Minnesota couple departs for Peace Corps Ethiopia

Molly and Aaron Heit will depart to serve in Ethiopia on January 9th.
Molly and Aaron Heit will depart to serve in Ethiopia on January 9th.

Aaron Heit, 28, of Blaine, Minn., and his wife Molly Heit, 28, of Andover, Minn., have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia on Jan. 9. The couple will live and work at the community level to train local farmers on improved farming practices for sustainable living. The couple, both serving as environmental education volunteers, will also work with community members on small-scale gardening projects, reforestation trainings and watershed protection projects.

“Our motivations for serving with the Peace Corps have evolved and grown,” Aaron Heit said. “We don’t know how to provide one simple answer as to what calls us to serve, but we want to utilize our science teaching skills in diverse settings and to give back to our country by extending the hand of friendship. Together we will be collecting the moments one by one.” Continue reading “Minnesota couple departs for Peace Corps Ethiopia”

Helenville, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Tonga

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Katelyn Lange, 25, of Helenville, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga Sept. 3 to begin training as an education volunteer. Lange will make a difference teaching English to primary students, in addition to working on after-school projects and helping teachers introduce new classroom methodologies.

“The Peace Corps offers the opportunity to travel to another country and integrate into a community,” Lange said. “You get to learn a language, participate in local customs, and meet amazing people, all while working towards the betterment of the global community.” Continue reading “Helenville, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Tonga”

Oshkosh, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in China

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Forest Kirschbaum, 25, of Oshkosh, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China June 27 to begin training as an education volunteer. Kirschbaum will live and work in a community to teach English as a second language.

“The Peace Corps will hopefully be a great adventure, and I will be able to give back to another community by teaching English,” he said.

Kirschbaum is the son of Loretta Gerhard and Eugene Kirschbaum and a 2007 graduate of Oshkosh North High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2010 and earned a master’s degree in environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., in 2012.

“College prepared me for Peace Corps because I was away from home in a new place,” he said. “Also, my teachers inspired me to explore.” Continue reading “Oshkosh, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in China”

Green Bay resident begins Peace Corps service in Malawi

MencheskiRachel_MalawiRachel Marie Mencheski, 22, of Green Bay, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Malawi March 5 to begin training as a community forestry and parks extension volunteer. Mencheski will make a difference by expanding sustainable forestry initiatives and working to promote sustainable uses of resources.

“The biggest factor that contributed to my decision to become a volunteer is that I want to help those in need through all the things that I have learned, as well as learn and teach each other about our cultures,” she said.

Mencheski is the daughter of Julie Klarner and Raymond Mencheski and a 2008 graduate of West High School in Green Bay. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 2012.  Continue reading “Green Bay resident begins Peace Corps service in Malawi”