Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter

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Today, the Peace Corps announced that Angela Hamilton will work as the Peace Corps recruiter for the Corpus Christi, Texas, community. This is the first time a full-time Peace Corps recruiter has been placed in the city.

Hamilton served as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2006-09, and again as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Guatemala from 2013-14. Hamilton has been a Peace Corps recruiter for Kentucky and southern Indiana since February 2015, before moving to Corpus Christi this winter.

“Peace Corps recruiters are based in cities throughout the country to spread awareness and serve as a local, more accessible contact,” Hamilton said. “We recognized the potential for increased applications from diverse, skilled applicants from southern Texas. Corpus Christi is not only a diverse city, but a great base for travel to connect with other schools and communities, including The Valley and Laredo. I hope to capitalize on the high spirit for collaboration that exists here to build sustained partnerships and awareness about Peace Corps service opportunities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter”

Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention

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Abigail Halberg was far removed from HIV/AIDS before joining the Peace Corps. It was a far-fetched concept she could not entirely grasp, even after working as a nurse for several years.

But serving in the Peace Corps changed her relationship with health and HIV/AIDS for the better.

“Before the Peace Corps, I had never met anyone with HIV/AIDS,” Halberg said. “Now, I see that people living with HIV/AIDS are strong, proud, active members of their communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention”

Ottertail, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic

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Jessica Spanswick (left) with her sister, Andrea Marthaler

Jessica Spanswick, 26, of Ottertail, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for the Dominican Republic on March 1 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Spanswick will live and work at the community level to help Dominican communities increase sustainable economic development opportunities. She will provide business management assistance in marketing, product and service development, and customer service.

Spanswick’s passion for service and desire to work in international development led her to the Peace Corps.  “I learned that I have a passion for helping people realize their potential,” she said.  “The joy I experienced when a tutee celebrated an A on her writing assignment, the pride I felt when someone mastered the math exercise — these feelings of ‘Wow, I love helping people succeed’ — became a guiding principle in my life after college.”

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Twin Cities rank No.7 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015

Peace Corps recruiter Krista Mastel poses with the Peace Car in front of the St. Paul skyline.
Peace Corps recruiter Krista Mastel poses with the Peace Car in front of the St. Paul skyline.

CHICAGO – The Twin Cities, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington, are among the top-ranked metro areas for producing Peace Corps volunteers in 2015. Today Peace Corps announced the Twin Cities as the seventh-highest metro area, with 159 residents currently serving worldwide.

Minnesota also earned a spot on the Peace Corps Top States list, coming in No. 10 with 224 residents now in service.  The Land of 10,000 Lakes has 4.1 volunteers per 100,000 residents, making it the No. 6 state per capita. Continue reading “Twin Cities rank No.7 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015”

Studying abroad prepares Taylor University grad for Peace Corps

Ariel Bloomer with her mother, Valorie Bloomer.
Ariel Bloomer with her mother, Valorie Bloomer.

Ariel Bloomer, 23, of Mason, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Dominican Republic Aug. 18 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Bloomer will live and work at the community level to equip Dominican youth with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to assume positive adult roles and become healthy and engaged citizens. She will work with community members to create and implement youth groups, camps, sports teams, and parent groups that focus on personal development, life skills, leadership, positive relationships, and gender perspective.

“Peace Corps provides me the opportunity to share my experiences and education with others while learning, professionally and culturally, and traveling at the same time,” Bloomer said. Continue reading “Studying abroad prepares Taylor University grad for Peace Corps”

Eau Claire native joins Peace Corps to create sustainable projects

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Abby Halberg, 25, of Eau Claire, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Dominican Republic Aug. 18 to begin training as a community health volunteer. Halberg will live and work at the community level to promote healthy decisions and work with community groups and individuals on HIV/AIDS prevention, improving nutrition, and healthy reproductive habits.

“The Peace Corps is an established and organized program that has realistic expectations for volunteers living and working abroad,” Halberg said. “The Peace Corps institutes programs meant to sustain themselves long after the volunteer leaves the community.  Its mission is simple: to have educated Americans provide willing communities with education and training to help meet their basic needs while creating positive intercultural relationships. All these things are what have made volunteering for the Peace Corps an easy choice for me.” Continue reading “Eau Claire native joins Peace Corps to create sustainable projects”

Kenosha, Wis., joins Peace Corps to better youth of Dominican Republic

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Amanda Wittebort, 24, of Kenosha, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Dominican Republic Aug. 18 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Wittebort will live and work at the community level to equip Dominican youth with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to assume positive adult roles and become healthy and engaged citizens. She will work with community members to create and implement youth groups, camps, sports teams, and parent groups that focus on personal development, life skills, leadership, positive relationships, and gender perspective.

“I joined to because to help youth be more compassionate, confident and self-reliant while simultaneously building the systems around them to allow for a more productive society,” Wittebort said. Continue reading “Kenosha, Wis., joins Peace Corps to better youth of Dominican Republic”