Holidays in the Peace Corps, Part 3

Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, many volunteers celebrate the holidays in their host countries. Spending the holidays in another country allows volunteers to participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own.


Jordan Hatcher, Peace Corps Volunteer
Senegal, Preventative Health Educator, 2012-14
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012, International Studies and Spanish

While it can be tough being so far from home during the holidays, it’s also such a privilege. People always say the holidays are a time for giving. Being a part of the Peace Corps provides me with that opportunity every day, even if it’s something as small as cooking lunch with my host sister or playing with the kids in my village. The holidays always remind me what a unique life experience this is and how lucky I am to be a part of such a great organization.

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Maysville, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Liberia


James Mitchell Mercer, 21, of Maysville, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Liberia June 4 to begin training as an education volunteer. Mercer will make a difference teaching senior-level advanced science courses while also implementing extracurricular activities and projects.

“I knew I wanted to serve my country, study science, travel, and also become the change I want to see in the world,” Mercer said. “The Peace Corps seemed like the perfect fit.” Continue reading “Maysville, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Liberia”

Cincinnati resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia


Veronica Ann Moermond, 28, of Cincinnati has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mongolia May 30 to begin training as an English teacher volunteer. Moermond will make a difference by helping to train Mongolian English teachers.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted to help those who wouldn’t otherwise get an education have a shot at learning,” Moermond said.

Moermond is the sister of Victoria Leferer and a 2002 graduate of Amelia High School in Batavia, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism in 2006. Moermond earned a master’s degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 and a second master’s in English from Northern Kentucky University in 2012. Continue reading “Cincinnati resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia”