Peace Corps allows Minnesotan to live in foreign culture with purpose

Alexander London, 27, of Minneapolis, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jordan Oct. 14 to begin training as a community youth development volunteer. Schneider will make a difference teaching English in a formal classroom setting in addition to organizing clubs, camps, and sport activities that improve youth’s communication, planning, critical thinking, relationship building, teamwork and leadership skills.

“Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity to travel and live in foreign cultures with a purpose,” London said. “The prospect of cross-cultural exchange and experience is very intriguing.”

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University of Michigan alum joins Peace Corps to immerse in another culture

Peter Wagner, 23, of Southfield, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jordan Oct. 14 to begin training as a community youth development volunteer. Wagner will make a difference teaching English in a formal classroom setting in addition to organizing clubs, camps, and sport activities that improve youth’s communication, planning, critical thinking, relationship building, teamwork and leadership skills.

“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps because of the ability to fully immerse myself in another culture, share my own culture with it and grow as a person because of it,” Wagner said. Continue reading “University of Michigan alum joins Peace Corps to immerse in another culture”

Danville, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Jordan

Stanzi Littlefield, 23, Danville, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jordan Oct. 14 to begin training as a community youth development volunteer. Littlefield will make a difference teaching English in a formal classroom setting in addition to organizing clubs, camps, and sport activities that improve youth’s communication, planning, critical thinking, relationship building, teamwork and leadership skills.

Littlefield is the daughter of LuAnne and Todd Littlefield of Danville and 2013 graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising.  Continue reading “Danville, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Jordan”

Minnesotan driven to Peace Corps because of cultural exchange

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Carrie Shoultz, 27, of Eagan, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jordan Oct. 14 to begin training as a community youth development volunteer. Shoultz will make a difference teaching English in a formal classroom setting in addition to organizing clubs, camps, and sport activities that improve youth’s communication, planning, critical thinking, relationship building, teamwork and leadership skills.

“I love that the mission of the Peace Corps promotes an exchange of cultures and experiences and attempts to dispel myths about our respective cultures,” she said. Continue reading “Minnesotan driven to Peace Corps because of cultural exchange”

Ohio resident encouraged to apply to Peace Corps after D.C. internship

Schneider.Jay_JordanJay Schneider, 25, of Massillon, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jordan Oct. 14 to begin training as a community youth development volunteer. Schneider will make a difference teaching English in a formal classroom setting in addition to organizing clubs, camps, and sport activities that improve youth’s communication, planning, critical thinking, relationship building, teamwork and leadership skills.

Schneider is a 2008 graduate of Jackson High School in Massillon. In May 2014, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Kent State University at Stark in Canton, Ohio. Additionally, he worked for the Kent State Washington Program in National Issues and the office of U.S. Rep. David Joyce of Ohio, both in Washington, D.C.

“I became interested in the Peace Corps after having it recommended to me by various people while interning in D.C.,” Schneider said. Continue reading “Ohio resident encouraged to apply to Peace Corps after D.C. internship”

Past, present, future Peace Corps Volunteers share experiences at Chicago celebration

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Kathy Kacen, president of the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association of returned volunteers, speaks about the social and service opportunities available to those who have completed their Peace Corps service.

About 150 people attended the Peace Corps Midwest Region Volunteer Nomination, Send-Off, and Welcome Home party in downtown Chicago on June 5. The event brought together nominees and invitees soon to depart for service, family members of current and future volunteers, returned volunteers who have brought their experiences back to the U.S., regional Peace Corps staff, and other members of the Peace Corps community. Highlights included an in-person presentation from a current volunteer visiting the U.S. with her students from Jordan and a live web-video discussion with volunteers in Senegal. Nominees and invitees were introduced, and one nominee learned her country of service and departure date with a special “surprise” invitation presented by Peace Corps Midwest Regional Manager Brad Merryman.

In the conversations that occurred, the questions that were posed and answered, and the friendships that were made, the strength of the Peace Corps community was on full display. The event served as a reminder that while service lasts 27 months, the relationships among volunteers continue to make a difference and inspire the next generation long after. Continue reading “Past, present, future Peace Corps Volunteers share experiences at Chicago celebration”

Peace Corps Volunteer, Jordanian students will share experiences at Peace Corps event in Chicago

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Peace Corps Volunteer Emily Scott (right) will accompany five Jordanian students back to the U.S. for an International Problem Solving Competition.

Highland Park, Ill., resident Emily Scott, a Peace Corps education volunteer currently serving in Jordan, is taking advantage of a unique opportunity to share her work overseas with the Peace Corps community back in the U.S., while accompanying five of her Jordanian students on the trip of a lifetime.

Scott and the seventh-grade students, who won the Illinois Community Problem Solving Competition working with a team of Highland Park students, are traveling to Indiana June 6-9 to participate in the competition’s International Conference. They will also be featured guests at Peace Corps’ Midwest Region Volunteer Nomination, Send-off, and Welcome Home party in downtown Chicago on June 5. In a presentation to returned Peace Corps volunteers, invited volunteers soon to depart for service, and friends and family of currently serving volunteers, Scott and her students will illustrate how well-executed Peace Corps projects can make a difference in communities overseas, in the lives of the Volunteers, and back home in the U.S. Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer, Jordanian students will share experiences at Peace Corps event in Chicago”