Clarksville, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Colombia

mahoney_colombiaKellie Mahoney, 26, of Clarksville, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Colombia on January 17 to begin training as a primary education teacher trainer. Mahoney will work at the community level to help train and develop teachers’ English-teaching skills. She will also create resources for the classroom, facilitate staff professional development opportunities, and co-teach lessons.

“I’ve had an interest in serving with the Peace Corps for the last few years,” Mahoney said. “After serving with AmeriCorps, I dove into more opportunities that have shaped my life where it is today. My passion for teaching has motivated me to want to serve in communities around the world. I’m attracted to the Peace Corps because I want to be challenged and reach out to students and communities.” Continue reading “Clarksville, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Colombia”

25 countries later, Indiana couple commits to Peace Corps service in Thailand

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Sara and Greg’s life is always in constant motion.

From volunteering with nonprofits in Malawi, to working for Teach For America for two years, the couple’s robust lifestyle allows them to peer into the living conditions that many face across the globe. In the past three years alone, they have traveled to 25 countries and over six different continents.

But with each trip and stamp they collect on their passports, they crave to do something more with their lives. This January, the couple will do just that.

As Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand, the couple will spend the next 27 months using their experiences and skills to make an impact on their local community. Sara will work as a youth in development Volunteer, where she will improve the lifestyles of local youth, and Greg will work as a teacher collaborator and primary education specialist, where he will engage in community development opportunities, improve schools, and train local teachers. This will be Greg’s second time serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer; he served as a youth development Volunteer in Bulgaria from 2008-10. Continue reading “25 countries later, Indiana couple commits to Peace Corps service in Thailand”

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”

The Ohio State University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Peace Corps volunteers Dara Doss (left) and Ben Jenkins (right), both OSU alums, teach their students the OSU chant and stance during pre-service training.
Peace Corps volunteers Dara Doss (left) and Ben Jenkins (right), both OSU alums, teach their students the OSU chant and stance during pre-service training.

CHICAGO – For the fourth year in a row, The Ohio State University ranks in the top 10 on Peace Corps’ list of the top volunteer-producing large universities. Currently, 42 graduates from Ohio State are making a difference around the world as volunteers, putting the university at No. 10 on the agency’s 2016 list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,759 alums have served overseas, making The Ohio State University the tenth all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “The Ohio State University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Columbus, Ind., native departs for Peace Corps Ecuador

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The world is Tim Hofmeister’s classroom and for 27 months there are no boundaries that he will not cross. The Columbus, Ind., native will depart on Jan. 26 for Ecuador to begin training as a secondary education English teacher and will train the local English teachers on new instruction methodologies to implement in the classroom. He will also work with community groups to create need-based development projects for his community and facilitate youth life-skills classes and professional development workshops. A graduate of the Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich., he shares below how he was inspired to serve. Continue reading “Columbus, Ind., native departs for Peace Corps Ecuador”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Natalie Felton

Me and Host Brother BenjaminName: Natalie Felton
Country of Service: Vanuatu, 2011-15
Assignment: Education
Recruitment Focus: Diverse populations

The desire to travel stirred my decision to apply for Peace Corps in 2010. After living and working in Southern France for two and half years, I wanted to challenge myself with a more rustic experience. My dream was to serve in West Africa. I wanted to get back to my roots, immerse myself into the local culture, food and music and return back to the U.S with an intimate relationship and understanding of my ancestors.  I wanted to give back to my host country; share my knowledge, education and resources, providing an addition to local custom and tradition.

Though my path did not direct me to Senegal, Guinea or Mali, my path did allow for me to immerse into the rich, tropical and Melanesian culture of Vanuatu. I was fortunate to have been accepted to extend my contract twice in the South Pacific. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Natalie Felton”

Menasha, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Thailand

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Bethany Schumacher, 25, of Menasha, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Thailand on Jan. 6 to begin training as a teacher collaborator and community facilitator volunteer. Schumacher will work at the community level to train, co-teach and collaborate with the local Thai teachers to improve their teaching practices. Schumacher will also work to identify local learning resources and help plan student camps, conferences and workshops. Continue reading “Menasha, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Thailand”