Eagan, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Peru

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Jon Casurella, 22, of Eagan, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Peru May 6 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Casurella will live and work at the community level training and advising entrepreneurs and managers in business planning, marketing, financial management and product design.

“I joined Peace Corps for many reasons,” Casurella said. “I want to help people in true need and do what I can to help improve the local economy. I hope to gain a better understanding of global poverty and how to combat it.” Continue reading “Eagan, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Peru”

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”

Forest Lake, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania

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Megan Gooley, 22, of Forest Lake, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tanzania July 8 to begin training as a science education volunteer. Gooley will make a difference teaching science and integrating health and environmental education into lessons for secondary-school students.

Gooley is the daughter of Michael and Melanie Gooley and a 2009 graduate of Forest Lake High School. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2012.  Continue reading “Forest Lake, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania”

Menasha Peace Corps volunteer seeks donations for library in Guyana

When Peace Corps volunteer Ashley Borree started work at a school library near her village in rural Guyana, she thought the project would involve organizing books and creating a classroom schedule for students. But the Menasha, Wis., resident soon discovered that village residents had bigger goals in mind.

“After several meetings, the staff and community expressed great interest in the project and wanted to see it develop even further,” Borree, 26, said. “Many parents and teachers felt that one of the main factors contributing to the low literacy rates was that students were not getting the practice time needed to become fluent readers, due to the lack of resources and materials for the students to read at school and at home.”

Borree’s solution: to refurbish the library and fill it with new, age-appropriate books, games, and educational DVDs. A portion of the funds for the project will be raised through the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), which helps support Peace Corps volunteer community projects worldwide. Click here to donate to Borree’s project. Continue reading “Menasha Peace Corps volunteer seeks donations for library in Guyana”