Mobile, Alabama, Native Selected For Peace Corps Service in Botswana

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Name: LoRen Burroughs

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

College: University of South Alabama

Major: Professional health management

LoRen Burroughs, 25, of Mobile, Alabama, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana on July 30 to begin training as a health and HIV/AIDS capacity building specialist. Burroughs will work at the community level to develop strategic plans to combat the rise of HIV/AIDS in her community. She will also address gaps in services, educate at-risk youth, and work with local nonprofits that focus on preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate the effects for those living or affected by the disease.

“I gravitated to the Peace Corps because of my devotion to public service,” Burroughs said. “Giving back is and has always been my life’s calling. It seemed only right.” Continue reading “Mobile, Alabama, Native Selected For Peace Corps Service in Botswana”

Murray State University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps and Murray State University are proud to announce a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

Murray State University is the first college in Kentucky to offer the Peace Corps Prep program, and will begin accepting students for enrollment beginning in the 2016 fall semester.

“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, students at Murray State University can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Murray State University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program”

Returned Peace Corps volunteer and Senegal native’s friendship flourishes 40 years later

Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Tony Ends and Hamidou Sakhanokho (above) met when Ends was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1975. Today, the two are still close as they reflect on their forty year friendship.
Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Tony Ends and Hamidou Sakhanokho (above) met when Ends was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1975. Today, the two are still close as they reflect on their forty year friendship.

When Hamidou Sakhanokho stares at the degrees that hang on the walls of his office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he thinks about his quest to the United States, his home village of Tourimé, Senegal, and the obstacles he has overcome. But one name always comes to mind as he reflects on his journey to success: returned Peace Corps volunteer Tony Ends.

“Besides my parents and siblings, my English teacher, Tony, is the person who influenced me the most,” said Sakhanokho, 55, a research plant molecular geneticist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Poplarville, Miss. “By American standards, Tony was by no means a rich person, and yet he was willing to send a plane ticket to a former student in Senegal and help educate him in the U.S. Thanks to his help, I was able to get an excellent education and subsequently a good job.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps volunteer and Senegal native’s friendship flourishes 40 years later”

Peace Corps service sharpened career path for Kentucky State grad student

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When Ben Bowman begins searching for jobs next year, after earning his master’s degree from Kentucky State University, he knows that there is one experience on his résumé that will make him stand out in the applicant pool: his Peace Corps service.

Bowman, who is currently studying aquaculture at KSU, served as rural aquaculture promotion Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia from 2012-14. Bowman taught his community the benefits of managing fish ponds, vs. fishing from lakes and rivers, and the hands-on experience set the foundation for his higher education and career. In addition to working with the fish ponds, Bowman collected and planted 5,000 seeds for trees that support income generation, food and reforestation. Continue reading “Peace Corps service sharpened career path for Kentucky State grad student”

More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ben Bowman served in Zambia, 2012-14.

When he was a student at the University of Louisville, Ben Bowman worked alongside professors and graduate students in a biology lab. Looking back years later, he says the experience not only taught him about science, but also put him on a path toward making a difference as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

“I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a project to hopefully publish one day. From this I developed a much different way of thinking about problems and how to go about solving them,”  said Bowman, who served as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer in Zambia, from 2012 to 2014. “Now when I face challenges, Peace Corps has allowed me to develop my own ways of going about finding a solution.”

Bowman, who graduated from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a double major in biology and psychology, is one of 217 alums who have served as Peace Corps volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.  Continue reading “More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps”

Bellefontaine, Ohio, native begins Peace Corps service in Timor-Leste

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Alayna Coughlin, 23, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Timor-Leste Oct. 6 to begin training as a community services volunteer. Coughlin will live and work at the community level teaching life and leadership skills, organizing nutritional activities and leading sanitation and hygiene education efforts.

“I was looking for an experience where I could totally immerse myself in the culture and learn from others as much as I teach, and I feel as if the Peace Corps is the best program to provide that,” said Coughlin. Continue reading “Bellefontaine, Ohio, native begins Peace Corps service in Timor-Leste”

Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana

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Name: Angela Hamilton
Country of Service: Dominican Republic, 2006-2009
Peace Corps Response: Guatemala, 2013-2014
Recruitment Territory: Kentucky, Southern Indiana Continue reading “Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana”