Maija Crothers, 23, of Marquette, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Crothers will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about the need for health education. She 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.
“Travelling throughout my life, whether it was in the U.S. or internationally, I have been intrigued with different cultures compared to where I grew up,” Crothers said. “Whether it was accents or going to a bigger city and hearing all of the different languages, I have always thoroughly enjoyed each new place that I have traveled to and discovering how people are the same or different than myself. I am looking forward to learning from others that live in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Continue reading “Marquette, Mich., native joins Peace Corps to find likenesses, differences among people”