Making a difference every day: Alpha Phi Alpha leads to Peace Corps service in Togo

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Kyree (left) with his host brothers in Togo.

Kyree Rollins has often been the first to accomplish most things in his life.

He was the first in his family to attend college. He was the first of his friends to map out a plan after graduation. He is a member of the first fraternity established for African-American men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. And in 2015, Rollins became the first male from his university to join the Peace Corps.

“Coming from the inner city, the Peace Corps is not something that’s common. It’s not something talked about or heard about,” said Rollins. “Most of our families stayed at home and don’t move around or travel much. The Peace Corps was a start for me. I was the second graduate from my university to join. I opened the door for many and showed them that this is an opportunity for us.” Continue reading “Making a difference every day: Alpha Phi Alpha leads to Peace Corps service in Togo”

Naperville, Illinois, resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo

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Austin Maggard (right) with his mother Masami Maggard (left). Austin will depart for Togo on June 8.

Austin Maggard, 22, of Naperville, Illinois, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Togo on June 8 to begin training as a secondary English teacher. Maggard will work at the community level to train new English teachers on techniques to employ in the classroom and create a community of practice among his counterparts in Togo. He will also work closely with the English and gender education project in collaboration with other volunteers to organize girls’ conferences, youth camps and vacation enterprise activities within his community.

“My grandfather put the idea in my head when I was a freshman at Miami University. He described the organization in magnificent ways and believed that I had the values that they look for in volunteers,” he said. “It is one of those things that I knew I would regret for the rest of my life if I did not at least apply. My motto is: ‘Life isn’t fair. So let’s make it fair.’ Rather than feel bad about the injustices and problems around the word, I would rather go out and make a difference.” Continue reading “Naperville, Illinois, resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo”

Sutton, West Virginia, resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo

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Timothy Bedunah, 22, of Sutton, West Virginia, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Togo on June 8 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher. Bedunah will work at the community level to train new English teachers on techniques to employ in the classroom and create a community of practice among his counterparts. He will also work closely with the English and gender education project in collaboration with other volunteers to organize girls’ conferences, youth camps and vacation enterprise activities within his community.

“I have always felt a calling to do service abroad—I suppose that I have the foreign language major to thank for that,” said Bedunah. “I have always known about the Peace Corps and kept it in the back of my mind. I love the idea of being able to completely assimilate myself into a new culture and community. I love that I will be able to teach people about America, and then teach Americans about other parts of the world when I return.”  Continue reading “Sutton, West Virginia, resident begins Peace Corps service in Togo”

Peace Corps is only choice for Green Bay native

 

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Thomas John (T.J.) Nixon doesn’t give up.

When he was diagnosed with cancer during his sophomore year of high school, Nixon, of Green Bay, Wis., endured two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy while taking online courses in order to graduate on time. Meanwhile, he maintained his position as the leading scorer on his school’s lacrosse team.

So although Nixon, 25, was evacuated from Sierra Leone because of the Ebola outbreak last year during Peace Corps pre-service training, just two weeks before he was to be sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer, his journey to help others wasn’t going to stop there. Nixon will rejoin Peace Corps June 9 as he departs to begin serving as an agriculture extension volunteer in Togo.

“I am excited to finally be able to fulfill this commitment I’ve been patiently, yet eagerly, anticipating,” Nixon said. “I feel like the Peace Corps provides me with the opportunity to fulfill my goals and dreams while also serving the people on this planet most in need.” Continue reading “Peace Corps is only choice for Green Bay native”

Peace Corps offers Indiana native chance to visit, work lesser-known country

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Natalie Nikitas, 23, of Jeffersonville, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Togo June 9 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Nikitas will live and work at the community level to teach English as a second language, organize extracurricular activities, and work with parents to create a supportive community for students.

“I desired a life-changing experience that would allow me to live in a different culture and learn from people who have an entirely different outlook on life,” Nikitas said. “Peace Corps offered the opportunity to travel and teach in a country that I otherwise probably would not get the chance to travel to.” Continue reading “Peace Corps offers Indiana native chance to visit, work lesser-known country”

Verona, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Togo

Zoe Slattery pictured with her brother, Marcus.
Zoe Slattery pictured with her brother, Marcus.

Zoe Slattery, 25, of Verona, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Togo June 9 to begin training as a health volunteer. Slattery will live and work at the community level to teach English as a second language, organize extracurricular activities, and work with parents to create a supportive community for students.

“The idea of helping those who are in the most need inspired me to join Peace Corps,” Slattery said. Continue reading “Verona, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Togo”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Brett Heimann

Name: Brett Heimann
Country of Service: Togo, 2009-11
Assignment: Girls’ Education & Empowerment volunteer
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Brett Heimann”