Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica

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Theresa Kedinger, 29, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on February 20 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Kedinger will work at the community level to build one-on-one relationships with women, youth, and potential entrepreneurs. She will advise business, marketing, financial management, and product design plans, in addition to teaching literacy programs and facilitating business workshops.

“My mother got my sisters and I involved in volunteering at a very young age, and I have always enjoyed the experiences that each has offered,” Kedinger said. “Each encounter, whether it be with an organization itself, the people who work there, or the population that they are serving, has had an impact on who I am today. If I can make an impact, in even the smallest form, I am doing something good for the world, and that is important to me.” Continue reading “Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica”

Chicago Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that the Chicagoland area – which includes Chicago, Joliet and Naperville – ranks No. 4 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. The state of Illinois also ranks No. 6 among the top volunteer-producing states. There are 245 volunteers from the Chicagoland area, and 301 Illinois residents currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 8,788 residents from the Land of Lincoln have served in the Peace Corps.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This is the eighth consecutive year that Chicago has ranked among the five top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas and the state of Illinois ranked in the top ten. Volunteers from Illinois are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development Volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Chicago Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016”

Peace Corps Holidays

Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, it allows Volunteers to celebrate the holiday season in their host countries and participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own. Below, we highlight stories from Peace Corps Volunteers who share their experiences spending the holidays overseas. From one Peace Corps Volunteer to another, these Volunteers share their advice to those embarking on their first festive season in service.

Attend our Holidays Away From Home online event Monday, December 19th to hear more about serving overseas during the holiday season. 

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Master’s International allows Ohio native to pursue graduate degree, serve with Peace Corps

LorekEmily_CostaRica_07.06.2015Emily Lorek, 23, of Troy, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica July 6 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Lorek will live and work at the community level to co-design and co-implement activities that focus on youth development, life skills, leadership, sexual and reproductive health, physical activity, arts, and parenting skills.

Lorek is the daughter of Wayne and Donna Lorek of Troy and a 2010 graduate of Troy High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014 from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She is currently enrolled in Peace Corps’ Master’s International program at the University of Montana, which allows her to simultaneously earn a master’s  degree in global youth development and serve with the Peace Corps.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted to invest in service while also continuing my education,” Lorek said. “The Master’s International program through Peace Corps allows me to gain technical skills for my education and degree, while also immersing into a new culture. I’m eager to learn and work alongside a community, as we build new relationships and grow together.” Continue reading “Master’s International allows Ohio native to pursue graduate degree, serve with Peace Corps”

ISU grad hopes to help people less fortunate through Peace Corps Costa Rica

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Katie Heminway, 23, of DeKalb, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica March 9 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Heminway will make a difference working with and training entrepreneurs, business services providers, credit organizations, cooperatives, community groups and women and youth located in semi-rural communities. She will also teach business and leadership classes that will aim to help students and community members generate income and become more employable.

“I want to help people who are less fortunate than me and live in and experience a different culture,” Heminway said.  Continue reading “ISU grad hopes to help people less fortunate through Peace Corps Costa Rica”

Washington University earns spot Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools ranking

Laura Getz of Medina, Ohio, began serving as a youth development volunteer in Costa Rica in July 2013.
Laura Getz of Medina, Ohio, began serving as a youth development volunteer in Costa Rica in July 2013.

CHICAGO – Washington University takes the 19th spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities. Currently, 14 Wash U alums are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, and this is the fourth consecutive year that the university has appeared on the list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 559 Wash U graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Washington University earns spot Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools ranking”

Meet your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Brian Green

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Name: Brian Green
Country of Service: Costa Rica, 2003-05
Assignment: Rural Community Development
Recruitment Territory: Minnesota, South Dakota

Why were you interested in serving?
I’ve always had a volunteering spirit. After studying abroad in Mexico, I developed a love for international travel as well. Once I learned that Peace Corps combined these two passions I was hooked.

What did you enjoy most about your country of service?
I was very close with my host family during the three months of training; they treated me like one of their own. It was a house filled with lots of love, food and jokes. Even after I moved away to officially start my two years of service, I often returned to visit them. My American family came to visit during my service, and I took them to meet my Costa Rican family. While my American family spoke no Spanish, it was obvious to them that I was in good hands.

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