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”