Madison resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

Mary Chandler (center) will depart for Peace Corps service in Georgia on April 18.
Mary Chandler (center) will depart for Peace Corps service in Georgia on April 18.

Mary Chandler, 64, of Madison, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia on April 18 to begin training as a community development advisor. Chandler will work at the community level to help improve employability, financial literacy, management, marketing and networking skills at local organizations. She will also work with non-governmental organizations and not-for-profit groups to improve her community’s standard of living.

“I wanted to spend some of my time giving back. I’m at a new beginning in life,” Chandler said. “I recently sold a company that engaged me daily for many, many years. At a crossroad, I decided to take the path that led me to this new adventure.” Continue reading “Madison resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”

Oberlin College earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Hannah Combe (left) has been serving as an XX volunteer in XX since April 2014. She is a May 2013 graduate of Oberlin.
Hannah Combe (left) has been serving as an education volunteer in Georgia since April 2014. She is a May 2013 graduate of Oberlin.

CHICAGO – Oberlin College has once again earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, ranking No. 14 among small universities for the second year in a row, the agency announced today. Currently, nine alumni are serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

For sixteen years, the college has made the annual list. Last year, the college leapt seven places moving up the rankings to the No. 14 spot. Since the agency was created in 1961, 548 Oberlin alums have served overseas.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “Oberlin College earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Walsh University gives grad foundation, skill set for Peace Corps

Daniel Widder with his family, mother Joyce Widder, father Scott Widder, and sister Samantha Benner.
Daniel Widder with his family: mother Joyce Widder, father Scott Widder, and sister Samantha Benner.

Daniel Widder, 24, of Dover, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 18 to begin training as a non-governmental organization advising volunteer. Widder will live and work at the community level to provide grant writing, marketing, information technology, fundraising, project design and financial literacy assistance to non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, regional youth departments, resource centers, municipalities and other not-for-profit and governmental organizations. He will also work with partners and community youth on professional development tools, including employability skills, resume writing, goal setting and interviewing.

“My motivation to join the Peace Corps stems from my belief that it offers a unique type of authentic human interaction that encourages positive development for all those involved, both personally and professionally,” Widder said. Continue reading “Walsh University gives grad foundation, skill set for Peace Corps”

Former volunteer helps UIUC students change their lives with Peace Corps

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University of Illinois students planning for the future should take advantage of a unique resource on campus: university-dedicated Peace Corps representative Alissa Harvey. From her office on the second floor of the Career Center, Harvey is available to available to share her experience and accomplishments living and working abroad in a new culture, as well as help explain Peace Corps’ new application process. In under an hour, UIUC students can now apply to Peace Corps and choose the specific countries and assignments they’d like to be considered for, giving them greater control as they plan their careers and chart a path toward making a difference for others and themselves.

Harvey is uniquely qualified to discuss the personal and professional benefits of Peace Corps service. For two years, from 2010-12, she was culturally immersed in her local community in Georgia and worked as an English education volunteer. She also completed a water sanitation project, organized an English language competition for students and girls’ leadership camps, and tutored at an orphanage.

“Peace Corps is by far the most challenging thing I have ever done,” said Harvey, who grew up in Denver and graduated from the University of Denver in 2009. “My understanding of people has changed, in that I feel much more aware of my surroundings and peoples’ actions in any environment.” Continue reading “Former volunteer helps UIUC students change their lives with Peace Corps”

Noblesville, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

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Hannah Wishart, 24, of Noblesville, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia on April 27 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher. Wishart will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching English as a second language, sharing resources, developing teaching materials with local teachers, and becoming involved in community- and school-based projects.

“I wanted to find a way to combine the two things I enjoy most: helping people and traveling,” Wishart said. Continue reading “Noblesville, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”

Portage, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

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Cody Hough, 24, of Portage, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 20 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Hough will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English in middle and high schools, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“The Peace Corps attracted me because it was a way to do two things I truly love, travel and help others,” Hough said. “My biggest motivation is my grandmother; she had always taught me that no matter how bad I have it, someone somewhere else has it worse. It was this lesson that led me to volunteer as much as I did in college and post-graduation.” Continue reading “Portage, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”

Granville, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

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Hannah Combe, 23, of Granville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 20 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Combe will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“I want to live outside of U.S. culture, learn another language, and connect with people who are unlike me,” Combe said. Continue reading “Granville, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”