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”

Blaine, Minn., finds opportunity to travel, help people in Armenia with Peace Corps

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Annikki Hockert, 27, of Blaine, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Armenia Aug. 21 to begin training as a community and youth services volunteer. Hockert will live and work at the community level to support local non-government organizations and community-based organizations on issues related to the environment, at-risk youth, human rights, children and youth with disabilities, and other community-specific needs. She will also empower youth to be active citizens through life skills activities, volunteerism and service-based learning initiatives, employability skills training, and the development of youth organizations, clubs, and camps.

“I have always wanted to travel the world, solve problems, and help people,” Hockert said. “The Peace Corps is the best opportunity for that.” Continue reading “Blaine, Minn., finds opportunity to travel, help people in Armenia with Peace Corps”

Minneapolis native acquires grant to improve English resources in Armenia

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Peace Corps volunteer Kana Arima of Minneapolis is making a difference by expanding English resources for students in Armenia. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities graduate recently acquired a grant worth more than $1,600 to add English books and a laptop to the vocational school where Arima works.

The grant, funded through Peace Corps and USAID, allowed Arima and her Armenian counterparts to buy textbooks, allowing students to focus on their assignments and follow along during instruction. Many students cannot afford the textbooks they’re required to buy.

“It was very difficult to have class when the majority of the students were sharing the few books that other students were able to buy,” Arima said. “After acquiring the books, the students had to acclimate to using a book. Simple things like reading the question, filling in the blanks and matching were very foreign to them.” Continue reading “Minneapolis native acquires grant to improve English resources in Armenia”

Returned Ukraine volunteer not done with Peace Corps, will serve again in Armenia

After more than 40 years of working as a professional architect, Mike Dixon of St. Charles, Ill., decided it was time to fulfill his lifelong dream and join the Peace Corps. As a community economic development volunteer in Ukraine from 2011-14, he enjoyed using his professional skills to make a difference in his local community. 

Since he returned to the Chicago area last March, Dixon has been giving presentations about Peace Corps and Ukraine. Dixon is so committed to Peace Corps that in February 2015 he will depart for a six-month position in Armenia with Peace Corps Response, which offers short-term assignments to returned Peace Corps volunteers and other experienced professionals. Below, he discusses why he decided to rejoin the Peace Corps and more about his experience in Ukraine. Continue reading “Returned Ukraine volunteer not done with Peace Corps, will serve again in Armenia”

Master’s International student begins Peace Corps service in Armenia

Trevor Turner, 26, of Mitchell, S.D., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Turner will make a difference working with non-governmental organizations that deal with youth, social services, small business development and the environment. He will assist the organization through a variety projects that will help increase capacity and sustainability, raise public awareness of an organization’s mission, build community relationships and train staff and volunteers.

Turner is participating in Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows him to earn his master’s degree and complete his Peace Corps service simultaneously. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in global finance, trade and economic integration at the University of Denver.

“My desire to serve my country as well as my passion for public service motivated me to join the Peace Corps,” he said. Continue reading “Master’s International student begins Peace Corps service in Armenia”

Indiana resident uses languages skills to teach English in Peace Corps Armenia

Alexandra Clark, 24, of Floyds Knobs, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Clark will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English to middle and high school students, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“I was attracted to the Peace Corps because I want to utilize the language skills I acquired in college to help people in an international setting,” she said. Continue reading “Indiana resident uses languages skills to teach English in Peace Corps Armenia”

Lindenwood University alum begins Peace Corps service in Armenia

Daniel Bedell, 25, of Saint Peters, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Bedell will make a difference conducting community outreach and needs assessments and developing projects that focus on education, youth development, health, the environment and business.

“I am motivated to join the Peace Corps because of my desire to serve others and to experience another part of the world,” he said. Continue reading “Lindenwood University alum begins Peace Corps service in Armenia”