Michigan Resident Marks Peace Corps Service Off Bucket List

Joining the Peace Corps had always been on Rebecca McCroskey’s bucket list, but life always seemed to get in the way. But after raising two children and forging a successful 40 year career, McCroskey is finally ready to cross it off her bucket list. On March 10, McCroskey will depart for Jamaica to begin training as an environment/agro-forestry Volunteer and will work with local organizations and schools to educate her community about sustainable lifestyles.

“My years on the planet have given me a level of confidence I couldn’t have possessed in my 20s. Kids, jobs, relocation, disease, divorce and death – life takes guts,” she said. “I have boldly jumped off lots of cliffs, and I’ve been pushed off a couple as well. This assignment will become another chapter in my personal microcosmic study.” Continue reading “Michigan Resident Marks Peace Corps Service Off Bucket List”

More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ben Bowman served in Zambia, 2012-14.

When he was a student at the University of Louisville, Ben Bowman worked alongside professors and graduate students in a biology lab. Looking back years later, he says the experience not only taught him about science, but also put him on a path toward making a difference as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

“I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a project to hopefully publish one day. From this I developed a much different way of thinking about problems and how to go about solving them,”  said Bowman, who served as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer in Zambia, from 2012 to 2014. “Now when I face challenges, Peace Corps has allowed me to develop my own ways of going about finding a solution.”

Bowman, who graduated from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a double major in biology and psychology, is one of 217 alums who have served as Peace Corps volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.  Continue reading “More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps”

Minnesota resident chooses Peace Corps for its longer assignment, chance for better integration

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Janelle Holte, center, pictured with her father Jim, mother Sandy, brother Brian and sister Emily at Janelle’s graduation from Augsburg College in May 2014.

Janelle Holte, 23, of Aitkin, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 9 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Holte will make a difference working with her community to identify resources and agriculture projects that can be developed and implemented to generate income. She will also facilitate training in farm management and work with schools to enhance and expand environmental education.

“I love that Peace Corps is a 27-month program versus just one year,” Holte said. “This way I will really be able to immerse myself in the culture and become fluent in the language. I also love the volunteer support network in many major cities in the U.S. and the connections you have after returning home.” Continue reading “Minnesota resident chooses Peace Corps for its longer assignment, chance for better integration”

Iowa native departs for Peace Corps Jamaica

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Alec Bramel, 22, of Holy Cross, Iowa, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 9 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Bramel will make a difference working with his community to identify resources and agriculture projects that can be developed and implemented to generate income. He will also facilitate training in farm management and work with schools to enhance and expand environmental education.

“I joined the Peace Corps because of the sense of adventure and the opportunity to use my education to serve others where it may be needed most,” Bramel said. Continue reading “Iowa native departs for Peace Corps Jamaica”

WIU grad strives to make an impact as Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica

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Kevin McClellan, 22, of Tinley Park, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 9 to begin training as an English education volunteer. McClellan will make a difference teaching English to children ages 12 and younger and will work to expand literacy in both school children and community members to increase personal and professional opportunities.

“The reason I decided to join the Peace Corps was because I want to make in impact on this world one child at a time,” McClellan said. “I realize that international work is not glamorous and I will be faced with many hardships during my commitment overseas, but knowing that I am impacting lives will help overcome those struggles.” Continue reading “WIU grad strives to make an impact as Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica”

Illinois native plans to use Peace Corps experience to launch into international aid career

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Leslie Munson, 24, of Moline, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 9 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Munson will make a difference working teaching English to children ages 12 and younger and will work to expand literacy in both school children and community members to increase personal and professional opportunities.

“Joining the Peace Corps has been a goal of mine for many years,” Munson said. “I hope to use the experience as furthered education in the field of international aid and community development. It is my goal to make a career for myself in this area of work.” Continue reading “Illinois native plans to use Peace Corps experience to launch into international aid career”

Peace Corps Volunteers past and present celebrate legacy of service at Ohio State University

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Amanda Harvey receives her invitation to serve as a health volunteer in Guatemala from Peace Corps Midwest Regional Manager Brad Merryman.

Ohio State University alumni currently making a difference overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, returned volunteers who have completed their service, and students interested in serving after graduation shared their experiences at a unique Peace Corps Open House on OSU’s campus in Columbus.

The Feb. 25 event kicked off Peace Corps Week, an annual celebration of the impact volunteers have worldwide and in the U.S. commemorating the date President John F. Kennedy signed the executive order creating the agency, March 1, 1961.

Married Peace Corps Volunteers Kevin and Linnae Fath, of Wooster, Ohio, are currently serving in Jamaica and Skyped in to answer questions about their work and day-to-day lives in service. Drew Sullivan, an OSU alum from Sandusky, Ohio, also spoke via Skype from the country of Georgia about his experience as an English teaching volunteer there. Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteers past and present celebrate legacy of service at Ohio State University”