A shared dream: sister follows brother into Peace Corps service

Helen (left) will begin her Peace Corps service in Vanuatu on Jan. 21. Her brother Joseph (right) is currently serving as a youth development volunteer in Ecuador.
Helen (left) will begin her Peace Corps service in Vanuatu as a hygiene education and water sanitation volunteer on Jan. 21. Her brother Joseph (right) is currently serving as a youth development volunteer in Ecuador.

Siblings share many things throughout childhood, from hand-me-downs, to toys, to rooms and last names. But Helen and Joseph Amiri of Marquette, Mich., had something bigger in common: the dream to grow up and depart for the Peace Corps.

On Jan. 21, both siblings can check that dream off their bucket list as Helen will follow in her younger brother’s footsteps as she departs for Peace Corps in Vanuatu.  Helen, 27, will serve as a hygiene education and water sanitation volunteer and assess her community’s health needs and use local resources to implement healthy water and sanitation practices. She will also work with community health committees and health centers to improve and strengthen Vanuatu’s current healthcare system. Continue reading “A shared dream: sister follows brother into Peace Corps service”

Peace Corps and Michigan Tech University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and Michigan Technological University have launched a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. The partnerships with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences bring the total number of Coverdell Fellows programs available at Michigan Tech to five.

All Coverdell Fellows complete internships in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with Michigan Tech to support our returned volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and Michigan Tech University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Michigan Tech student, S.D. native to serve in Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic

Peace Corps Masters International House at Michigan Tech.  Clockwise from the top left: Sam Clair, a current volunteer in Peru; Cole Bedford; Jomara Laboy, an invitee for Cameroon; and Eduardo Cabret, an RPCV from The Gambia and Lesotho
Peace Corps Masters International House at Michigan Tech. Clockwise from the top left: Sam Clair, a current volunteer in Peru; Cole Bedford; Jomara Laboy, an invitee for Cameroon; and Eduardo Cabret, an RPCV from The Gambia and Lesotho

Cole Bedford, 23, of Sturgis, S.D., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Bedford will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about the need for health education. He will work with community leaders and peer educators to teach families and youth about basic nutrition and sanitation, prevention of non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, and prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Continue reading “Michigan Tech student, S.D. native to serve in Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Brett Heimann

Name: Brett Heimann
Country of Service: Togo, 2009-11
Assignment: Girls’ Education & Empowerment volunteer
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Brett Heimann”

Michigan Technological University Remains the Nation’s Top Peace Corps Master’s International Graduate School

CHICAGO, May 7, 2014– Michigan Technological University ranks as the No. 1 Peace Corps Master’s International university nationwide for the ninth consecutive year. With 32 Master’s International graduate students currently making a difference as Peace Corps volunteers, Michigan Tech has earned the top spot on the 2014 rankings of Peace Corps Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.

The Peace Corps’ Master’s International program allows students to incorporate Peace Corps service as credit into their graduate degree, and the Coverdell Fellows Program provides returned Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, internships in underserved American communities, and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service. Continue reading “Michigan Technological University Remains the Nation’s Top Peace Corps Master’s International Graduate School”

Plymouth, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso

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Kristine Nachbor, 23, of Plymouth, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Burkina Faso on June 1 to begin training as a science education volunteer. Nachbor will make a difference living and working in a community to integrate health and environmental education into the school curriculum, while supporting activities such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education.

Nachbor is participating in Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows her to earn her master’s degree and complete her Peace Corps service simultaneously. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in biological science at Michigan Technological University, the top Peace Corps Master’s International school in the country.

“I decided to do the Master’s International program because I felt that a lot of other master’s programs were very removed from the actual people and communities,” Nachbor said. “I wanted to conduct research that could directly and immediately impact those I was working for and with in the community.” Continue reading “Plymouth, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso”

Michigan Technological University Remains Top Peace Corps Master’s International Graduate School Nationwide

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Wade Aitken-Palmer, of Kansas City, Mo., is among the 35 Michigan Technological University Master’s International students currently combining Peace Corps service with a graduate degree. He has been serving as a science teacher volunteer in Ghana since June 2012 and is pursuing a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MTU.

CHICAGO, May 7, 2013– Michigan Technological University ranks as the No. 1 Peace Corps Master’s International university nationwide for the eighth consecutive year. With 35 Master’s International graduate students currently making a difference as Peace Corps Volunteers, Michigan Tech has earned the top spot on the 2013 rankings of Peace Corps Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.

The Peace Corps’ Master’s International program allows students to incorporate Peace Corps service as credit into their graduate degree, and the Coverdell Fellows Program provides returned Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, internships in underserved American communities, and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service. Continue reading “Michigan Technological University Remains Top Peace Corps Master’s International Graduate School Nationwide”