Celebrating and sharing history and cultures – Peace Corps volunteer finds passion through service in Malawi

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When Nyassa Kollie’s father thinks about his childhood and the hurdles he overcame in pursuit of his education, he replays the voices of encouragement telling him that he could do anything, even earn a doctorate in chemistry. Similarly, when Kollie’s mother faced obstacles growing up, it was the voices of hope that prevailed and lifted her up, reminding her that her education mattered.

Those voices her parents heard belonged to Peace Corps volunteers.

Kollie, now a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, wouldn’t fully grasp the motivation that fueled her father’s passion for education, or of the love her mother had for the volunteers who defined her youth until years later. Continue reading “Celebrating and sharing history and cultures – Peace Corps volunteer finds passion through service in Malawi”

Zanesville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Malawi

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Amanda Stubbins, 25, of Zanesville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Malawi on June 14 to train as a secondary education English teacher as part of the community’s TEFL teaching program. Stubbins and other Peace Corps Volunteers will serve in response to the shortage of teachers in the Malawian community. Stubbins will teach English to ninth through 12th grade students in a rural secondary school .

“I found out I was accepted to the Peace Corps one morning after I had finished teaching my English class in Washington, DC. I received the e-mail and felt such excitement and relief when I learned of my acceptance,” Stubbins said. “It had been a long road of research, planning, essays, and an interview. I ran into the room of my friend, colleague, and fellow Peace Corps Volunteer, and we celebrated the news together.” Continue reading “Zanesville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Malawi”

Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Danny Livengood

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Name: Danny Livengood
Country of Service: Malawi, 2007-09
Assignment: Education
Recruitment Territory: Columbus, Ohio Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Danny Livengood”

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”

Canton, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Malawi

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Amber Furness, 25, of Canton, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Malawi March 2 to begin training as a natural resource management extension volunteer. Furness will live and work at the community level outside of a national park or forest reserve to improve use of local natural resources through forestry management and promoting better food security with soil and water management. Her possible projects include establishing and managing fruit trees, educating community members on improved cook stoves and encouraging composting, mulching, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, small scale irrigation and permaculture.

“I am excited to learn about new cultures and advance my knowledge of environmental management in a service-oriented position,” Furness said. “Connecting with the people of Malawi will mean new friendships and perspectives that I can share in the U.S. I know that this will be a unique, life-changing experience that I will always cherish.” Continue reading “Canton, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Malawi”

Superior native begins Peace Corps service in Malawi

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Anya Russom, 26, of Superior, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Malawi March 2 to begin training as an environmental education volunteer. Russom will live and work at the community level to assist communities where environmental issues are in conflict with basic needs for farming and income generation. Her projects will include educating youth on environmental issues, organizing environmental groups, promoting sustainable use of wildlife, forest or marine resources and developing income-generating activities for communities near protected areas.

“I have wanted to be in the Peace Corps for as long as I can remember,” Russom said. “I started travelling internationally when I was 15, and I never stopped. My times overseas have become increasingly impactful on my life, and the Peace Corps now seems like the natural next step. I am ready to welcome Malawi into my life and my heart.” Continue reading “Superior native begins Peace Corps service in Malawi”

With Camp Sky, Peace Corps volunteers show Malawian students a world without limits

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Eau Claire, Wis., native and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum Cam Stanley is teaming up with his fellow Peace Corps volunteers in Malawi this week to give 80 students a one-of-a-kind experience to learn, forge connections, and realize their own potential. Camp Sky, an educational camp designed to prepare students for the Malawi School Certificate Examination, has been an annual volunteer initiative for 10 years, but Stanley says this time, the mission goes further.

“Our motto for this year is, ‘The sky is not the limit,’” he said. “This is to emphasize that what they learn here should be taken with them and used and that anything is possible. We’re doing so much more to try to unlock their potential not only as students, but as human beings.” Continue reading “With Camp Sky, Peace Corps volunteers show Malawian students a world without limits”