Vietnamese study abroad prompted Michigan native’s Peace Corps service

Kline.Adriane_FijiAdriane Kline, 23, of Beulah, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Fiji Sept. 2 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Kline will live and work at the community level to make a difference raising awareness about the need for health education through a variety of activities, such as identifying local leaders to teach families about maternal and child health and organizing trainings on nutrition, sanitation and oral re-hydration therapy.

“I want the opportunity to learn about a new place and integrate myself into a new community,” she said. “I see the Peace Corps as a great opportunity to work alongside local partners with a common goal in mind.” Continue reading “Vietnamese study abroad prompted Michigan native’s Peace Corps service”

Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., ranks No. 3 per capita among metro areas in producing Peace Corps volunteers

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Peace Corps Volunteer Beth Walton Braaksma heps her neighbors dry beans in Rwanda.

CHICAGO — With 11 local residents currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., ranks No. 3 this year among metropolitan areas for producing the most Peace Corps volunteers, per capita.

Holland-Grand Haven generated 9.82 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 residents. By comparison, the state of Michigan produces 2.7 Peace Corps volunteers per capita.

Michigan is No. 9 among states in total number of current Peace Corps volunteers, with 271 of its residents making a difference in communities overseas. Continue reading “Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., ranks No. 3 per capita among metro areas in producing Peace Corps volunteers”

Michigan ranks No. 9 on Peace Corps’ 2013 list of top volunteer-producing states

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Peace Corps Volunteer Beth Walton Braaksma of Holland, Mich., with children in her community in Rwanda.

CHICAGO — Michigan again this year ranks among the top-producing states for Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 271 Peace Corps volunteers call Michigan home, making it No. 9 among all states in 2013.

Within Michigan, the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area, which is home to 86 active Peace Corps volunteers, is No. 15 among metropolitan areas nationwide in total Peace Corps volunteers produced.

Additionally, two smaller Michigan metro areas were recognized for their high volunteer numbers. Holland-Grand Haven generated 11 volunteers last year, or 9.82 volunteers for every 100,000 residents. It ranks third among all metro areas, per capita. Ann Arbor placed seventh on the per capita list, with 29 residents serving as volunteers. That city produces more than eight volunteers for every 100,000 residents. Continue reading “Michigan ranks No. 9 on Peace Corps’ 2013 list of top volunteer-producing states”

East Leroy, Mich., resident completes Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan

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Peace Corps Volunteer Jarrett Dunn helped coordinate an arts camp for children in his community in Azerbaijan.

With a new perspective on the world and a new appreciation for traditional Azerbaijani cuisine, Jarrett Dunn, 28, of East Leroy, Mich., has returned home to the United States after completing his Peace Corps service as youth development volunteer in Azerbaijan.

For more than two years, Dunn has made a difference teaching English in Shirvan, Azerbaijan. Dunn’s work involved developing and managing English language clubs designed to improve students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. He also mentored an advanced English club that served as a forum for cross-cultural exchange with discussions including gender issues, civil rights, and current world affairs.

“One of the major highlights of my service was collaborating with other volunteers and resource partners to brainstorm, design, and implement a weeklong summer arts camp for about 50 schoolchildren in Shirvan,” Dunn said. “At the end of the week, the children put on an art show displaying all of their creations, singing, and performing skits in front of their parents.” Continue reading “East Leroy, Mich., resident completes Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan”