Marquette, Mich., native joins Peace Corps to find likenesses, differences among people

Crothers.Maija_MarquetteMaija 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”

Northern Michigan University earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

NMU alum Kaitlin McDonald of Allenton, Mich., served as an agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal from 2012-14.
NMU alum Kaitlin McDonald of Allenton, Mich., served as an agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal from 2012-14.

CHICAGO – Northern Michigan University climbed three spots on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top 25 volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. The school ranks No. 19 with 14 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 200 Northern Michigan graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Northern Michigan University earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

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”

Chicago resident begins Peace Corps service in Kosovo

Thomas Zurek of Chicago has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kosovo June 6 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Zurek will be among the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Kosovo, and he will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching English as a second language to secondary school students.

“I was inspired to join the Peace Corps by meeting former members, and I have a desire to do something positive in the world,” Zurek, 26, said. “I’m both excited and nervous at being the first group into Kosovo and believe there is even more responsibility to do well and work in a former war-torn county.” Continue reading “Chicago resident begins Peace Corps service in Kosovo”

Portage, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

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Cody Hough, 24, of Portage, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 20 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Hough will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English in middle and high schools, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“The Peace Corps attracted me because it was a way to do two things I truly love, travel and help others,” Hough said. “My biggest motivation is my grandmother; she had always taught me that no matter how bad I have it, someone somewhere else has it worse. It was this lesson that led me to volunteer as much as I did in college and post-graduation.” Continue reading “Portage, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”

Northern Michigan University places on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer Carly Hampton in Morocco.

CHICAGO – Northern Michigan University has made its debut appearance on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top 25 volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. With 17 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 22, jumping 25 spots from its position last year.

Over the agency’s history, 195 Northern Michigan graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Northern Michigan University places on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Ortonville, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Madagascar

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Monica Lambert, 25, of Ortonville, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Madagascar March 4 to begin making a difference as a rural environmental food security advisor. Lambert will live and work in a community to better manage and microfinance enterprises and implement sustainable agriculture design and techniques.

Lambert previously served with AmeriCorps Cape Cod participating in resource management, volunteer engagement, environmental education, and disaster preparedness.

“AmeriCorps Cape Cod gave me the necessary experience and skills I was lacking to be accepted into the Peace Corps,” she said.   Continue reading “Ortonville, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Madagascar”