Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer

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Name: Caroline Schier

Major:  Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering

School: Purdue University

Sector: Agriculture

Although agriculture is the primary economic activity in most countries, many communities are still not able to produce enough food, manage their water supply or implement sustainable practices for the future generations to follow. Peace Corps sends highly skilled and dedicated Volunteers out into the field to help communities combat some of these issues.

Get to know Peace Corps Volunteer, Caroline Shier, a 2014 Purdue University graduate, who is currently serving as an agriculture extension Volunteer in Zambia. Continue reading “Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer”

Purdue University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program

Peace Corps and Purdue University announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

Purdue University students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in the fall semester of 2016.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Purdue University can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Purdue University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program”

Pleasant Lake, Ind., native completes Peace Corps service in Panama

Jessica Moore served as an environmental extension agent in Panama and completed her service in August of 2015.
Jessica Moore served as an environmental health extension agent in Panama where she educated her community about best health and environmental practices. She completed her service in August of 2015.

After two years of working as an environmental health extension agent in Panama, Jessica Moore, 31, has completed her Peace Corps service and returned to the U.S., to Pleasant Lake, Ind.

While in Panama, Moore’s objectives were to support her community in using and accessing resources to live a more sustainable life. By the end of her service, Moore helped install 22 solar panels that shed light to an isolated village. She also educated her community on sanitation, project management, business development, gender equality and youth development and also exposed community members to new ideas, such as adobe stoves, organic farming practices and recycling. Continue reading “Pleasant Lake, Ind., native completes Peace Corps service in Panama”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Kendrall Masten

Name: Kendrall Masten
Country of Service: Zambia 2005-2007
Assignment: Rural Aquaculture Promotion
Paul D. Coverdell Fellow: Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University Recruitment Territory: Central Indiana Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Kendrall Masten”

Studying in Jamaica inspired Indiana native to pursue Peace Corps

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Joshua Reger, 22, of Lebanon, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for The Gambia Oct. 15 to begin training as a crop extension volunteer. Reger will make a difference by introducing and promoting new and improved techniques of producing vegetables, fruits and stable crops, which then improves food security in rural areas. His possible projects include establishing and maintaining soil and water conservation structures and practices, fruit tree production, agriculture-related forestry practices, fish cultivation, raising trees in small nurseries, apiculture and honey production, livestock health, meat and wool production, range management, vegetable gardening and nutrition education.

Reger graduated from Lebanon High school in 2010 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 2014 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. After his high school graduation, Reger studied abroad in Jamaica, giving him the opportunity to live in a developing country without the amenities and comforts of home.

“In Jamaica I had the opportunity to witness the value of education from a different perspective, where the end goal of the education was not simply to get into a college but to make something of yourself for you and your family,” Reger said. “This has driven me to pursue volunteering in the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Studying in Jamaica inspired Indiana native to pursue Peace Corps”

Naperville, Ill., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ghana

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Jeffrey Bart, 23, of Naperville, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana Feb. 4 to begin training as a health, water, and sanitation volunteer. Bart will make a difference by building community resources and improving water, sanitation, and health standards in rural communities through hygiene education.

“I first learned about the Peace Corps from a substitute teacher I had one day in high school who was getting ready to serve in the Peace Corps,” Bart said. “I don’t remember who she was or where she was going, but since then I’ve always found the idea fascinating.” Continue reading “Naperville, Ill., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ghana”

Nora Springs, Iowa, resident completes Peace Corps service in Bulgaria

Peace corps Volunteer Joan Myers stands in front of a world map painted by her students in Bulgaria.
Peace Corps Volunteer Joan Myers stands in front of a world map painted by her students in Bulgaria.

After a 20-year career teaching English language arts, reading, and social studies at Nora Springs-Rock Falls School (now Central Springs) in Nora Springs, Iowa, Joan Myers was at a crossroads. She’d been offered an early retirement package and shared with her husband and daughter a long-held dream – serving in the Peace Corps.

Myers, 64, ended up submitting her retirement notice and Peace Corps application at the same time. (Peace Corps has no upper age limit, and about 7 percent of volunteers are age 50 or older.) Myers was accepted for service and returned to the U.S. in June after completing two years as an English education volunteer in Bulgaria. The experience not only allowed Myers to make a difference abroad in much the same way as she has in the U.S., but it also gave her a new perspective on the world and her home.

“My time in Bulgaria gave me a new appreciation for my country,” she said. “We have problems and a lot of issues that need to be worked out, but there are things we are doing right. We have good schools with good kids, our countryside is clean, people care about the environment, and we have reasonable laws to protect us. Once I returned home, I looked at my country with new eyes and saw how good many of us have it.” Continue reading “Nora Springs, Iowa, resident completes Peace Corps service in Bulgaria”