Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg

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“People join Peace Corps for many, many reasons. My reasoning for joining was really quite selfish. I was so turned to Peace Corps knowing it would allow me to experience the ups and downs of living in a foreign land, to learn a new language, and to really explore the caverns of my shifty mind.”
– July 8, 2006, Jason Lemberg, Peace Corps Blog

Name: Jason Lemberg
Country of Service: Kyrgyz Republic, 2006-08
Assignment: Secondary English Education
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg”

Bowling Green State pushes alum outside of comfort zone, into Peace Corps service

Nicholas Ruhly with his mother Kelly.
Nicholas Ruhly with his mother Kelly.

Nicholas Ruhly, 25, of Waterville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Ruhly will live and work at the community level helping NGOs and community-based organizations on strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and professional development.

“I decided all around that helping others who don’t come from such a privileged situation through Peace Corps service was the right path for me to pursue,” Ruhly said. Continue reading “Bowling Green State pushes alum outside of comfort zone, into Peace Corps service”

AmeriCorps volunteer transfers experience training teachers to Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic

Alyssa Schmriler pictured at her graduation from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with her family. From the right: her dad Thomas, sister Sarah, brother Andrew in the back, Alyssa in the middle, brother Nick, sister Michaela, and mom on the outside.
Alyssa Schmriler, center, pictured at her graduation from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with her family. From the right: her dad Thomas, sister Sarah, brother Andrew, brother Nick, sister Michaela, and mom Bobette.

Alyssa Schmirler, 22, of Milwaukee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Schmirler will live and work at the community level to teach English as a foreign language while improving students’ English capabilities. She will also work to build English teachers’ skills through team teaching and trainings.

Schmirler is the daughter of Thomas and Bobette Schmirler and a 2010 graduate of Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also had the opportunity to study abroad.

“I first heard about the Peace Corps when I was in college,” she said. “Volunteering abroad was very appealing to me because I have always been interested in learning about different lifestyles and cultures. Studying abroad in India my senior year of college confirmed my interest, and that’s when I knew without a doubt that I wanted to serve in the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “AmeriCorps volunteer transfers experience training teachers to Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic”

Service work in school prepared Transylvania University grad for Peace Corps

White.Cody_Kygryz RepublicCody Alton, 25, of Corbin, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a non-governmental organization advising volunteer. Alton will live and work at the community level helping NGOs and community-based organizations on strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and professional development.

“A lot of my motivation to serve came from a desire to help others and hopefully make a meaningful impact, however small, on a community,” Alton said. “I wanted to take the skills and tools I have gained through school and work to assist a non-profit in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Continue reading “Service work in school prepared Transylvania University grad for Peace Corps”

Lawyer, entrepreneur begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic

Bussen_Kygryz RepublicThomas Bussen, 28, of St. Louis has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Bussen will live and work at the community level to help local organizations improve business management skills, including marketing, customer service, and financial management. He will also train community individuals on basic business concepts and business planning as well as professional development tools.

“Joining the Peace Corps was not exactly an overnight decision, but the more time that passed, the less crazy it seemed,” Bussen said.  “I’ve always been interested in the world around me; I’m an avid traveler and foreign affairs junky.  Growing up in the relative comfort of the Midwest, it has always struck me as perverse that so many people, in so many parts of the world, struggle for so little. I don’t think I can change all of that, but I hope I can help some.” Continue reading “Lawyer, entrepreneur begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic”

Michigan Tech student, S.D. native to serve in Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic

Peace Corps Masters International House at Michigan Tech.  Clockwise from the top left: Sam Clair, a current volunteer in Peru; Cole Bedford; Jomara Laboy, an invitee for Cameroon; and Eduardo Cabret, an RPCV from The Gambia and Lesotho
Peace Corps Masters International House at Michigan Tech. Clockwise from the top left: Sam Clair, a current volunteer in Peru; Cole Bedford; Jomara Laboy, an invitee for Cameroon; and Eduardo Cabret, an RPCV from The Gambia and Lesotho

Cole Bedford, 23, of Sturgis, S.D., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Bedford will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about the need for health education. He will work with community leaders and peer educators to teach families and youth about basic nutrition and sanitation, prevention of non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, and prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Continue reading “Michigan Tech student, S.D. native to serve in Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic”

Marquette, Mich., native joins Peace Corps to find likenesses, differences among people

Crothers.Maija_MarquetteMaija Crothers, 23, of Marquette, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Crothers will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about the need for health education. She will work with community leaders and peer educators to teach families and youth about basic nutrition and sanitation, prevention of non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, and prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

“Travelling throughout my life, whether it was in the U.S. or internationally, I have been intrigued with different cultures compared to where I grew up,” Crothers said. “Whether it was accents or going to a bigger city and hearing all of the different languages, I have always thoroughly enjoyed each new place that I have traveled to and discovering how people are the same or different than myself. I am looking forward to learning from others that live in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Continue reading “Marquette, Mich., native joins Peace Corps to find likenesses, differences among people”