Garrison, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Guyana

Colton Halverson, 23, of Garrison, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guyana May 1 to begin training as a community health promotion volunteer. Halverson will make a difference promoting HIV/AIDS prevention, health education and rehabilitative services.

Halverson is the son of Steve and Robin Halverson and a graduate of Lewis County High School in Vanceburg, Ky. He graduated from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion in 2012. Continue reading “Garrison, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Guyana”

Aurora, Ill., residents begin Peace Corps service in Guyana

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Married Aurora, Ill., residents Stacy Roe, 27, and Casey Lemberg, 27, have been accepted into the Peace Corps will depart for Guyana May 1. Roe will make a difference as a community health promoter and will educate young people on healthy lifestyles, work with expectant mothers and infants on health concerns, and educate on communicable diseases and nutrition. Lemberg will serve as a community education promoter and teach conversational English and content-based English in middle and high schools, in addition to building resources with local teachers.

“I have always wanted to help others and do that in my current profession,” Roe said. “Peace Corps gives me the opportunity to reach out on a more global level.” Continue reading “Aurora, Ill., residents begin Peace Corps service in Guyana”

Bloomington, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Guyana

Claire Nessler, 24, of Bloomington, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guyana April 30 to begin training as a primary education teacher trainer volunteer. She will make a difference providing classroom instruction along with training and support to elementary school teachers.

“It has been a dream of mine since high school to join the Peace Corps,” Nessler said. “The idea of helping others, challenging myself, and experiencing a new culture always grabbed hold of me.”

Nessler is the daughter of Mary Zabriskie and a graduate of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Ind. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor’s in elementary education in 2012.  Continue reading “Bloomington, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Guyana”

Menasha Peace Corps volunteer seeks donations for library in Guyana

When Peace Corps volunteer Ashley Borree started work at a school library near her village in rural Guyana, she thought the project would involve organizing books and creating a classroom schedule for students. But the Menasha, Wis., resident soon discovered that village residents had bigger goals in mind.

“After several meetings, the staff and community expressed great interest in the project and wanted to see it develop even further,” Borree, 26, said. “Many parents and teachers felt that one of the main factors contributing to the low literacy rates was that students were not getting the practice time needed to become fluent readers, due to the lack of resources and materials for the students to read at school and at home.”

Borree’s solution: to refurbish the library and fill it with new, age-appropriate books, games, and educational DVDs. A portion of the funds for the project will be raised through the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), which helps support Peace Corps volunteer community projects worldwide. Click here to donate to Borree’s project. Continue reading “Menasha Peace Corps volunteer seeks donations for library in Guyana”