S.D. native not ready to leave, extends Peace Corps for third year


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”

Meet your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Brian Green

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Name: Brian Green
Country of Service: Costa Rica, 2003-05
Assignment: Rural Community Development
Recruitment Territory: Minnesota, South Dakota

Why were you interested in serving?
I’ve always had a volunteering spirit. After studying abroad in Mexico, I developed a love for international travel as well. Once I learned that Peace Corps combined these two passions I was hooked.

What did you enjoy most about your country of service?
I was very close with my host family during the three months of training; they treated me like one of their own. It was a house filled with lots of love, food and jokes. Even after I moved away to officially start my two years of service, I often returned to visit them. My American family came to visit during my service, and I took them to meet my Costa Rican family. While my American family spoke no Spanish, it was obvious to them that I was in good hands.

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