Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jessica Vig

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Name:  Jessica Vig
Country of Service:  South Africa, 2007-2009
Assignment: Community Health
Recruitment Territory:  Downstate and Western Illinois

My husband, Paul, and I served as a married couple in a small, rural community in South Africa.  As we returned to the U.S., hoping to share our stories with family and friends back home, we found that photographs provided a medium to discuss our joys and challenges.

Here is a ‘snippet’ of our service—themes, learnings, and ultimately, human to human connections—through pictures. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jessica Vig”

From Alpha Phi Alpha to Peace Corps, IU grad student dedicates life to service

Donovan Wright, left, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda from 2012-14.
Donovan Wright, left, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda from 2012-14.

Donovan Wright was raised to believe in service. From Alpha Phi Alpha to Peace Corps, serving others is how Wright wants to spend his life.

As a student at Bradley University, Wright was initiated into the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and then served as a community health volunteer in Peace Corps Rwanda, from 2012-2014. The two service-oriented organizations are partnered to encourage Alpha Phi Alpha members to take their passion for service to a community in need overseas. For Wright, being a dedicated member of both organizations has ingrained in him values that now represent who he is as a person. Continue reading “From Alpha Phi Alpha to Peace Corps, IU grad student dedicates life to service”

Lawyer, returned volunteer believes Peace Corps gave her courage for all of life

Marie Kenyon of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry.

Marie Kenyon, 52, knows that she has the courage to do anything. Whenever life hands her a troubling situation, she thinks about being a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger when she was 21.

“For the rest of my life, whenever I am going through something, I think, ‘Marie, you did two years living in a mud hut, speaking a language you don’t know, and you survived. You had fun,’” Kenyon said. “Peace Corps definitely made me braver going through life.” Continue reading “Lawyer, returned volunteer believes Peace Corps gave her courage for all of life”

From AmeriCorps to Peace Corps, Indianapolis native commits to service-oriented work

Guerin.Danielle_CameroonDanielle 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”

Marengo, Ill., resident begins Peace Corps service in South Africa

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Cassandra Jean Lawlor, 27, of Marengo, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for South Africa July 2 to begin training as an education volunteer. Lawlor will make a difference teaching English to schoolchildren in South Africa.

“I’m excited to serve others and teach in South Africa,” Lawlor said.

Lawlor is the daughter of Patrick and Patricia Lawlor and a 2004 graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., in 2008 and a master’s degree in ceramics in 2012 from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. While studying at Augustana, Lawlor began to seriously consider Peace Corps service. Continue reading “Marengo, Ill., resident begins Peace Corps service in South Africa”