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

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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 akhouri@peacecorps.gov.

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

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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”