Urbana, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Cambodia

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Brittany Baker (center) departed for Peace Corps service in Cambodia on July 14.

Brittany Baker, 22, of Urbana, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia on July 14 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher as part of the community’s TEFL program. Baker will work at the community level to teach English at the high school and middle school level. She will also lead and develop extracurricular activities to enhance the educational experience for youth in her community.

“The moment I was accepted to Peace Corps was one of the happiest moments of my life because this has been a 10-year journey,” said Baker. “Although I can’t put my finger on what exactly motivated me to join, I’ve always been a curious person and Peace Corps is a way for me to learn and explore.” Continue reading “Urbana, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Cambodia”

North Dakota native finds a new perspective through Peace Corps

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The in-home washer and dryer is a convenience many Americans take for granted, but returned Peace Corps volunteer Westen Thomas knows another way. For two years, he scrubbed and cleaned his own laundry by hand, under the harsh Cambodian sun and surrounded by the noises of daily village life. In time, the hard work became a reward in itself.

“I miss the sounds of roaming animals, the chatter and laughing of the nearby neighbors, and those one to two hours of time to just think about life,” Thomas said. “In a way, hand washing my laundry became my weekly meditation.”

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Beloit grad begins Peace Corps service in Cambodia

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Kendra Wagner, 24, of Monroe, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as a community health education volunteer. Wagner will live and work at the community level as an educator, community mobilizer and trainer in a rural health center. She will assist with chronic disease care, maternal and child care, birth spacing advice, immunization, and emergency first aid.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted the opportunity to put my public health education to work, gain some international experience, learn another language and culture, and to truly integrate into another culture and country,” Wagner said. Continue reading “Beloit grad begins Peace Corps service in Cambodia”

Kentucky native hopes to become effective leader as Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia

Christy Eubank with her parents, Johnny and Sherree Eubank.
Christy Eubank with her parents, Johnny and Sherree Eubank.

Christy Eubank, 25, of Gamaliel, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as an English teacher and teacher trainer volunteer.  Eubank will live and work at the community level co-teaching basic and intermediate English. She will also lead extracurricular activities to enhance language learning.

“Joining the Peace Corps is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” Eubank said. “I love to travel and I have a lot of interest in learning about other cultures.” Continue reading “Kentucky native hopes to become effective leader as Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia”

Chicagoland resident will learn about his Cambodian heritage as Peace Corps volunteer

Brian Wells, right, pictured with his brother and sister, Robert and Sarah Wells.
Brian Wells, right, pictured with his brother and sister, Robert and Sarah Wells.

Brian Wells, 25, of Aurora, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as a community health education volunteer. Wells will live and work at the community level to provide health education through one-on-one interactions at community health centers, community outreach and home visits. He will also train on health topics, such as nutrition, maternal and child health, sanitation, hygiene, family planning and non-communicable diseases.

“My initial reason for joining Peace Corps was to have the opportunity to experience a different culture. I had traveled before, but never felt like I had the time to really connect,” Wells said. “I felt like being able to stay 27 months would give me that opportunity. I was attracted to the cultural exchange aspect. Living in a bi-racial family I’ve seen the enrichment it has provided in my life. So I am always excited to go out and learn about other people, and teach people about myself.” Continue reading “Chicagoland resident will learn about his Cambodian heritage as Peace Corps volunteer”

Holidays in the Peace Corps, Part 2

As a Peace Corps volunteer, the holiday season allows Americans to truly integrate into another culture while participating in their host country’s traditions and customs. Below, a few volunteers describe what it’s like to serve in the Peace Corps during the holidays.

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Kory Funk, PCV
Tanzania, Health Education 2012-15
Grove City, Ohio
Ohio State University, 2010, English

Spending the holidays with my Tanzanian counterparts gives me an opportunity to share American traditions while also experiencing aspects of Tanzanian culture that I’d otherwise not be able to. I remember my first New Year’s Eve in country, when many of the village youth crowded the market, waiting to count down the New Year while listening on the radio.

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[VIDEO] The Life of a Peace Corps Volunteer – Rachel Chisausky – Part 2

IMGP2184While a student at the University of Notre Dame, Rachel Chisausky knew she wanted to go to medical school, but an adviser suggested she take a bit of time off between. She looked into a few programs, but she fell in love with the idea of Peace Corps – true immersion into another culture.

Chisausky is currently serving as a health extension volunteer in Cambodia, beginning in 2013. The Peotone, Ill., native graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.

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