Parkville, Mo., Peace Corps volunteer teaches about importance of oral hygiene in Belize

Peace Corps volunteer Abbey Hedges and returned volunteer Gayla Missett, alongside the children who received toothbrushes and instruction on oral hygiene in Belize.

Parkville, Mo., resident and Peace Corps volunteer Abbey Hedges worked with a nonprofit organization to lead an oral-health campaign with students in her local community in Belize.

About 145 students and six teachers participated in the three-day event, which was led by Hedges and Gayla Missett of Carlsbad, Calif., who served herself as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize from 2010-12. Missett now works with the Rural Area Kids Organization U.S.A., which coordinates the “Don’t Rush the Brush” oral hygiene campaign for children in rural communities around the world. Continue reading “Parkville, Mo., Peace Corps volunteer teaches about importance of oral hygiene in Belize”

Parkville, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Belize


Abbey Hedges of Parkville, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Belize June 25 to begin service as a community health education volunteer. Hedges will make a difference educating community members about water sanitation, maternal care and child health, nutrition, noncommunicable disease mitigation, HIV/AIDS, and other health issues.

Like many Peace Corps volunteers, Hedges was inspired to serve by experiences at home. After giving back to the Kansas City community with organizations such as the Humane Society and American Red Cross for years in her free time, she decided to make volunteering her full-time job.

“I started to explore my options and attended a Peace Corps orientation session, and I instantly knew that this was my true calling!” Hedges, 27, said. “Ever since I left that session, not a minute has gone by without some thought of Peace Corps service.” Continue reading “Parkville, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Belize”