South Dakotan joins Peace Corps to gain new world perspectives

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Alex Spencer, left, pictured with his nephew Christian Dewolfe and older brother Matt Dewolfe.

 

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”

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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