Nashville, Tennessee Resident Departs for Peace Corps Service

Jacob Dowser, 23, of Nashville, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Dowser will work in secondary institutions, sports departments, and rehabilitation centers to provide Ukrainian youth from underserved communities with knowledge and skills to integrate into a global community and live healthy, meaningful lives.

“I have always had compassion for those who are in need,” said Dowser. “I have wanted to see other parts of the world as well. The Peace Corps will allow me to do both. It will also allow me to continue the Peace Corps’ longstanding tradition of facilitating lasting impact and growth throughout the international community. We all share a common humanity, which the Peace Corps understands and graciously invites others to partake in.” Continue reading “Nashville, Tennessee Resident Departs for Peace Corps Service”

From campus ambassador to Peace Corps Volunteer

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Amanda Higbee always knew that she wanted to join the Peace Corps after college. As a communications major at Trine University, Higbee was inspired by the first-hand testimonials of returned Peace Corps Volunteers. So when an internship opportunity with the Peace Corps became available on campus, she leaped at the chance to inspire the next generation of Volunteers.

“When I saw information about the campus ambassador program on Twitter it was a relatively new program,” Higbee said. “I knew that the Peace Corps was something I was very interested in, and I thought the program would be a good way to learn more about Peace Corps service as well as get to know some recruiters and returned Volunteers.” Continue reading “From campus ambassador to Peace Corps Volunteer”

St. Joseph, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Albania

peregrineJames Peregrine, 23, of St. Joseph, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Albania on March 4 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Peregrine will work with local nongovernmental organizations to improve their business practices. He will assist organizations in their capacity-building, business development, communications, management, and technology skills.

“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps for the opportunity to use my business education within this great organization,” said Peregrine. “I believe that in the United States we have been blessed with many opportunities. Furthermore, as we live in a wonderful and diverse world, I look forward to fulfill the purpose statement of the Peace Corps to ‘help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.’” Continue reading “St. Joseph, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Albania”

Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine

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Taylor Reynolds, 25, of Toledo, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a community youth volunteer. Reynolds will work in local youth departments, social services centers, youth nongovernmental organizations, and after-school educational institutions to focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, preparing youth for work, and educating active citizens.  Continue reading “Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine”

Tulsa, Oklahoma, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand

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Nemhoilhing Kipgen, 23, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Thailand this month to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Kipgen will work at the community level to educate youth about topics in reproductive health, sports and nutrition, and drug and alcohol use. She will also work to promote leadership activities and community service opportunities within her community.

“I spent most of my childhood in Myanmar. My family and I immigrated to the United States through the United Nations refugee resettlement program. My personal experiences have been a great asset for me and I want to give back to the community,” Kipgen said. “Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer at City Year Tulsa. My work with City Year further motivated me to join the Peace Corps, and do my best to help others globally.” Continue reading “Tulsa, Oklahoma, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand”

25 countries later, Indiana couple commits to Peace Corps service in Thailand

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Sara and Greg’s life is always in constant motion.

From volunteering with nonprofits in Malawi, to working for Teach For America for two years, the couple’s robust lifestyle allows them to peer into the living conditions that many face across the globe. In the past three years alone, they have traveled to 25 countries and over six different continents.

But with each trip and stamp they collect on their passports, they crave to do something more with their lives. This January, the couple will do just that.

As Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand, the couple will spend the next 27 months using their experiences and skills to make an impact on their local community. Sara will work as a youth in development Volunteer, where she will improve the lifestyles of local youth, and Greg will work as a teacher collaborator and primary education specialist, where he will engage in community development opportunities, improve schools, and train local teachers. This will be Greg’s second time serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer; he served as a youth development Volunteer in Bulgaria from 2008-10. Continue reading “25 countries later, Indiana couple commits to Peace Corps service in Thailand”

Minnesota Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that the Twin Cities region, which includes Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington, ranks No. 5 among the top metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. The state of Minnesota also ranks No. 5 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. There are 180 volunteers from the Twin Cities and 232 volunteers from Minnesota currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 6,753 Minnesotans 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 fourth straight year Minnesota has ranked among the top 10 states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. The Twin Cities have consistently ranked among the top 10 metropolitan areas, and this year marks the region’s first appearance among the top five. Minnesota and the Twin Cities region have been rising in the ranks for the past three years. Volunteers from the Land of 10,000 Lakes 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 “Minnesota Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”