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”

Illinois resident eager to immerse into Indonesian culture as Peace Corps volunteer

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Kathryn Cummings, 23, of Round Lake Heights, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Indonesia March 14 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Cummings will make a difference teaching basic to intermediate English and providing enrichment learning opportunities through extracurricular and non-formal community activities.

“I have always been curious about travel and other parts of the world but have not had the means to make it happen,” Cummings said. “It is exciting that I get to immerse myself in another culture and see things from a completely different viewpoint while making a positive difference in the lives of others.” Continue reading “Illinois resident eager to immerse into Indonesian culture as Peace Corps volunteer”

Illinois State University Ranked a Top Peace Corps’ Master’s International Graduate School

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Peace Corps Volunteer and Illinois State Master’s International student David Becker

CHICAGO – Illinois State University ranks No. 8 on Peace Corps’ list of the top Master’s International schools nationwide. With 15 Master’s International students currently making a difference as Peace Corps Volunteers, ISU returns to the 2013 rankings of Peace Corps Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools after a one-year absence.

The Master’s International program allows students to incorporate Peace Corps service as credit into their graduate degree, and the Coverdell Fellows Program provides returned Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, internships in underserved American communities, and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service.

“Every year, hundreds of Peace Corps Volunteers make a difference by combining meaningful service with graduate studies through Peace Corps’ Master’s International and Coverdell Fellows programs,” Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “After completing Peace Corps service, volunteers return to the United States as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and language and technical skills that position them for success in today’s global job market.” Continue reading “Illinois State University Ranked a Top Peace Corps’ Master’s International Graduate School”