Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

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Name: Bryce Rinkenberger
Country of Service: Paraguay, 2011-2013
Assignment: Agriculture
Recruitment Territory: West Michigan Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger”

Saginaw, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in The Gambia

Krystin Martinez, 25, of Saginaw, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for The Gambia on Oct. 10 to begin training as a crop extension volunteer. Martinez will live and work at the community level to improve food security and promote improved production techniques. She will also assist local farmers in expanding their knowledge of crop quality control and teach the community sustainable agriculture practices.

“While serving in the Peace Corps, I hope to become more adaptable, understand a new language and foster my creativity,” said Martinez. Continue reading “Saginaw, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in The Gambia”

Ann Arbor residents begin Peace Corps service in Vanuatu

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Watching her seventh-grade science teacher in Troy, Mich., share photos and stories from his Peace Corps service ignited a desire in Alexis Cullen to join the Peace Corps herself one day. Some 15 years later, her dream is coming to fruition alongside her husband, Steven. The Ann Arbor residents will depart Jan. 23 to begin training in Vanuatu, where they will live and work at the community level during their 27-month international assignment.

As an English education volunteer, Steven, 27, will teach conversational and content-based English to middle- and high-school students. Alexis, 29, will help local health workers teach community members about maternal and child health, basic nutrition and sanitation, and other pressing health issues. Continue reading “Ann Arbor residents begin Peace Corps service in Vanuatu”

Ann Arbor, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo

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Mark Hanss, 23, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Togo June 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Hanss will make a difference assisting the Ministry of Health and other partners in improving and expanding community health education, especially in rural areas.

Hanss is a 2007 graduate of Community High School in Ann Arbor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., in 2012. While at Central Michigan, Hanss volunteered and made a difference in numerous service opportunities, including animal rescue operations in Costa Rica and Austin, Texas. His experiences helped prepare him for Peace Corps.  Continue reading “Ann Arbor, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo”

In college, Peace Corps, and career, Central Michigan alum makes a difference at home and abroad

Almost five years after completing her service as an English teaching volunteer in China and returning to America, Kari Hatfield still remembers the image from a recruitment video — a volunteer teaching the ABCs to children in Africa — that inspired her to serve in the Peace Corps. “As soon as I saw that, it just warmed my heart and I felt compelled, instantly, to apply,” said Hatfield, a native of Flint, Mich. She departed for service about six months after graduating from Central Michigan University in December 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Now working as a nurse in Augusta, Ga., Hatfield reflects on her experiences at CMU and in China, along with her goals for the future. Continue reading “In college, Peace Corps, and career, Central Michigan alum makes a difference at home and abroad”

Brighton, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Zambia

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Brandon Buck, soon to depart for Peace Corps, pets a bull on a farm where he volunteered in Oregon.

Brandon Buck, 26, of Brighton, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia Feb. 11 to begin training as a L.I.F.E (Linking Income, Food and Environment) volunteer. Buck will make a difference by helping increase income, food production, and agriculture business in his local community.

“I have always had an urge to join the Peace Corps,” Buck said. “It is one-of-a-kind experience, ‘the toughest job you will ever love.’”

Buck is the son of Jim and Bonnie Buck and a 2004 graduate of Brighton High School in Brighton, Mich. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree, double majoring in Logistics Management and Marketing, from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., in 2009. Continue reading “Brighton, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Zambia”

Lansing, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ghana

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“I feel ready for an immersion in insight, love, and local knowledge from local communities,” Boyd said. “Peace Corps service in Ghana will be a great opportunity to continue to learn and grow with my global neighbors.”

Boyd is the daughter of Bennie and Renee Boyd and a 2003 graduate of J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, Mich. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., in 2007.  Continue reading “Lansing, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ghana”