Alma, Kansas, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Morocco

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Kayla Anderson, 26, of Alma, Kansas, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco on September 21 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher. Anderson will work at the community level to teach lifestyle, leadership, employability and entrepreneurship skills to youth within women and youth centers throughout her town.

“I’ve searched for quite some time for an organization that I could develop professionally, socially, mentally, and physically and I’m always led back to the Peace Corps,” Anderson said.“I’ve known since I was 14 years-old that I would apply for the Peace Corps. The more I learned about different cultures and global issues in my international studies classes, the more I realized how badly I wanted to help other cultures thrive with the skills I possessed.”

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Grad student inspires next generation of Peace Corps volunteers at U-M

Molly Green (far right) served as a community health volunteer in Morocco from 2011-13. Now she is one of the on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at the University of Michigan.

Molly Green (far right) served as a community health volunteer in Morocco from 2011-13. Now she is one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at the University of Michigan.

Having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, University of Michigan graduate student Molly Green knows first-hand how service work can change one’s life. Now, she is using those experiences and lessons to help other students see their future with Peace Corps.

Green, who is working towards a master’s degree in public health, joins Benjamin Morse, a dual-degree graduate student, as an on-campus Peace Corps recruiter. U-M students interested in Peace Corps have the unique opportunity to work with Green and Morse to find a program and country that fits their skills and experience and receive guidance that will make them standout in the competitive application process.   Continue reading “Grad student inspires next generation of Peace Corps volunteers at U-M”

Grad Student Builds Peace Corps Culture at WIU

Jake Hamilton (center) served in Morocco from 2013-15 as an economic and community development volunteer. He is now the new on-campus recruiter at Western Illinois University.
Jake Hamilton (center) served in Morocco from 2013-15 as an economic and community development volunteer. He now works as the on-campus recruiter at Western Illinois University.

Jake Hamilton didn’t quite know what to expect when he moved across the world to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Yet, the calling to serve others surpassed any fears he might have had.

“The Peace Corps is a challenge that one can only be fully prepared for by doing it,” said the Pekin, Ill. native. “That is part of the fun and growing experience.” Continue reading “Grad Student Builds Peace Corps Culture at WIU”

UW-Madison led alum to new goals, including serving with Peace Corps

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Veronica Hutton-Okpalaeke, 22, of Markesan, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco Jan. 12 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Hutton-Okpalaeke will live and work at the community level to make a difference with youth and assisting in programs that focus on leadership, life skills, employ-ability, healthy lifestyles, and volunteering.

“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps because they offer individuals a chance to expand their perspectives and work hand in hand with individuals they otherwise would never have the opportunity to meet,” said Hutton-Okpalaeke. “I was also attracted to the length of service. While other volunteer programs last for a week or so, the two year commitment I believe allows for a real understanding of a new culture and incorporation into the community in which volunteers are staying.”  Continue reading “UW-Madison led alum to new goals, including serving with Peace Corps”

Ohio couple begins Peace Corps service in Morocco

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Matthew Stuckey, 26, of Perrsyburg, Ohio, and his wife Anne Stuckey, 25, of Ashland, Ohio, have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco Jan. 12 to begin training as English education volunteers. The Stuckeys will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching English in middle and high schools while also developing and sharing instructional materials with local teachers. Additionally, they will participate in projects based in the school and community.

“Anne and I knew we wanted to go overseas because of our love for other cultures, and we were attracted to the Peace Corps because of the training and support they provide, as well as their excellent reputation,” Matthew said. Continue reading “Ohio couple begins Peace Corps service in Morocco”

Peace Corps gives Michigan State alum opportunity to travel, contribute skills

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Jacqueline Mullen, 22, of Harrisville, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco Jan. 12 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Mullen will live and work at the community level to make a difference working with youth and the community.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted to travel abroad and learn as much as I could about people and places outside of my own country before returning to continue with my studies and choose a career,” Mullen said. “The Peace Corps allows me to do that while contributing some of my own skills in return.” Continue reading “Peace Corps gives Michigan State alum opportunity to travel, contribute skills”

White Lake, Mich., native hopes to create positive change as Peace Corps volunteer

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Jamie Kreindler, 22, of White Lake, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco Jan. 12 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Kreindler will live and work at the community level to make a difference developing and leading program’s at women’s and youth centers.

“It has been my dream to join the Peace Corps for seven years,” Kreindler said. “I am attracted to the Peace Corps for the opportunity to better the lives of others, learn about different cultures, grow as a global leader, and create positive change in the world.” Continue reading “White Lake, Mich., native hopes to create positive change as Peace Corps volunteer”