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”

From Peace Corps to Congress, Driehaus commits career to service

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When Steve Driehaus’ term as a U.S. Representative for Ohio ended, he knew it was time for him to return to the field of international development along with the agency and continent that launched his career. It was time for him to go back to Peace Corps and back to Africa.

Driehaus has spent most of his life serving others, both as a Peace Corps volunteer and member of Congress. Now, he continues to make a difference in the lives of Americans and people abroad leading and managing the Peace Corps program in Swaziland as country director.

Growing up in Cincinnati, Driehaus’ parents imparted a passion and expectation of helping others. He later became interested in international travel while studying in Luxembourg during his junior year at Miami University of Ohio and wanted to live in a developing country to really experience its culture. Peace Corps was an ideal fit for him.

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Ohio couple begins Peace Corps service in Morocco

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Matthew Stuckey, 26, of Perrsyburg, Ohio, and his wife Anne Stuckey, 25, of Ashland, Ohio, have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco Jan. 12 to begin training as English education volunteers. The Stuckeys will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching English in middle and high schools while also developing and sharing instructional materials with local teachers. Additionally, they will participate in projects based in the school and community.

“Anne and I knew we wanted to go overseas because of our love for other cultures, and we were attracted to the Peace Corps because of the training and support they provide, as well as their excellent reputation,” Matthew said. Continue reading “Ohio couple begins Peace Corps service in Morocco”

Columbus native prepares to make a difference with Peace Corps in Peru

Hackbarth.Jamie_PeruJamie Hackbarth, 22, of Columbus, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Peru Sept. 10 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Hackbarth 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 participated in short mission trips in high school at an orphanage in Honduras, which motivated me to seek a career in the not-for-profit sector and attracted me to the Peace Corps,” Hackbarth said. “It also motivated me to pursue my goal of working abroad and challenge myself to give back and also grow as a global citizen.” Continue reading “Columbus native prepares to make a difference with Peace Corps in Peru”

West Chester, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay

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Tom Hunter, 24, of West Chester, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay Sept. 25 to begin training as an agriculture volunteer. Hunter will make a difference helping small-scale farmers and families increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices.

“I wanted an adventure and to make a positive, lasting impact in a developing community,” Hunter said. Continue reading “West Chester, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay”

Trenton, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines

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Rickey Larkin, 23, of Trenton, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Philippines July 5 to begin training as an education volunteer. Larkin will make a difference teaching conversational and content-based English to middle- and high-school students.

The idea that I could be a part of a larger group dedicated to helping others motivated me to join,” Larkin said. “My goals are to help fulfill the needs of my host country and to better myself as an educator.”

Larkin is the son of Darlene and Rick Larkin and a 2008 graduate of Edgewood High School in Trenton. He then attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned an Associate of Arts and Science in Computer Information Technology in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Humanities in 2012.  Continue reading “Trenton, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines”

Westlake, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in China

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Krysta Marie Falasca, 23, of Westlake, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China June 27 to begin training as an education volunteer. Falasca will make a difference teaching English as a foreign language at a Chinese university.

“The Peace Corps has been a long-time goal of mine,” Falasca said. “Since before high school, I can remember talking about becoming a volunteer.”

Falasca is the daughter of Don Falasca and Cindy Sikora and a 2008 graduate of Westlake High School. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics in 2012. With 28 alumni currently serving overseas, Miami University ranks No. 11 on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top midsized colleges in producing volunteers, and the school’s culture of service helped motivate Falasca.

“Miami always pushed me to fulfill my dreams, and the Peace Corps is one of my biggest,” she said. Continue reading “Westlake, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in China”