When Casey Ortbahn’s Peace Corps service in Mozambique was nearing its end, he realized he wasn’t ready to leave.
The typical Peace Corps service is 27 months, but volunteers who have a desire to do more and to stay in their host countries are able to extend their service. Ortbahn, a native of Pierre, S.D., began serving as an education volunteer in 2012 in Mozambique and has decided to continue through January 2016.
“I’ve gotten to the point where I finally have a grip on the Portuguese, I’m comfortable teaching, I have meaningful relationships with my students, colleagues and community members, and to pack up and leave at this point just seems premature,” Ortbahn said. Continue reading “S.D. native not ready to leave, extends Peace Corps for third year”