Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica

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Theresa Kedinger, 29, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on February 20 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Kedinger will work at the community level to build one-on-one relationships with women, youth, and potential entrepreneurs. She will advise business, marketing, financial management, and product design plans, in addition to teaching literacy programs and facilitating business workshops.

“My mother got my sisters and I involved in volunteering at a very young age, and I have always enjoyed the experiences that each has offered,” Kedinger said. “Each encounter, whether it be with an organization itself, the people who work there, or the population that they are serving, has had an impact on who I am today. If I can make an impact, in even the smallest form, I am doing something good for the world, and that is important to me.” Continue reading “Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica”

St. Charles, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania

Dennis Sheehan hikes with his family in Arizona. From left to right: Collen Sheehan, his aunt Pat, Peace Corps volunteer Dennis Sheehan and his uncle Pat.
Dennis Sheehan hikes with his family in Arizona. From left to right: Collen Sheehan, his aunt Pat, Peace Corps volunteer Dennis Sheehan and his uncle Pat.

Dennis Sheehan, 22, of St. Charles, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tanzania on Feb. 7 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Sheehan will work at the community level to promote agricultural practices, raise awareness on environmental conservation practices and assist farmers on how to effectively manage their natural resources. He will also train farmers to use agricultural techniques that will improve overall crop production and encourage community members to establish vegetable gardens.

“With having recently graduated from college, I was very confused with the direction of my life,” said Sheehan. “My invitation to serve in the Peace Corps really was a beacon that encouraged and excited me.” Continue reading “St. Charles, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania”

Returned Peace Corps volunteer and Senegal native’s friendship flourishes 40 years later

Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Tony Ends and Hamidou Sakhanokho (above) met when Ends was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1975. Today, the two are still close as they reflect on their forty year friendship.
Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Tony Ends and Hamidou Sakhanokho (above) met when Ends was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1975. Today, the two are still close as they reflect on their forty year friendship.

When Hamidou Sakhanokho stares at the degrees that hang on the walls of his office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he thinks about his quest to the United States, his home village of Tourimé, Senegal, and the obstacles he has overcome. But one name always comes to mind as he reflects on his journey to success: returned Peace Corps volunteer Tony Ends.

“Besides my parents and siblings, my English teacher, Tony, is the person who influenced me the most,” said Sakhanokho, 55, a research plant molecular geneticist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Poplarville, Miss. “By American standards, Tony was by no means a rich person, and yet he was willing to send a plane ticket to a former student in Senegal and help educate him in the U.S. Thanks to his help, I was able to get an excellent education and subsequently a good job.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps volunteer and Senegal native’s friendship flourishes 40 years later”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Brett Heimann

Name: Brett Heimann
Country of Service: Togo, 2009-11
Assignment: Girls’ Education & Empowerment volunteer
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Brett Heimann”

Peace Corps recruiter offers University of Iowa students personalized guidance through application process

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University of Iowa students planning for the future should take advantage of a unique resource on campus this year: university-dedicated Peace Corps representative Meredith Mahy Gall. From her office in International Programs, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Gall is available to share her experience and accomplishments living and working abroad in a new culture, as well as help explain Peace Corps’ new application process. In under an hour, UI students can now apply to Peace Corps and choose the specific countries and assignments they’d like to be considered for, giving them greater control as they plan their careers and chart a path toward making a difference for others and themselves.

“Applicants can conveniently get in-person information, advice and encouragement for all stages of the Peace Corps application process from a campus recruiter,” said Gall, now in her fifth year as a Peace Corps recruiter at UI. “From getting advice as a freshman about what they can do to become a competitive applicant, to tips on the actual application, to getting ready to depart, I am a resource for students.”

Continue reading “Peace Corps recruiter offers University of Iowa students personalized guidance through application process”

University of Iowa Peace Corps recruiter shows students the personal, professional benefits of service

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Meredith Mahy Gall, at a game reserve in Botswana

University of Iowa students planning for the future should take advantage of a unique resource on campus this year: university-dedicated Peace Corps representative Meredith Mahy Gall. From her office in International Programs, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Gall is available to share her experience and accomplishments living and working abroad in a new culture, while helping students pursue their own path toward making a difference for others and themselves through Peace Corps service after graduation.

Gall is uniquely qualified to discuss the personal and professional benefits of Peace Corps service. For two years, she was culturally immersed in her local community in Botswana and worked as an English education volunteer. She also led a reading club at her school, worked with teachers to develop a welfare fund for needy students, and coordinated a three-day career development conference for girls in secondary school. Continue reading “University of Iowa Peace Corps recruiter shows students the personal, professional benefits of service”

For Senegal Peace Corps Volunteer, idea of service was planted at Marquette

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Marquette alum Vivian Hoke is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal.

Eight months into her two-year commitment, Peace Corps Volunteer Vivian Hoke is integrating  into her local community in Senegal and tackling important, sustainable agriculture projects alongside local farmers and counterparts. But her early success in West Africa can be attributed at least partly to experiences she had on the other side of the world at Marquette University. Continue reading “For Senegal Peace Corps Volunteer, idea of service was planted at Marquette”