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”→
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.”
Christy Eubank, 25, of Gamaliel, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as an English teacher and teacher trainer volunteer. Eubank will live and work at the community level co-teaching basic and intermediate English. She will also lead extracurricular activities to enhance language learning.
Jason McConnell, 27, of Louisville, Ky., has been serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in China since June 2012. In this essay, the University of Louisville alum offers a first-person glimpse at teaching English in China and his plans and goals for the future.
The sense of wonder that comes with arriving in your Peace Corps country and becoming acquainted with a new culture is only heightened for volunteers who, like me, had never traveled outside of the U.S. before service. I remember that first foreign experience well. My group of trainees and I had a layover in Bangkok on our way to the Peace Corps China headquarters in Chengdu, Sichuan. After we registered with the swanky hotel a small group of us decided to get something to eat on the streets. However, I was nervous because nobody in our group knew how to speak the local language; surely we would go hungry for the night! My uneasy disposition also saw the dark streets as being more sinister than they really were.
Peace Corps Volunteer Tyler Lloyd, of Owensboro, Ky., is keeping kids active with a unique secondary project in his community in Burkina Faso: karate lessons. When Lloyd isn’t working with a women’s rice processing union as an agribusiness development volunteer, he’s able to exercise one of his personal hobbies and teach boys and girls ages 12 to 18 a new skill at the same time. “I work health, nutrition, gender equality, and personal development aspects into my class,” Lloyd says. “My students will be testing for their yellow belt in the next few weeks.” Continue reading “Volunteer project spotlight: Just for kicks, Kentucky volunteer teaches karate”→
Brittany Dickens, 23, of Louisville, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 11 to begin training as an agro-forestry volunteer. Dickens will make a difference by promoting and participating in natural resource management.
Dickens decided to serve in the Peace Corps during her last semester of college.