Returned Peace Corps Volunteer returns to Liberia after Ebola outbreak

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After the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, Rebecca Monnier is getting her second chance at being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia.

The Bellevue, Nebraska, native departed June 6 for Liberia to begin her two-year service as an education volunteer. Monnier, 24, is actually returning to Peace Corps Liberia, having arrived in country nearly two years prior. However, after just seven weeks in country, the agency suspended its program due to the Ebola epidemic. Her service was over before it even started.

“Honestly from the moment I landed in the U.S., I knew I wanted to go back,” Monnier said. “After praying about it and starting the application several times I decided I really wanted to go back to Liberia and was willing to wait for the opportunity to go back.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps Volunteer returns to Liberia after Ebola outbreak”

Faribault, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps Response assignment in Liberia

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Miller, of Faribault, Minn., will depart Jan. 20 for a new position with Peace Corps Response, which matches returned volunteers and experienced professionals with short-term, high-impact assignments around the world.

Miller, 35, will make a difference working for 12 months in Liberia with a local nongovernmental organization that teaches young women sewing skills while also providing scholarships for schooling. The project provides income-generation opportunities and hands-on business experience as well as academic opportunities to the students. Continue reading “Faribault, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps Response assignment in Liberia”

Maysville, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Liberia

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James Mitchell Mercer, 21, of Maysville, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Liberia June 4 to begin training as an education volunteer. Mercer will make a difference teaching senior-level advanced science courses while also implementing extracurricular activities and projects.

“I knew I wanted to serve my country, study science, travel, and also become the change I want to see in the world,” Mercer said. “The Peace Corps seemed like the perfect fit.” Continue reading “Maysville, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Liberia”

For Ohio family with 8 returned Peace Corps volunteers, service is in the blood

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All three Nighswander siblings, pictured with their spouses, served in the Peace Corps. From left: Tom and Ruth Nighswander, returned health volunteers who served in Malawi; Alan and Sue Boyd, who served in Ethiopia; and Tim and Diane Nighswander. Tim served in Liberia.

Athens, Ohio, resident Sue Boyd says hers is a “Peace Corps family from the early days,” but that statement doesn’t do justice to her family’s remarkable Peace Corps tradition. In fact, the Boyd-Nighswander legacy of service spans decades, generations, and continents – and it could continue to grow. “Maybe we’ll have more volunteers in the generation coming up,” Sue said. “Who knows?”

Those future volunteers would join Sue and her two younger brothers, Tom and Tim Nighswander, all returned volunteers and Kent State University alums. The three siblings served with their spouses in Peace Corps in Africa decades ago. Sue and her husband, Alan, served in Ethiopia as English teaching volunteers from 1964-66.

“We were in the early days of Peace Corps, and we were called Kennedy’s Children,” Sue, 75, said. “So there was a sense of service to country, but also a sense of adventure and wanting to see and learn about a different part of the world.” Continue reading “For Ohio family with 8 returned Peace Corps volunteers, service is in the blood”