Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Krista Mastel

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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”

College of Saint Benedict makes first appearance on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer Kellianne Lauer in Armenia.

CHICAGO – The College of Saint Benedict makes its debut appearance on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top 25 volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 11 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 21, up 23 spots from its position last year.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 143 St. Ben’s graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “College of Saint Benedict makes first appearance on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Ramsey, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Cambodia

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Katelyn Johnson, 22, of Ramsey, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Johnson will make a difference working in a health center on projects related to maternal and child health and infectious disease prevention and treatment.

“Volunteering just felt natural, and the value I have placed on service is indescribable,” Johnson said. “Taking time off before going to medical school meant I needed experience too, and Peace Corps has all the values, expectations, cross-cultural experiences, and goals that I have for my volunteer work. It is a perfect fit.” Continue reading “Ramsey, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Cambodia”

In Peace Corps service in Cambodia, St. John’s alums find friendship while making a difference

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Tony Jensen and Evan Cobb

By offering classes that foster a global perspective and creating a culture of service-mindedness, St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., has inspired 232 alumni to serve in the Peace Corps since the agency was created in 1961. Coincidentally, two of the five St. John’s alumni currently in service departed on the same day, for the same assignment, in the same country, and together, they’re now making a difference in Cambodia.

Evan Cobb and Tony Jensen both graduated from St. John’s in May 2012 and departed for service just a few months later, in July. Cobb, of Becker, Minn., double-majored in Peace Studies and Psychology while at St. John’s. Jensen, of Marshall, Minn., earned his degree in History and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Although they weren’t close friends in college, Cobb and Jensen say the campus was small enough for them to share some connections – and one girlfriend. (Luckily, they didn’t date her at the same time, they’re both quick to clarify.) Interestingly, before Peace Corps, another overseas experience linked the volunteers. Continue reading “In Peace Corps service in Cambodia, St. John’s alums find friendship while making a difference”