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 and Iowa State University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program

Ames, IA, – The Peace Corps and Iowa State University today announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for a career in international development.

Iowa State students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning fall 2015.

“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,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Iowa State University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and Iowa State University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program”

Peace Corps and Iowa State University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Darrin Vander Plas served as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia and is a graduate of Iowa State University.
Darrin Vander Plas served as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia and is a graduate of Iowa State University.

[AMES, Iowa] – The Peace Corps and Iowa State University today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with Iowa State University to support our returned volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and Iowa State University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Professor joins Peace Corps during sabbatical “to do something bigger”

 

Chris Martin and his wife Tami served as Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana, from 2008-10.
Chris Martin and his wife Tammi served as Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana, from 2008-10.

One night at dinner, over a bottle of wine, shortly after Chris Martin had earned tenure as an associate professor in the Art and Visual Culture Department at Iowa State University, his wife, Tammi, suggested they join the Peace Corps. So, he took a sabbatical and the couple, of Ames, Iowa, went to Ghana to teach from 2008-10.

“I wanted to do something bigger,” said Chris, who earned bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Iowa State University in 1991 and a master’s in fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. “This was it.”

In Ghana, Tammi, 47, taught computer literacy while Chris, 47, instructed visual arts at a high school, but his true joy in the experience came from the relationships he fostered as well as secondary projects. Continue reading “Professor joins Peace Corps during sabbatical “to do something bigger””

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Ryan Cairns

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Name:  Ryan Cairns.
Country of Service: Bulgaria, 2009-11
Assignment: Business Development
Recruitment Territory: Iowa

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Beekeeping project keeps Iowa State Peace Corps Volunteer buzzing in Gambia

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Peace Corps Volunteer Darrin Vander Plas, with counterparts in his community in The Gambia.

In The Gambia, Peace Corps volunteer Darrin Vander Plas is making a difference on a variety of beekeeping projects – with an eye toward sustainability. By improving the skills of local residents, Vander Plas helps guarantee that his work will continue to benefit his community after he returns to America.

“As an agricultural extension volunteer, my primary work has been beekeeping promotion and education through a youth beekeeping mentor project spanning five villages,” he said. “The project links experienced beekeepers with interested youth to increase number of beekeepers, promote forest conservation, improve crop pollination, and expand the market for quality honey and value-added beeswax products like soap and body cream.” Continue reading “Beekeeping project keeps Iowa State Peace Corps Volunteer buzzing in Gambia”

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow puts lessons learned in service to use on campus at Illinois State

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Peace Corps Volunteer Tim Glaza returns home with his host father in Zambia after a day of harvesting in the field.

As he neared the end of his three years of Peace Corps service in Zambia, Tim Glaza began to plan his life’s next chapter. For some volunteers, the transition back to America can be challenging, after spending the last two to three years living and working within a different culture and building friendships. But with Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at Illinois State University, Glaza found a way to combine the skills he gained overseas with his own higher education goals, as well as come back to a community of other returned Peace Corps volunteers on campus.

“I was attracted to Illinois State’s program because it allowed me to build on my undergraduate degree of political science while also focusing on community development,” he said. “I was especially attracted to the 11-month applied component of the program.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow puts lessons learned in service to use on campus at Illinois State”