Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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Nikkolette Hunter, 25, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21, 2017, to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Hunter will live and work at the community level to improve financial literacy and work with local entrepreneurs.

Hunter’s love for international travel and service inspired her to join the Peace Corps.

Hunter is the daughter of Alesia and Glenn Hunter of Franklin, Tennessee, and a graduate of Independence High School of Thompson Station, Tennessee. She attended the University of  California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international development studies, minoring in Latin American studies, in  September 2014.  Continue reading “Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

Celebrating and sharing history and cultures – Peace Corps volunteer finds passion through service in Malawi

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When Nyassa Kollie’s father thinks about his childhood and the hurdles he overcame in pursuit of his education, he replays the voices of encouragement telling him that he could do anything, even earn a doctorate in chemistry. Similarly, when Kollie’s mother faced obstacles growing up, it was the voices of hope that prevailed and lifted her up, reminding her that her education mattered.

Those voices her parents heard belonged to Peace Corps volunteers.

Kollie, now a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, wouldn’t fully grasp the motivation that fueled her father’s passion for education, or of the love her mother had for the volunteers who defined her youth until years later. Continue reading “Celebrating and sharing history and cultures – Peace Corps volunteer finds passion through service in Malawi”

St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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Thomas Hamilton, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Thomas will work at the community level to work with at-risk youth and develop camps, clubs, youth groups, and other after-school activities. Hamilton will also teach computer, money management, business, and employability skills to the community at large.

“I’ve been interested in serving, specifically in Latin America, since I studied abroad in Costa Rica in high school and became friends with a Peace Corps volunteer serving near me,” Hamilton said. “Her projects serving the people in my area inspired me, and I saw the direct effects they can have on good people.” Continue reading “St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica

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Theresa Kedinger, 29, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on February 20 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Kedinger will work at the community level to build one-on-one relationships with women, youth, and potential entrepreneurs. She will advise business, marketing, financial management, and product design plans, in addition to teaching literacy programs and facilitating business workshops.

“My mother got my sisters and I involved in volunteering at a very young age, and I have always enjoyed the experiences that each has offered,” Kedinger said. “Each encounter, whether it be with an organization itself, the people who work there, or the population that they are serving, has had an impact on who I am today. If I can make an impact, in even the smallest form, I am doing something good for the world, and that is important to me.” Continue reading “Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica”

Clarksville, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Colombia

mahoney_colombiaKellie Mahoney, 26, of Clarksville, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Colombia on January 17 to begin training as a primary education teacher trainer. Mahoney will work at the community level to help train and develop teachers’ English-teaching skills. She will also create resources for the classroom, facilitate staff professional development opportunities, and co-teach lessons.

“I’ve had an interest in serving with the Peace Corps for the last few years,” Mahoney said. “After serving with AmeriCorps, I dove into more opportunities that have shaped my life where it is today. My passion for teaching has motivated me to want to serve in communities around the world. I’m attracted to the Peace Corps because I want to be challenged and reach out to students and communities.” Continue reading “Clarksville, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Colombia”

Tulsa, Oklahoma, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand

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Nemhoilhing Kipgen, 23, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Thailand this month to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Kipgen will work at the community level to educate youth about topics in reproductive health, sports and nutrition, and drug and alcohol use. She will also work to promote leadership activities and community service opportunities within her community.

“I spent most of my childhood in Myanmar. My family and I immigrated to the United States through the United Nations refugee resettlement program. My personal experiences have been a great asset for me and I want to give back to the community,” Kipgen said. “Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer at City Year Tulsa. My work with City Year further motivated me to join the Peace Corps, and do my best to help others globally.” Continue reading “Tulsa, Oklahoma, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand”

25 countries later, Indiana couple commits to Peace Corps service in Thailand

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Sara and Greg’s life is always in constant motion.

From volunteering with nonprofits in Malawi, to working for Teach For America for two years, the couple’s robust lifestyle allows them to peer into the living conditions that many face across the globe. In the past three years alone, they have traveled to 25 countries and over six different continents.

But with each trip and stamp they collect on their passports, they crave to do something more with their lives. This January, the couple will do just that.

As Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand, the couple will spend the next 27 months using their experiences and skills to make an impact on their local community. Sara will work as a youth in development Volunteer, where she will improve the lifestyles of local youth, and Greg will work as a teacher collaborator and primary education specialist, where he will engage in community development opportunities, improve schools, and train local teachers. This will be Greg’s second time serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer; he served as a youth development Volunteer in Bulgaria from 2008-10. Continue reading “25 countries later, Indiana couple commits to Peace Corps service in Thailand”