Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

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Name: Bryce Rinkenberger
Country of Service: Paraguay, 2011-2013
Assignment: Agriculture
Recruitment Territory: West Michigan Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger”

Peace Corps, Western Michigan University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps and Western Michigan University have announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

Western Michigan University students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in Spring Semester 2016.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Western Michigan University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps, Western Michigan University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program”

Canton, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Panama

Roxana Gamble, pictured with her parents  Robbyn and Keith Gamble.
Roxana Gamble, pictured with her parents Robbyn and Keith Gamble.

Roxana Gamble, 22, of Canton, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Panama Feb. 24 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Gamble will live and work at the community level teaching conversational English and English as a Foreign Language in addition to co-teaching, sharing resources, and developing instructing materials with local teachers.

“I’ve always wanted to use the knowledge and skills I’ve gained in my life to empower people who haven’t been as privileged as I have,” Gamble said. “In my past experiences, helping people grow and realize the possibilities within themselves is the most rewarding work. I’m also fascinated by other cultures and am excited to spend the next two years really getting to know what life is like in Panama.” Continue reading “Canton, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Panama”

Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., ranks No. 3 per capita among metro areas in producing Peace Corps volunteers

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Peace Corps Volunteer Beth Walton Braaksma heps her neighbors dry beans in Rwanda.

CHICAGO — With 11 local residents currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., ranks No. 3 this year among metropolitan areas for producing the most Peace Corps volunteers, per capita.

Holland-Grand Haven generated 9.82 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 residents. By comparison, the state of Michigan produces 2.7 Peace Corps volunteers per capita.

Michigan is No. 9 among states in total number of current Peace Corps volunteers, with 271 of its residents making a difference in communities overseas. Continue reading “Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., ranks No. 3 per capita among metro areas in producing Peace Corps volunteers”

Michigan ranks No. 9 on Peace Corps’ 2013 list of top volunteer-producing states

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Peace Corps Volunteer Beth Walton Braaksma of Holland, Mich., with children in her community in Rwanda.

CHICAGO — Michigan again this year ranks among the top-producing states for Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 271 Peace Corps volunteers call Michigan home, making it No. 9 among all states in 2013.

Within Michigan, the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area, which is home to 86 active Peace Corps volunteers, is No. 15 among metropolitan areas nationwide in total Peace Corps volunteers produced.

Additionally, two smaller Michigan metro areas were recognized for their high volunteer numbers. Holland-Grand Haven generated 11 volunteers last year, or 9.82 volunteers for every 100,000 residents. It ranks third among all metro areas, per capita. Ann Arbor placed seventh on the per capita list, with 29 residents serving as volunteers. That city produces more than eight volunteers for every 100,000 residents. Continue reading “Michigan ranks No. 9 on Peace Corps’ 2013 list of top volunteer-producing states”