Elaina Ateke, 27, of Terre Haute, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia March 12 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Ateke will make a difference by providing HIV/AIDS education and awareness programs to her local community.
Ateke is the daughter of Hope Ateke and Schelia Watkins and a 2004 graduate of T.H. North Vigo High School in Terre Haute. She graduated from Indiana State University in Terre Haute with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008. Since then, Ateke has worked as a counselor with the Student Support Services Trio Program at Howard University.
During the first three months of her service in Namibia, Ateke will complete technical, language, health and safety training while living with a host family to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. The training and cultural exchange prepare Ateke for her two years of service, while also allowing community members to gain a better understanding of Americans. After Ateke is sworn into service and assigned to a community, she will work on sustainable, community-driven development projects that make a difference for the people of Namibia and provide Ateke with leadership and cross-cultural skills she can use throughout her career. Continue reading “Terre Haute, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Namibia”