Cleveland Peace Corps volunteer will share experiences in Indonesia at recruitment event


Rayna Rogers of Cleveland has volunteered throughout her life, both at home and abroad. As a student at the University of Dayton, she was inspired by the school’s motto, “Learn, Lead, Serve,” and volunteered with a service project called Wheels for Kids. “Applying to Peace Corps made perfect sense,” said Rogers, who earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in 2007.

Now Rogers, 31, is making a difference as a high school English teacher in Indonesia. She expects to finish her service in 2016 and then plans to attend graduate school. But this month, Rogers is at home on leave — and getting a head start on Peace Corps’ Third Goal, which encourages volunteers to share their international experiences with Americans. She will attend a Peace Corps recruitment event at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library – Brooklyn Branch (4480 Ridge Road, Cleveland, Ohio). Attendees can hear from Rogers about her day-to-day life in Indonesia and learn about Peace Corps’ application process from recruiter Annabel Khouri. For more information about the event, contact Annabel at

Medina, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Costa Rica


Laura Elizabeth Getz, 24, of Medina, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica July 8 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Getz will live and work in a community to help teach at-risk youth about healthy lifestyles, HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition, and employability skills.

“My passion for helping others and commitment to make the world a better place motivated me to serve,” she said. “I believe strongly in the Peace Corps mission to promote peace.”

Getz is the daughter of Jim and Terrie Getz and a 2007 graduate of Medina Senior High School, where she was active on the cross-country and lacrosse teams. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Human Rights in 2011 and earned a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013.  Continue reading “Medina, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Costa Rica”