Making a difference every day: Alpha Phi Alpha leads to Peace Corps service in Togo

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Kyree (left) with his host brothers in Togo.

Kyree Rollins has often been the first to accomplish most things in his life.

He was the first in his family to attend college. He was the first of his friends to map out a plan after graduation. He is a member of the first fraternity established for African-American men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. And in 2015, Rollins became the first male from his university to join the Peace Corps.

“Coming from the inner city, the Peace Corps is not something that’s common. It’s not something talked about or heard about,” said Rollins. “Most of our families stayed at home and don’t move around or travel much. The Peace Corps was a start for me. I was the second graduate from my university to join. I opened the door for many and showed them that this is an opportunity for us.” Continue reading “Making a difference every day: Alpha Phi Alpha leads to Peace Corps service in Togo”

Urbana, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Cambodia

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Brittany Baker (center) departed for Peace Corps service in Cambodia on July 14.

Brittany Baker, 22, of Urbana, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia on July 14 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher as part of the community’s TEFL program. Baker will work at the community level to teach English at the high school and middle school level. She will also lead and develop extracurricular activities to enhance the educational experience for youth in her community.

“The moment I was accepted to Peace Corps was one of the happiest moments of my life because this has been a 10-year journey,” said Baker. “Although I can’t put my finger on what exactly motivated me to join, I’ve always been a curious person and Peace Corps is a way for me to learn and explore.” Continue reading “Urbana, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Cambodia”

Kenyon College announces new Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps and Kenyon College have announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

Kenyon College students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in the fall semester of 2016.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Kenyon College can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Kenyon College announces new Peace Corps Prep Program”

Marysville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand

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Nathaniel Allen, 26, of Marysville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Swaziland June 16 to begin training as a youth development Volunteer. Allen will work at the community level to empower Swazi youth to become leaders in the community, build vocational skills, and lead healthy lives. Allen will also work at schools throughout the community to build relationships with youth and key leaders.

“Once I got my Peace Corps invitation, I immediately sent a screen shot of the invitation to my best friends. The rest of the day, I had the biggest smile on my face,” Allen said. “It was a surreal moment – that moment when you say to yourself, ‘You’re actually going to be serving in the Peace Corps in Africa.’” Continue reading “Marysville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand”

The Greater Mission: LGBTQ Volunteer’s Impact In Peace Corps

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David Church knew what volunteering in Namibia as a Peace Corps Volunteer meant.

Due to cultural perceptions of gay men, he knew that he may not be able to tell his new community members and new friends that he was dating a man. He knew that he could not walk hand-in-hand in his village with someone of the same sex. When questions emerged about his life in the U.S., he knew that he may have to leave some things out.

But David, 39, is not defined by his sexuality, and the impact he hoped to have on his Namibian village trumped all. For the first time, David learned what it meant to truly be selfless.

“Sexuality, for me, is just a small part of what makes up who I am,” David said. “Well into my service, a friend said that what I was doing was more important than anything else I had done before. I realized that being out wasn’t as important to my Peace Corps goals as I had thought it might be. My Peace Corps experience was bigger than me.” Continue reading “The Greater Mission: LGBTQ Volunteer’s Impact In Peace Corps”

Naperville, Illinois, resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo

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Austin Maggard (right) with his mother Masami Maggard (left). Austin will depart for Togo on June 8.

Austin Maggard, 22, of Naperville, Illinois, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Togo on June 8 to begin training as a secondary English teacher. Maggard will work at the community level to train new English teachers on techniques to employ in the classroom and create a community of practice among his counterparts in Togo. He will also work closely with the English and gender education project in collaboration with other volunteers to organize girls’ conferences, youth camps and vacation enterprise activities within his community.

“My grandfather put the idea in my head when I was a freshman at Miami University. He described the organization in magnificent ways and believed that I had the values that they look for in volunteers,” he said. “It is one of those things that I knew I would regret for the rest of my life if I did not at least apply. My motto is: ‘Life isn’t fair. So let’s make it fair.’ Rather than feel bad about the injustices and problems around the word, I would rather go out and make a difference.” Continue reading “Naperville, Illinois, resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo”

The Ohio State University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Peace Corps volunteers Dara Doss (left) and Ben Jenkins (right), both OSU alums, teach their students the OSU chant and stance during pre-service training.
Peace Corps volunteers Dara Doss (left) and Ben Jenkins (right), both OSU alums, teach their students the OSU chant and stance during pre-service training.

CHICAGO – For the fourth year in a row, The Ohio State University ranks in the top 10 on Peace Corps’ list of the top volunteer-producing large universities. Currently, 42 graduates from Ohio State are making a difference around the world as volunteers, putting the university at No. 10 on the agency’s 2016 list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,759 alums have served overseas, making The Ohio State University the tenth all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “The Ohio State University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”