Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine

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Taylor Reynolds, 25, of Toledo, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a community youth volunteer. Reynolds will work in local youth departments, social services centers, youth nongovernmental organizations, and after-school educational institutions to focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, preparing youth for work, and educating active citizens.  Continue reading “Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine”

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”

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”

OSU Peace Corps recruiter brings wisdom to campus

Gail Messick (center) served as a public health dental hygienist in St. Lucia from 1976-78. She served again in Swaziland from 2010-14. Now she is the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at The Ohio State University.
Gail Messick (center) served as a public health dental hygienist in St. Lucia from 1976-78. She served again in Swaziland from 2010-14 as a health volunteer. Now she is the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at The Ohio State University.

This year, students at The Ohio State University can take advantage of a new on-campus Peace Corps recruiter, Gail Messick, who has served in the Peace Corps not once – but twice. As the new recruiter on campus, she hopes to share her service experiences with interested students considering a similar path.

Messick and her husband, Mike Messick, served in St. Lucia in the East Caribbean from 1976-78. She worked as a public health dental hygienist and promoted dental health in schools and in the surrounding community while Mike worked as a business advisor and helped initiate marketing plans for the handicraft industry. Continue reading “OSU Peace Corps recruiter brings wisdom to campus”

Ohio native brings passion for agriculture to Peace Corps Paraguay

 

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Amber Sattelberg, 22, of Hudson, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay Sept. 22 to begin training as an agricultural extension volunteer. Sattelberg will live and work at the community level to assist farm families and individuals in understanding and implementing comprehensive sustainable food production systems which can be used both for increased consumption as well as income generation. She will also help community members identify resources and ways to address needs.

“Between my concern for improving global farming practices and my desire to increase my cultural competency, the Peace Corps was a natural next step to take after college graduation,” Sattelberg said. Continue reading “Ohio native brings passion for agriculture to Peace Corps Paraguay”

Ohio native hopes to share American culture as Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia

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Dara Doss, 26, of Aurora, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia June 29 to begin training as an English language facilitator volunteer. Doss will live and work at the community level improving secondary students’ English skills through classroom instruction, computer lab work and clubs, as well as fostering professional development for English teachers.

“The Peace Corps provides me with the opportunity to teach young people and continue my international educational experience,” Doss said. “I have chosen to serve in the Peace Corps in order to give back to my global community while having the support of an organization that is known worldwide for service.” Continue reading “Ohio native hopes to share American culture as Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia”

Ohio State Peace Corps recruiter receives agency’s Lillian Carter Award for commitment to service

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President Jimmy Carter, Jack Campbell, and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers at the Lillian Carter Awards in Atlanta.

Former President Jimmy Carter and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers presented the 2015 Lillian Carter Award to returned volunteer Jack Campbell, of Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday at a ceremony at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Campbell, 84, began service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji in 1989 at age 58 and completed a second assignment in Botswana from 1992-1994.

“From the very beginning, Peace Corps volunteers have entered service at all ages, from all walks of life,” Chambers said. “We’re so inspired by senior volunteers … who take the wisdom and skills they’ve acquired over their lifetime and share them so willingly with others, proving that it’s never too late to make a difference.” Continue reading “Ohio State Peace Corps recruiter receives agency’s Lillian Carter Award for commitment to service”