Ottertail, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic

Spanswick_Dominican Republic
Jessica Spanswick (left) with her sister, Andrea Marthaler

Jessica Spanswick, 26, of Ottertail, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for the Dominican Republic on March 1 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Spanswick will live and work at the community level to help Dominican communities increase sustainable economic development opportunities. She will provide business management assistance in marketing, product and service development, and customer service.

Spanswick’s passion for service and desire to work in international development led her to the Peace Corps.  “I learned that I have a passion for helping people realize their potential,” she said.  “The joy I experienced when a tutee celebrated an A on her writing assignment, the pride I felt when someone mastered the math exercise — these feelings of ‘Wow, I love helping people succeed’ — became a guiding principle in my life after college.”

Continue reading “Ottertail, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic”

Minnesota resident chooses Peace Corps for its longer assignment, chance for better integration

Janlle Holte, center, pictured with her father Jim, mother Sandy, brother Brian and sister Emily at Janelle's May graduation from Augsburg College.
Janelle Holte, center, pictured with her father Jim, mother Sandy, brother Brian and sister Emily at Janelle’s graduation from Augsburg College in May 2014.

Janelle Holte, 23, of Aitkin, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 9 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Holte will make a difference working with her community to identify resources and agriculture projects that can be developed and implemented to generate income. She will also facilitate training in farm management and work with schools to enhance and expand environmental education.

“I love that Peace Corps is a 27-month program versus just one year,” Holte said. “This way I will really be able to immerse myself in the culture and become fluent in the language. I also love the volunteer support network in many major cities in the U.S. and the connections you have after returning home.” Continue reading “Minnesota resident chooses Peace Corps for its longer assignment, chance for better integration”

Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Krista Mastel

credited 2

Name: Krista Mastel
Country of Service: Mongolia, 2011-2014
Assignment: English Education, Health
Recruitment Territory: Northwest Minnesota, North Dakota

Why did you apply to the Peace Corps?
I joined the Peace Corps largely because I wanted to share my skills while traveling. With my background in anthropology I had an appreciation for diverse cultures but had yet to gain first-hand experience living and working abroad. Peace Corps gave me the opportunity to share my skills overseas while also allowing me to gain the cross-culture experience I was looking for. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Krista Mastel”

Cannon Falls, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Indonesia

Collins.Daniel_Indonesia

Daniel Collins, 24, of Cannon Falls, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Indonesia April 6 to begin training as an English teaching volunteer. Collins will live and work in a community teaching English to students, developing resources with teachers, and creating school-based projects.

“Peace Corps just seems to be the place I can make the most impact in the world at this point in my life,” Collins said. “Learning a new language and culture will give me a different way to look at the world.” Continue reading “Cannon Falls, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Indonesia”