improve teaching practices in primary schools. He will also work with the local schools to promote positive behavior and alternative disciplinary systems and spearhead reading intervention programs.

“I joined the Peace Corps because I want to have a more global perspective,”Petrilli said. “I’m trying to be a citizen of the world and it’s hard to do that if I never leave my country. Actually living and working somewhere is a much more meaningful experience for cross-cultural exchange than just being a backpacker passing through.” Continue reading “Richfield, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Uganda”

Canton, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in The Gambia

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Katrina Alber, 25, of Canton, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for The Gambia on Oct. 10 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Alber will live and work at the community level to educate her community about best practices and behaviors in order to maintain optimal health. She will also work with her community to raise awareness about malaria and help improve water systems and sanitation practices.

“I have felt compelled to be a public servant my entire life, and to help those who do not yet have the resources to help themselves,” said Alber. “I believe the entire goal of my education is to provide the knowledge and tools that people need to be healthy. Health is a human right.” Continue reading “Canton, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in The Gambia”

Cherry Valley, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique

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Joshua Sorensen, 25, of Cherry Valley, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique on Sept. 21 to begin training as a secondary education biology teacher. Sorensen will live and work at the community level teaching biology and chemistry in Portuguese to high school students in his area. He will also participate in secondary projects such as science fairs, life skills activities and English theater competitions.

“I have always loved being immersed in other cultures and learning about new places and languages, and I knew the Peace Corps would allow me to represent my country in a peaceful and positive way,” Sorensen said. “I felt that the Peace Corps would allow me an invaluable opportunity to improve and grow as a person.” Continue reading “Cherry Valley, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique”