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”

Hettinger, N.D., resident begins Peace Corps service in Fiji

Jamie Lynn Rosencrans, 32, of Hettinger, N.D., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Fiji Sept. 3 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Rosencrans will make a difference collaborating with the Ministry of Health on existing health programs, focusing on research on diabetes and heart disease and the promotion of water sanitation and hygiene practices.

“My personal opinion is that, for better or worse, the privileges and opportunities I have been granted in life by being born and educated in America require that I have a particularly strong obligation to give back, not only in my local community, but in my global community,” Rosencrans said. Continue reading “Hettinger, N.D., resident begins Peace Corps service in Fiji”

Cold Spring, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Nicaragua

SkluzacekTracy_NicaraguaTracy Skluzacek, 22, of Cold Spring, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Nicaragua March 5 to begin training as a business development volunteer. Skluzacek will make a difference by providing small business and entrepreneurship education in her community.

Skluzacek has travelled to Kenya, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala, and interned in Mexico City as an English educator.

“These experiences, along with an innate desire to learn from different cultures and positively impact international relations, inspired me to join the Peace Corps,” she said. “It’s my opportunity to give back.”

Skluzacek is the daughter of David and Wendy Skluzacek and a 2009 graduate of Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minn. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international business in 2012.  Continue reading “Cold Spring, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Nicaragua”

Rush City, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Zambia

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Camillia Freeland-Taylor, 22, of Rush City, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia Feb. 11 to begin training as a L.I.F.E (Linking Income, Food and Environment) volunteer. Freeland-Taylor will make a difference by helping increase income, food production, and agriculture business in her local community.

“I think it was the combination of getting to travel, learn a new language, and help people all at the same time that attracted me to become a Peace Corps volunteer,” Freeland-Taylor said.

Freeland-Taylor is the daughter of Gary Freeland and Sara Taylor and a 2008 graduate of Rush City High School in Rush City, Minn. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and Business from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in 2012.  Continue reading “Rush City, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Zambia”