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”

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

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Michigan ranks No. 10 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 239 volunteers from Michigan currently serving worldwide, and 7,376 Michigan residents have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“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 year marks Michigan’s return to the top 10 rankings since their last appearance in 2013. Earlier this year, the University of Michigan ranked among the top 10 large undergraduate schools and top five graduate schools in producing the most Peace Corps volunteers. Michigan volunteers 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 “Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Peace Corps Holidays

Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, it allows Volunteers to celebrate the holiday season in their host countries and participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own. Below, we highlight stories from Peace Corps Volunteers who share their experiences spending the holidays overseas. From one Peace Corps Volunteer to another, these Volunteers share their advice to those embarking on their first festive season in service.

Attend our Holidays Away From Home online event Monday, December 19th to hear more about serving overseas during the holiday season. 

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Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time

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Tia Sandoval wanted more than just an office job after graduation.

After studying abroad throughout her undergraduate career, she longed for more adventure and wonder. But it wasn’t until she sat down with her mother to discuss her post-grad opportunities that it all clicked.

“I was looking for a job that allowed me to travel,” Sandoval said. “After doing some research, I realized Peace Corps was that job. I could learn more about agriculture in Nepal, learn another language, and really integrate into another culture. My mom had always been supportive of my desire to be aboard and experience the world. She was integral in leading me toward the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time”

On-Campus Recruiters Unite To Bring Peace Corps To Michigan State

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Emily Weiss is one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at Michigan State University.

While serving in the Peace Corps, Emily Weiss didn’t have a road map to success or a list tasks to mark off her check list each day. She didn’t have a “How-to Manual” on becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.

All Emily had was her passion and 27 months to make a lasting impact on her community in Guinea.

Two years removed from her Peace Corps service, Weiss is now one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at Michigan State University, where the Michigan resident obtained her bachelor’s degree in physiology in 2013. Continue reading “On-Campus Recruiters Unite To Bring Peace Corps To Michigan State”