Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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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.  Continue reading “Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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Thomas Hamilton, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Thomas will work at the community level to work with at-risk youth and develop camps, clubs, youth groups, and other after-school activities. Hamilton will also teach computer, money management, business, and employability skills to the community at large.

“I’ve been interested in serving, specifically in Latin America, since I studied abroad in Costa Rica in high school and became friends with a Peace Corps volunteer serving near me,” Hamilton said. “Her projects serving the people in my area inspired me, and I saw the direct effects they can have on good people.” Continue reading “St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica

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Theresa Kedinger, 29, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on February 20 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Kedinger will work at the community level to build one-on-one relationships with women, youth, and potential entrepreneurs. She will advise business, marketing, financial management, and product design plans, in addition to teaching literacy programs and facilitating business workshops.

“My mother got my sisters and I involved in volunteering at a very young age, and I have always enjoyed the experiences that each has offered,” Kedinger said. “Each encounter, whether it be with an organization itself, the people who work there, or the population that they are serving, has had an impact on who I am today. If I can make an impact, in even the smallest form, I am doing something good for the world, and that is important to me.” Continue reading “Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica”

Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter

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Today, the Peace Corps announced that Angela Hamilton will work as the Peace Corps recruiter for the Corpus Christi, Texas, community. This is the first time a full-time Peace Corps recruiter has been placed in the city.

Hamilton served as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2006-09, and again as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Guatemala from 2013-14. Hamilton has been a Peace Corps recruiter for Kentucky and southern Indiana since February 2015, before moving to Corpus Christi this winter.

“Peace Corps recruiters are based in cities throughout the country to spread awareness and serve as a local, more accessible contact,” Hamilton said. “We recognized the potential for increased applications from diverse, skilled applicants from southern Texas. Corpus Christi is not only a diverse city, but a great base for travel to connect with other schools and communities, including The Valley and Laredo. I hope to capitalize on the high spirit for collaboration that exists here to build sustained partnerships and awareness about Peace Corps service opportunities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter”

Tulsa, Oklahoma, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand

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Nemhoilhing Kipgen, 23, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Thailand this month to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Kipgen will work at the community level to educate youth about topics in reproductive health, sports and nutrition, and drug and alcohol use. She will also work to promote leadership activities and community service opportunities within her community.

“I spent most of my childhood in Myanmar. My family and I immigrated to the United States through the United Nations refugee resettlement program. My personal experiences have been a great asset for me and I want to give back to the community,” Kipgen said. “Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer at City Year Tulsa. My work with City Year further motivated me to join the Peace Corps, and do my best to help others globally.” Continue reading “Tulsa, Oklahoma, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand”

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”

Madison Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metropolitan Areas in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Madison, Wisconsin ranks No. 8 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 40 volunteers from Madison and 199 volunteers from Wisconsin currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 6,160 Wisconsinites have served in the Peace Corps.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

Madison made a significant 12-spot climb from last year’s rankings. For the past three years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the top volunteer-producing universities in the country. Wisconsin volunteers are among the more than 220,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Madison Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metropolitan Areas in 2016”