After Peace Corps service, Twin Cities couple hope to continue making a difference with martial arts exchange program

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Peace Corps volunteer Jason Ritenour referees a martial arts match in his community in Vanuatu.

Over three years, Twin Cities natives Gaea Dill-D’Ascoli and Jason Ritenour made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers in Vanuatu with community health and sanitation work, computer classes, and youth development projects. Having completed their service before Christmas, the married couple are now traveling in southeast Asia but already are working on a new endeavor that could change the lives of children in their community for years to come – a martial arts exchange program that will bring students to the U.S. for training.

“We want to bring three youth to the U.S. for six months of training,” Dill-D’Ascoli said. “We chose two young women and one young man, in hopes that the women will continue to encourage and promote more girls and young women in the class. At the end of the six months, all of them will return to Vanuatu where they will teach classes.” Continue reading “After Peace Corps service, Twin Cities couple hope to continue making a difference with martial arts exchange program”