Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students

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With a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of California Los Angeles, Allie Simpson is ready to inspire the next generation of Peace Corps Volunteers as the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter. After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Simpson departed for the Peace Corps in 2013 and served as a HIV outreach project Volunteer in South Africa until 2015.

Now, Simpson embarks on her first year of graduate school at Wash U, where she is studying social work with a concentration in children, youth and families, specializing in system dynamics.

“After studying international development for four years in college, I was tired of learning about the failures in development on a large-scale, so I wanted to get involved on a smaller scale, working in partnership with a community to understand their needs and help make a change,” Simpson said. “I believed the Peace Corps’ method was the most sustainable and effective way to make a difference. I was also obsessed with adventure and learning new cultures and couldn’t resist applying.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students”

The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later

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Lynne Newlon launched her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland when she was 21. After retiring thirty-seven years later, Newlon is returning to the Peace Corps and will serve in a South African community less than two hours from where she served in 1979.

At her retirement party, Lynne Newlon thought she was saying goodbye to her 30-year career in public service. For her, retirement meant more time at home with family and friends and finally tackling the stubborn home projects she had put off for years.

But plans change. Less than a year after retiring, the Indiana native will depart for South Africa on May 7 to serve in the Peace Corps – for the second time– and she couldn’t be more excited. Continue reading “The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jessica Vig

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Name:  Jessica Vig
Country of Service:  South Africa, 2007-2009
Assignment: Community Health
Recruitment Territory:  Downstate and Western Illinois

My husband, Paul, and I served as a married couple in a small, rural community in South Africa.  As we returned to the U.S., hoping to share our stories with family and friends back home, we found that photographs provided a medium to discuss our joys and challenges.

Here is a ‘snippet’ of our service—themes, learnings, and ultimately, human to human connections—through pictures. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jessica Vig”

Indianapolis native begins Peace Corps service in South Africa

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Katie Wellington, 27, of Indianapolis has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for South Africa Jan. 20 to begin training as a health volunteer. Wellington will live and work at the community level to make a difference raising awareness about the need for education. She will organize projects dedicated to issues such as maternal and child health, basic nutrition, sanitation, oral re-hydration therapy, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

“As a registered dietitian, I will be working with the people of South Africa as a health volunteer with our primary goal to combat malnutrition and the HIV/AIDS endemic that plagues the country’s people,” Wellington said. Continue reading “Indianapolis native begins Peace Corps service in South Africa”

Ohio ranks No. 7 on Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing states

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Peace Corps Volunteer Kelsey Griffiths of Solon, Ohio, with a woman from a local soccer team in her community in South Africa.

CHICAGO — Ohio moved up several spots to No. 7 this year on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing states. With 290 Ohio residents serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the state is up three positions from last year and at its highest rank since 2010.

On the whole, Ohio produces 2.5 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 state residents, and 4 percent of all volunteers come from Ohio. Continue reading “Ohio ranks No. 7 on Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing states”

Spencerville, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in South Africa

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Michelle M. Ramus, 22, of Spencerville, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for South Africa July 2 to begin training as an education volunteer. Ramus will make a difference providing formal and informal training and support to elementary school teachers, as well as occasionally providing classroom instruction. Continue reading “Spencerville, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in South Africa”

Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in South Africa returns home to Ohio on leave

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Peace Corps Volunteer John Dougherty in his community in South Africa

John Dougherty, a Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in South Africa, returned home on leave June 21 to reconnect with loved ones and share his experiences living and working in a community overseas. It is his first trip back to the U.S. since departing for service last July.

Dougherty will speak at a special recruitment event at Cuyahoga County Public Library – Strongsville Branch (Conference Room, 18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville) on Tuesday, July 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Applicants and others interested in learning more about Peace Corps are invited to attend and ask Dougherty questions. Cleveland-based Peace Corps recruiter Annabel Khouri, a returned volunteer who served in Kenya, will lead the event and can offer tips on strengthening one’s application to help secure a volunteer placement in 2014. Click here for more information.  Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in South Africa returns home to Ohio on leave”