Cleveland Peace Corps volunteer to discuss experiences in Ethiopia at Cleveland Heights Library

Gabrielle Gueye, center, is a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia.
Gabrielle Gueye, center, is a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia.

Peace Corps volunteer Gabrielle Gueye of Cleveland will share her stories and experiences living and working in Ethiopia at a special event Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Library, Lee Road Branch. Gueye, an English education volunteer who is home on leave, will discuss the personal and professional impacts of serving abroad to inspire others to consider Peace Corps.

Because friends and family play such an important role in a volunteer’s service, Gueye’s mother, Sandra Morgan, will also be on hand to answer questions, including how she stays connected with Peace Corps news and her daughter while she’s overseas.

“I was inspired to join Peace Corps by my passion for diversity and learning,” said Gueye, who arrived in Ethiopia in June 2013. “I wanted to develop and expand my global perspective and expose myself to something unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced.”  Continue reading “Cleveland Peace Corps volunteer to discuss experiences in Ethiopia at Cleveland Heights Library”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Annabel Khouri


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Elyria, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana

Milea.Alex_BotswanaAlexa Miles, 24, a native of Elyria, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana Aug. 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Miles will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching public health to primary and secondary school teachers. She will also assist local clinics with HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

“When I began learning about the Peace Corps I knew that it would be a great step for me both personally and professionally,” Miles said. “It is a great way to expand my knowledge of public health and to help hundreds of people.” Continue reading “Elyria, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana”

Promoting proper nutrition in Togo

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Ana Sigler with women who completed the health training in her Togo village.

Some malnourished babies in Togo are now healthier, thanks to the work of Peace Corps volunteer Ana Sigler and her Togolese colleague Adamou Tankoti.

Sigler was one of a handful of volunteers in Togo who participated in a bike tour throughout the country to train health workers. Katherine Ku, of Fair Oaks, Calif., organized two week-long rides through the West African nation and reached out to fellow volunteers to ride along and host trainings in their communities. Sigler, a Tallmadge, Ohio, resident before her service began in June 2013, knew this would be a great project for her local health clinic and asked Tankoti, a local farmer and well-respected man in the village, to help, allowing him to pick 10 women he believed would be most suitable for the training. Afterwards, the women then each trained 10 other women, completing eight programs and reaching 80 women.

“It was so wonderful to see so many women interested in the program and hear them talking about it for weeks,” said the 2011 Kent State University graduate. “Not to mention, we had quite a lot of babies gain weight as a result.” Continue reading “Promoting proper nutrition in Togo”

Key experiences at Kent State led Peace Corps volunteer to tackle malaria in Malawi

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Dan Marthey with community members in Malawi.

Massillon, Ohio, resident and Kent State University alum (Public Health, 2012) Dan Marthey is making a difference in Malawi as a Peace Corps health volunteer. Read on to learn about his work in malaria prevention, how Kent State put him on the path to a global health career, and his goals for the future. Continue reading “Key experiences at Kent State led Peace Corps volunteer to tackle malaria in Malawi”

Kent State alum finds new confidence with Peace Corps service in Togo

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Kent State University alum Ana Sigler graduated with her bachelor’s degree in conservation biology in 2011. We met the Tallmadge, Ohio, resident just before she departed to begin her Peace Corps service in June 2013. We checked in with her recently to see how her work as an environment action and food security volunteer is going.  Continue reading “Kent State alum finds new confidence with Peace Corps service in Togo”

Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in Ukraine returns home to Ohio on leave

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Peace Corps Volunteer Sarah Finnegan in Ukraine

Hudson, Ohio, resident Sarah Finnegan, a Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in Ukraine, returned home on leave this week to reconnect with loved ones and share her experiences living and working in a community overseas. It is her first trip back to the U.S. since departing for service in September 2012.

Finnegan, 28, will speak at a special recruitment event at Kent State University (Kent Student Center, Room 314, 1075 Risman Drive) on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. Applicants and others interested in learning more about Peace Corps are invited to attend and ask Finnegan questions about her service and day-to-day life in Ukraine. Cleveland-based Peace Corps recruiter Annabel Khouri, a returned volunteer who served in Kenya, will lead the event and can offer tips on strengthening one’s application to help secure a volunteer placement in 2014. More information is available here: http://www.peacecorps.gov/meet/events/5887/. Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in Ukraine returns home to Ohio on leave”