Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time

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Tia Sandoval wanted more than just an office job after graduation.

After studying abroad throughout her undergraduate career, she longed for more adventure and wonder. But it wasn’t until she sat down with her mother to discuss her post-grad opportunities that it all clicked.

“I was looking for a job that allowed me to travel,” Sandoval said. “After doing some research, I realized Peace Corps was that job. I could learn more about agriculture in Nepal, learn another language, and really integrate into another culture. My mom had always been supportive of my desire to be aboard and experience the world. She was integral in leading me toward the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time”

Minnesota Native Starts Business After Peace Corps Service

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As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, Kelsey Bigbee, 26, spent more than two years encouraging healthy lifestyle habits among her community. But there was one practice that stuck with the Minnesota native: the use of the moringa powder.

Stemming from the moringa oleifera tree, the powder contains more than 90 nutrients and reaps a number of powerful health benefits, such as helping to reduce the symptoms in diabetes patients and helping the liver, brain, and heart. After witnessing some of its benefits for herself, Bigbee decided to start her own business selling moringa powder in the U.S. after she completed her Peace Corps service in October 2015.   Continue reading “Minnesota Native Starts Business After Peace Corps Service”

Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently•serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.
Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently• serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, Michigan State University has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. With 33 Spartans currently making a difference around the world as volunteers, MSU ranks No. 22 among large universities nationwide on the 2016 list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 2,357 alums have served overseas, making Michigan State the No. 6 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

“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 “Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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Aaron Ross (center) is a May 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He is currently serving as a food security volunteer in Nepal.

CHICAGO – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, ranking No. 14 among medium-sized universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 16 alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

This is the first year that college has made the annual list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Since the agency was created in 1961, 434 alums have served in Peace Corps.

“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 “University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Wisconsin native departs for Peace Corps in hopes of assisting Nepal in meetings its needs

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William Gross, 28, of Sun Prairie, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Nepal March 6 to begin training as a crop extension volunteer. Gross will live and work at the community level organizing projects and trainings to encourage sustainable-crop production through promotion of organic-farming techniques and better farm management. His possible projects include conducting workshops on integrated pest management, introducing composting, green manures, and other soil improvement techniques, testing new varieties of seeds and demonstrating post-harvest management methods and teaching agriculture and extension methodologies.

“I joined the Peace Corps because I wanted to assist an underdeveloped nation in better meeting the needs of its people and keeping up with the needs of the world as a whole,” Gross said. “I believe that our world can only advance when every nation is on the same page and when everyone has the same resources and assistance.” Continue reading “Wisconsin native departs for Peace Corps in hopes of assisting Nepal in meetings its needs”

Minnesota native hopes to improve lives in Peace Corps Nepal

Jennifer Panuska with her twin brother Mike.
Jennifer Panuska with her twin brother Mike.

Jennifer Panuska, 23, of St. Michael, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Nepal March 6 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Panuska will live and work at the community level teaching public health in classrooms and model methodologies and subjects for primary and secondary school teachers. Her possible projects include surveying communities, assisting clinics and government offices to identify health education needs, devising educational programs to address local health conditions, assisting in marketing of messages aimed at improving local health practices and carrying out epidemiological studies.

“It is something I had dreamed of doing since I was a little kid,” Panuska said. “I have always marveled at other cultures and wanted to leave my mark in this world, traveling and making a positive difference in other peoples’ lives.” Continue reading “Minnesota native hopes to improve lives in Peace Corps Nepal”

Denison graduate begins Peace Corps service in Nepal

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Sarah Kosling, 23, of Granville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Nepal March 6 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Kosling will live and work at the community level working to improve food security for rural families. Her possible projects include establishing and maintaining soil and water conservation structures and practices, fruit tree production, fish cultivation, raising trees in small nurseries, apiculture and honey production, livestock health, meat and wool production, range management, vegetable gardening and nutrition education.

“The Peace Corps is everything I envision accomplishing in my future all rolled into one,” Kosling said. “I am helping others and seeing the direct result of that service. I am not only traveling but completely immersing myself into a new culture and language while getting to know the kind peaceful people of Nepal. I am gaining a completely different perspective on life and material possession, and meeting other Americans that hold the same values and passions that I hold.” Continue reading “Denison graduate begins Peace Corps service in Nepal”