University of Wisconsin-La Crosse earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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Erin Fischer is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She is serving as an education volunteer in Ecuador.

CHICAGO – For the first time since 2009, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country, the agency announced today. The school ranks No. 20 with 14 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 261 UW-La Crosse graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-La Crosse earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg

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“People join Peace Corps for many, many reasons. My reasoning for joining was really quite selfish. I was so turned to Peace Corps knowing it would allow me to experience the ups and downs of living in a foreign land, to learn a new language, and to really explore the caverns of my shifty mind.”
– July 8, 2006, Jason Lemberg, Peace Corps Blog

Name: Jason Lemberg
Country of Service: Kyrgyz Republic, 2006-08
Assignment: Secondary English Education
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg”

Returned volunteer uses experiences in Peace Corps Morocco to create better understanding of Islam in U.S.

Katherine Gray served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.
Katherine Gray served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

One of Kate Gray’s favorite moments from her Peace Corps service in Morocco was celebrating Eid al-Adha, a major Islamic holiday. She and her husband, who served together, dressed in traditional clothing, helped prepare food for the celebration and spent the whole day with family, neighbors and friends feasting on meat and cake.

“There was always an air of excitement and joy on the first day,” Gray said. “Neighbors, friends and family would stop by or call, and we just sat around feasting on meat and sweets all day long. At the end of the day my husband and I would walk home and talk about how happy we were and how lucky we were to be integrated into such a wonderful family, community, and culture.” Continue reading “Returned volunteer uses experiences in Peace Corps Morocco to create better understanding of Islam in U.S.”

Verona, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Togo

Zoe Slattery pictured with her brother, Marcus.
Zoe Slattery pictured with her brother, Marcus.

Zoe Slattery, 25, of Verona, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Togo June 9 to begin training as a health volunteer. Slattery will live and work at the community level to teach English as a second language, organize extracurricular activities, and work with parents to create a supportive community for students.

“The idea of helping those who are in the most need inspired me to join Peace Corps,” Slattery said. Continue reading “Verona, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Togo”

Eat exotic fruits, train teachers, make a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador

DSCN1587Meet Erin, a Peace Corps volunteer making a difference as an English teacher trainer in Ecuador. Does her story sound like an experience you’d be suited for? We’re currently looking for the next generation of volunteers to fill this assignment. Learn more on our website and apply by July 1 if you’re ready to serve.

What Erin Fischer loves most about her Peace Corps job in Ecuador is that it’s a collaboration.

As a secondary education English teacher trainer, Fischer works with instructors to improve their methodology and teaching strategies. This allows her to not only touch the lives of her students but make an impact on the teachers, as well.

“Together we plan the classes, create activities, and teach the classes,” said Fischer, 27. “It is a powerful opportunity for the students and teachers alike. Most often in the first class I will model a technique or how to lead an activity, and the teacher will replicate it in the next class.” Continue reading “Eat exotic fruits, train teachers, make a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador”

International experience leads Poynette, Wis., resident to Peace Corps

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Katlyn Saley, 23, of Poynette, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Malawi March 2 to begin training as an environmental education volunteer. Saley will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about a variety of health issues, including nutrition, sanitation, malaria, community health, water, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS.

“In the past few years, I have been given the opportunity to go abroad and travel in Third World countries on a few different occasions,” Saley said. “It is in these countries that God continues to call me to help these parts of the world. It is because of that calling that I pursued the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “International experience leads Poynette, Wis., resident to Peace Corps”

Winneconne, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Panama

Shea.Logan_PanamaLogan James Shea, 24, of Winneconne, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Panama Feb. 19 to begin training as Peace Corps volunteer.

“I was originally attracted to apply to the Peace Corps for multiple reasons, specifically the ability to use my own skills and experiences to assist those in need on a larger, global scale,” he said.

Shea is the son of James and Brenda Shea and a 2007 graduate of Winneconne Community High School in Winneconne, Wis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2012.

“At UW-La Crosse I was taught theories and strategies to interpret the world, was taught the strength of confidence and how to achieve it, but beyond that, I was encouraged to experience as much of the larger world as possible,” Shea said. “The world of literature opened my eyes to people, cultures and experiences I had never imagined before, both in La Crosse and around the world. Without my education in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, I would not be as willing or as prepared to become a Peace Corps Volunteer.” Continue reading “Winneconne, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Panama”