Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine

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Taylor Reynolds, 25, of Toledo, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a community youth volunteer. Reynolds will work in local youth departments, social services centers, youth nongovernmental organizations, and after-school educational institutions to focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, preparing youth for work, and educating active citizens.  Continue reading “Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine”

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”

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”

Chicago Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that the Chicagoland area – which includes Chicago, Joliet and Naperville – ranks No. 4 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. The state of Illinois also ranks No. 6 among the top volunteer-producing states. There are 245 volunteers from the Chicagoland area, and 301 Illinois residents currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 8,788 residents from the Land of Lincoln 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,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “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.”

This is the eighth consecutive year that Chicago has ranked among the five top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas and the state of Illinois ranked in the top ten. Volunteers from Illinois are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development Volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Chicago Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016”

San Antonio, Texas, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Peru

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City: San Antonio, Texas

School: Stephen F. Austin State University & St. Mary’s University

Major: Sociology & clinical mental health counseling

Natasha Richardson, 27, of San Antonio, Texas, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Peru on August 15 to begin training as a youth and development Volunteer. Tracy will work on healthy lifestyle development, building employability skills and parent-engagement within her community. Richardson will also work with key leaders to develop workshops, trainings and activities to educate the community about important topics.

“I am confident that this service is way bigger than me,” Richardson said. “The moment that I received my initial acceptance was surreal and very emotional – I experienced every emotion all at once. Receiving the news after going through the almost year-long process, while continuing my faith and preparation through different challenges, was definitely confirmation that I was right where I should be.”  Continue reading “San Antonio, Texas, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Peru”

Marysville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand

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Nathaniel Allen, 26, of Marysville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Swaziland June 16 to begin training as a youth development Volunteer. Allen will work at the community level to empower Swazi youth to become leaders in the community, build vocational skills, and lead healthy lives. Allen will also work at schools throughout the community to build relationships with youth and key leaders.

“Once I got my Peace Corps invitation, I immediately sent a screen shot of the invitation to my best friends. The rest of the day, I had the biggest smile on my face,” Allen said. “It was a surreal moment – that moment when you say to yourself, ‘You’re actually going to be serving in the Peace Corps in Africa.’” Continue reading “Marysville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand”