Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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Nikkolette Hunter, 25, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21, 2017, to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Hunter will live and work at the community level to improve financial literacy and work with local entrepreneurs.

Hunter’s love for international travel and service inspired her to join the Peace Corps.

Hunter is the daughter of Alesia and Glenn Hunter of Franklin, Tennessee, and a graduate of Independence High School of Thompson Station, Tennessee. She attended the University of  California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international development studies, minoring in Latin American studies, in  September 2014.  Continue reading “Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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Thomas Hamilton, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Thomas will work at the community level to work with at-risk youth and develop camps, clubs, youth groups, and other after-school activities. Hamilton will also teach computer, money management, business, and employability skills to the community at large.

“I’ve been interested in serving, specifically in Latin America, since I studied abroad in Costa Rica in high school and became friends with a Peace Corps volunteer serving near me,” Hamilton said. “Her projects serving the people in my area inspired me, and I saw the direct effects they can have on good people.” Continue reading “St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

LGBQT Volunteer Overcomes Obstacles, Prevails in Peace Corps Service

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Kyle Miller knew obstacles would arise while serving as an LGBQT Peace Corps Volunteer, but that wasn’t going to stop him from fulfilling his childhood dream.  Joining the Peace Corps had been tugging at him since he was 10 years old, and when he finally dove in and was accepted to serve in Paraguay, he never looked back.

“My overall thought was Peace Corps has been too much of a dream not to go for it based on my sexuality,” Miller said. “I think it is important to be comfortable with your own sexuality before entering the Peace Corps. At times, the Peace Corps can be very challenging for a variety of different reasons. However, I always feel like I am able to fall back on knowing who I am, and being ok with it, even if it isn’t shared with everyone.” Continue reading “LGBQT Volunteer Overcomes Obstacles, Prevails in Peace Corps Service”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

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Name: Bryce Rinkenberger
Country of Service: Paraguay, 2011-2013
Assignment: Agriculture
Recruitment Territory: West Michigan Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger”

Shaker Heights, Ohio, native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay

Brachna.Jonathan_ParaguayJonathan Brachna, 23, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on Sept. 22 to begin training as an agricultural extension volunteer. Brachna will live and work at the community level assisting farmers and their families in understanding and implementing sustainable food production systems. He will also help identify resources that can be utilized to meet the community’s needs to increase food consumption and income generation.

“The Peace Corps is something that has always been a lifelong ambition of mine,” Brachna said. “Ever since I was young, my father told me stories of his travels through Africa, Europe and Central and South America. The opportunity to help those in need and environmental work always grabbed my attention.” Continue reading “Shaker Heights, Ohio, native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay”

Ohio native brings passion for agriculture to Peace Corps Paraguay

 

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Amber Sattelberg, 22, of Hudson, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay Sept. 22 to begin training as an agricultural extension volunteer. Sattelberg will live and work at the community level to assist farm families and individuals in understanding and implementing comprehensive sustainable food production systems which can be used both for increased consumption as well as income generation. She will also help community members identify resources and ways to address needs.

“Between my concern for improving global farming practices and my desire to increase my cultural competency, the Peace Corps was a natural next step to take after college graduation,” Sattelberg said. Continue reading “Ohio native brings passion for agriculture to Peace Corps Paraguay”

Avon Lake, Ohio native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay

Julie Marzec, center, with her mother and sister.
Julie Marzec, center, with her mother and sister.

Julie Marzec, 25, of Avon Lake, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Paraguay March 2 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Marzec will live and work at the community to promote healthy behavior in schools and health centers. Her work will focus on improved dental health, prevention of non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health and improved sanitary living conditions.

“Although I had been contemplating joining the Peace Corps for many years, I was motivated to apply after my experiences working in the Cincinnati area as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence,” Marzec said. “After working with so many immigrant women, I wanted to make an attempt to better understand their cultural values and unique experiences. I hope to bring that knowledge back to the U.S. and serve immigrant populations more effectively.” Continue reading “Avon Lake, Ohio native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay”