Celebrating and sharing history and cultures – Peace Corps volunteer finds passion through service in Malawi

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When Nyassa Kollie’s father thinks about his childhood and the hurdles he overcame in pursuit of his education, he replays the voices of encouragement telling him that he could do anything, even earn a doctorate in chemistry. Similarly, when Kollie’s mother faced obstacles growing up, it was the voices of hope that prevailed and lifted her up, reminding her that her education mattered.

Those voices her parents heard belonged to Peace Corps volunteers.

Kollie, now a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, wouldn’t fully grasp the motivation that fueled her father’s passion for education, or of the love her mother had for the volunteers who defined her youth until years later. Continue reading “Celebrating and sharing history and cultures – Peace Corps volunteer finds passion through service in Malawi”

Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time

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Tia Sandoval wanted more than just an office job after graduation.

After studying abroad throughout her undergraduate career, she longed for more adventure and wonder. But it wasn’t until she sat down with her mother to discuss her post-grad opportunities that it all clicked.

“I was looking for a job that allowed me to travel,” Sandoval said. “After doing some research, I realized Peace Corps was that job. I could learn more about agriculture in Nepal, learn another language, and really integrate into another culture. My mom had always been supportive of my desire to be aboard and experience the world. She was integral in leading me toward the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time”

Peace Corps Volunteer Fundraises For Malaria Prevention

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Emily McGann witnessed malaria’s reach and the devastating effects it havocked on her community in The Gambia while working as a health Peace Corps Volunteer over the past two years. But it wasn’t until she lost a fellow member in her community to the disease that she felt the destruction first hand.

Now, McGann is raising money through a Peace Corps Partnership (PCPP) grant in order to buy and distribute long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), or bed nets, to every member in her community to help prevent the spread of malaria.

“Malaria work has become my main focus for the rest of my service. It’s my goal to educate as many people as I can about the dangers of malaria and prevention methods,” said McGann. “By increasing malaria knowledge in the community, I hope to see future generations continue to embrace the culture of sleeping under bed nets and hopefully see malaria eradicated in The Gambia.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer Fundraises For Malaria Prevention”

LGBQT Volunteer Overcomes Obstacles, Prevails in Peace Corps Service

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Kyle Miller knew obstacles would arise while serving as an LGBQT Peace Corps Volunteer, but that wasn’t going to stop him from fulfilling his childhood dream.  Joining the Peace Corps had been tugging at him since he was 10 years old, and when he finally dove in and was accepted to serve in Paraguay, he never looked back.

“My overall thought was Peace Corps has been too much of a dream not to go for it based on my sexuality,” Miller said. “I think it is important to be comfortable with your own sexuality before entering the Peace Corps. At times, the Peace Corps can be very challenging for a variety of different reasons. However, I always feel like I am able to fall back on knowing who I am, and being ok with it, even if it isn’t shared with everyone.” Continue reading “LGBQT Volunteer Overcomes Obstacles, Prevails in Peace Corps Service”

Grinnell College earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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Justin Miller (center) graduated from Grinnell College in May 2012. He is currently serving as an education volunteer in Burkina Faso.

CHICAGO –Grinnell College has once again earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, coming in at No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, eight Grinnell graduates are making a difference around the world as volunteers.

For the past four consecutive years, Grinnell has made it on the annual list. Since the agency was created in 1961, 375 alums have served overseas.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “Grinnell College earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Drake University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Peace Corps Director Carrie (right) visits volunteers in Ecuador. Claire Williamson (right) graduated from Drake University in XX.
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (right) visits volunteers in Ecuador. Claire Williamson (right) graduated from Drake University in May 2012.

CHICAGO – Drake University has made its debut on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, ranking No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are eight Drake alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

This is the first year that the university has made Peace Corps’ Top Colleges list. Since the agency was created in 1961, 269 Drake alums have served overseas.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “Drake University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg

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“People join Peace Corps for many, many reasons. My reasoning for joining was really quite selfish. I was so turned to Peace Corps knowing it would allow me to experience the ups and downs of living in a foreign land, to learn a new language, and to really explore the caverns of my shifty mind.”
– July 8, 2006, Jason Lemberg, Peace Corps Blog

Name: Jason Lemberg
Country of Service: Kyrgyz Republic, 2006-08
Assignment: Secondary English Education
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg”