Danielle Guerin, of Indianapolis, was studying entrepreneurship at Bradley University, in Peoria, Ill., when she began to doubt a future in the for-profit world. When she brought up the Peace Corps to her college adviser, she was encouraged to try AmeriCorps to determine if service work was really for her.
It was, and after working as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Indianapolis, Guerin is ready to begin her Peace Corps service as an agriculture extension volunteer. She departed for Cameroon Sept. 9 and will live and work at the community level to make a difference assisting farmers and those who work with agricultural products from farming/production to market.
During her AmeriCorps service, Guerin, 24, knew she still wanted to do Peace Corps, but she was also interested in going to graduate school. She visited Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and learned about its Peace Corps Master’s International program, which allows her to earn her master’s degree and complete her Peace Corps service simultaneously. As soon as she was accepted into the program, she began applying to Peace Corps. IU Bloomington is one of Peace Corps top schools for undergraduates and MI students, ranking 25th and 10th in the nation. Continue reading “From AmeriCorps to Peace Corps, Indianapolis native commits to service-oriented work”