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”