Alex Spencer, 25, of Rapid City, S.D., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana Feb. 1 to begin training as a community health volunteer. Spencer will live and work at the community level to make a difference promoting positive behavior changes. He will organize projects with the goal of improving maternal and child health, reducing cases of malaria, increasing knowledge on ways to prevent HIV/AIDS and improving water, sanitation and hygiene.
“I have been interested in joining the Peace Corps since I was 14 years old. When I was younger I viewed volunteers as heroes because they travel the world and help those who need it,” Spencer said. “However, as I have gotten older, I realize that even though I still want to help people around the world, I also have a desire to open my own perspective of life to the different cultures and people out there.” Continue reading “South Dakotan joins Peace Corps to gain new world perspectives”