At her retirement party, Lynne Newlon thought she was saying goodbye to her 30-year career in public service. For her, retirement meant more time at home with family and friends and finally tackling the stubborn home projects she had put off for years.
Aaron Heit, 28, of Blaine, Minn., and his wife Molly Heit, 28, of Andover, Minn., have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia on Jan. 9. The couple will live and work at the community level to train local farmers on improved farming practices for sustainable living. The couple, both serving as environmental education volunteers, will also work with community members on small-scale gardening projects, reforestation trainings and watershed protection projects.
“Our motivations for serving with the Peace Corps have evolved and grown,” Aaron Heit said. “We don’t know how to provide one simple answer as to what calls us to serve, but we want to utilize our science teaching skills in diverse settings and to give back to our country by extending the hand of friendship. Together we will be collecting the moments one by one.” Continue reading “Minnesota couple departs for Peace Corps Ethiopia”→
Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, it allows volunteers to celebrate the holiday season in their host countries and participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own. From now until January, we will highlight stories from Peace Corps volunteers who share their experiences spending the holidays overseas.
This holiday season marks the second year of Peace Corps service in Mexico for volunteer Cassie Hoffman. But this season will be quite different from last year’s. This December, Hoffman will travel home to Cincinnati to spend a week with her friends and family. While in the U.S., Hoffman, a natural resource management volunteer, will take the opportunity to talk about her service and share traditions and culture of Mexico.
“This Christmas I am traveling to Cincinnati to spend a week of holiday break with my parents and sisters. I will give a recruiting talk with the support of the Peace Corps Midwest Recruiting Office and will hopefully bust open a piñata on Christmas day!”
After two years of working as an environmental health extension agent in Panama, Jessica Moore, 31, has completed her Peace Corps service and returned to the U.S., to Pleasant Lake, Ind.
While in Panama, Moore’s objectives were to support her community in using and accessing resources to live a more sustainable life. By the end of her service, Moore helped install 22 solar panels that shed light to an isolated village. She also educated her community on sanitation, project management, business development, gender equality and youth development and also exposed community members to new ideas, such as adobe stoves, organic farming practices and recycling. Continue reading “Pleasant Lake, Ind., native completes Peace Corps service in Panama”→
Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Erika Kraus carries her Peace Corps experience with her in all avenues of life. Now as the new on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at Michigan State University, Kraus uses her knowledge of the application process and her experience abroad to motivate and inspire students hoping to follow in her footsteps.
Before Elena Dulys-Nusbaum left for the Peace Corps, life was in constant motion. She lived a busy lifestyle, and patience was not a virtue that she maintained. Now, after the completion of her two year service in Panama, she works as an on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at Michigan State University where she is also pursuing her master’s degree in agriculture, food and resource economics.