Springfield, Ill., native reaches goal to teach abroad with Peace Corps

Kimberleigh Griffin, center, with her friends Hannah and Kate.
Kimberleigh Griffin, center, with her friends Hannah and Kate.

Kimberleigh (Kimber) Griffin, 23, of Springfield, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia June 29 to begin training as a secondary education English volunteer. Griffin will live and work at the community level to improve students’ English through classroom instruction, computer lab work and clubs, as well as foster professional development for English teachers.

“I was attracted to the Peace Corps with the idea that I would be able to pursue a lifelong dream of teaching English abroad,” Griffin said. “Our mission of world peace and friendship is a goal I deeply believe in and am excited to promote. I was attracted to the diversity and cultural differences that each sector has, and to be able to expand my understanding of human relations. I am looking forward to first-hand experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, and immersing myself in a new environment.” Continue reading “Springfield, Ill., native reaches goal to teach abroad with Peace Corps”

Retired Missouri native joins Peace Corps to expand her world

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Linda Stewart, 66, of Florissant, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia June 29 to begin training as an English language specialist volunteer. Stewart will live and work at the community level to improve students’ English through classroom instruction, computer lab work and clubs, as well as foster professional development for English teachers. She will also work with teachers and student teachers to strengthen ties between schools and colleges where teachers are being educated.

Stewart received her bachelor’s in English in 1988 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and then her master’s in communications in 2000 from Lindenwood University. Previously, she worked for the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a coordinator for alumni relations, Urban Strategies as director of communications and training, and St. Louis Community College as interim manager of continuing education. She retired in 2011 but teaches part-time at St. Louis Community College.

“I spent most of my working life in jobs that required extensive travel, primarily in the U.S. and sometimes in Europe and Canada,” she said. “Though I love my part-time retirement job as college faculty, I needed to expand my world. The Peace Corps gives me an opportunity to live another culture and see the world from another perspective.”   Continue reading “Retired Missouri native joins Peace Corps to expand her world”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Joe Zucchini

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Name: Joe Zucchini
Country of Service: Micronesia, 1990-92; Zambia 1997-99
Assignment: Education; Water/Sanitation
Recruitment Territory: St. Louis, Mo. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Joe Zucchini”

Illinois resident brings psychology background to Peace Corps Fiji

Pennock.Madeleine_FijiMadeleine Pennock, 27, of Centralia, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Fiji Sept. 2 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Pennock will live and work at the community level to make a difference raising awareness about the need for health education through a variety of activities, such as identifying local leaders to teach families about maternal and child health and organizing trainings on nutrition, sanitation and oral re-hydration therapy.

“I have aspired to join the Peace Corps ever since I was a little girl,” she said. “I was motivated to join because of my desire to help people who are less fortunate than me. I am also excited to be able to travel to places I may never get to travel to otherwise. I have no doubt that it will be the best decision I will ever make.” Continue reading “Illinois resident brings psychology background to Peace Corps Fiji”

Lindenwood University alum begins Peace Corps service in Armenia

Daniel Bedell, 25, of Saint Peters, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Bedell will make a difference conducting community outreach and needs assessments and developing projects that focus on education, youth development, health, the environment and business.

“I am motivated to join the Peace Corps because of my desire to serve others and to experience another part of the world,” he said. Continue reading “Lindenwood University alum begins Peace Corps service in Armenia”