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

Mooridan_Cross.ZambiaCross Mooradian, 24, of Troy, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia June 8 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Mooradian will live and work at the community level to teach English as a second language, using innovative teaching methodologies, and organize extracurricular activities.

“The Peace Corps offers me the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of those far less fortunate, while I receive life changing experiences of my own,” Mooradian said. Continue reading “Troy, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Zambia”

Oakland University grad departs for Peace Corps Paraguay

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Alex Morton, 22, of Muskegon, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay March 2 to begin training as a community services volunteer. Morton will live and work at the community level to organize projects focusing on education, youth development, health, environment and business. She will work with municipalities, cooperatives, schools, non-governmental organizations, neighborhood commissions and other organizations to help the community evaluate and address its needs.

“I was motivated to serve in the Peace Corps to help others in need,” Morton said. “I also hope to use my experiences in Paraguay to educate others in the community about other cultures and the need in some of these communities.” Continue reading “Oakland University grad departs for Peace Corps Paraguay”

Meet your Peace Corps Recruiter: Michael Gall

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Name: Michael Gall
Country of Service: Micronesia, 2007-09
Assignment: Teaching English as a Second Language & Community Development Resource
Recruitment Territory: East Michigan

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Troy, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Samoa

Robert Puskarz, 25, of Troy, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Samoa Oct. 1 to begin training as an education volunteer. Puskarz will make a difference teaching English to primary school students. He will also assist teachers in building their skills through co-teaching and the exchange of ideas, methods and techniques.

Puskarz is the son of Mitchell and Monika Puskarz of Troy. In 2011, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  Previous to Peace Corps, he taught English as a Second Language for Avondale School District as a tutor and substitute teacher. Continue reading “Troy, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Samoa”

Former ESL teacher brings skills to Peace Corps Samoa

Robert Puskarz, 25, of Troy, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Samoa Oct. 1 to begin training as an education volunteer. Puskarz will make a difference teaching English to primary school students. He will also assist teachers in building their skills through co-teaching and the exchange of ideas, methods and techniques.

Puskarz is the son of Mitchell and Monika Puskarz of Troy. In 2011, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  Previous to Peace Corps, he taught English as a Second Language for Avondale School District as a tutor and substitute teacher. Continue reading “Former ESL teacher brings skills to Peace Corps Samoa”

Lake Orion, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana

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Shayna Hodge, 24, a native of Lake Orion, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana Aug. 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Hodge will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching health and assisting community groups with HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Hodge is the daughter of Karen and Wayne Hodge of Lake Orion, and a 2008 graduate of Lake Orion High School. She attended Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Mich., and graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in gender and women’s studies. During her senior year, she studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

“Studying abroad in a foreign country prepared me for the Peace Corps because it taught me how to understand another culture and adapt to changes that were extremely diverse compared to where I had come from in Michigan,” Hodge said. “I was in Tel Aviv during the 2012 missile crises, and enduring that and learning about a real conflict helped me understand the importance of helping in other countries. That experience empowered me to join the Peace Corps, no matter where I would serve.” Continue reading “Lake Orion, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana”