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”

Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and the Indiana University School of Public Health –  Bloomington have announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in under-served American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with IU School of Public Health- Bloomington to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will be available to students pursing a master’s of public health (MPH) degree. Students in the program have the opportunity to study in the areas of biostatistics, environmental health, physical activity, or professional health education. Continue reading “Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Michigan City, Indiana, Resident Selected For Peace Corps Service

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Name: Riley Holkan

Hometown: Michigan City, Indiana

College: Ball State University

Major: Pre-Med

Riley Holkan, 23, of Michigan City, Indiana, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia on August 16 to begin training as a secondary education science teacher. Holkan will work at the community level to teach science at the primary, secondary and high schools. He will also assist the schools in providing extra-curricular activities for students and work on community secondary projects.

“When I found out that I was accepted to the Peace Corps, I felt as if a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders,” Holkan said. “During your senior year of college there is this immense pressure to have your life planned and to be ready to hit the ground running after graduation. I knew I wanted a unique experience, one that challenged me every day, rather than jumping right into graduate school coursework, thus I applied.” Continue reading “Michigan City, Indiana, Resident Selected For Peace Corps Service”

The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later

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Lynne Newlon launched her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland when she was 21. After retiring thirty-seven years later, Newlon is returning to the Peace Corps and will serve in a South African community less than two hours from where she served in 1979.

At her retirement party, Lynne Newlon thought she was saying goodbye to her 30-year career in public service. For her, retirement meant more time at home with family and friends and finally tackling the stubborn home projects she had put off for years.

But plans change. Less than a year after retiring, the Indiana native will depart for South Africa on May 7 to serve in the Peace Corps – for the second time– and she couldn’t be more excited. Continue reading “The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later”

Indiana University makes big jump on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Jennifer Wininger is serving in Thailand as an education volunteer since January 2015. She is a 2007 graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington.
Jennifer Wininger is serving in Thailand as an education volunteer since January 2015. She is a 2007 graduate of Indiana University – Bloomington.

CHICAGO – For the third consecutive year, Indiana University Bloomington has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. IU moved up 13 positions to No. 7 among large universities nationwide, with 47 Hoosiers currently making a difference around the world as volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,653 IU alums have served overseas with 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 “Indiana University makes big jump on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Tulane University earns top spot among graduate schools on Peace Corps’ annual rankings

Alexandra Ernst iscurrently attending Tulane University as part of Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows her to earn a master’s degree in global health systems and development while serving in Peace Corps. She is serving as a health volunteer in Mozambique.
Alexandra Ernst is currently attending Tulane University as part of Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows her to earn a master’s degree in global health systems and development while serving in Peace Corps. She is serving as a health volunteer in Mozambique.

CHICAGO – Tulane University is the No. 1 graduate school nationwide in producing Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Tulane also ranks No. 12 among mid-sized undergraduate schools on Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Currently, 18 graduate students and 19 undergraduate alumni are making a difference around the world as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 525 Tulane graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Tulane University earns top spot among graduate schools on Peace Corps’ annual rankings”

How this Peace Corps applicant turned a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes’

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Tori Jackson vividly remembers February 24th, 2015. It was the day she received notification that she was not selected for the Peace Corps, and her dreams were suddenly put on hold.

But 30 days was all it took for the Indianapolis native to turn the ‘no’ into a ‘yes’. The George Washington University graduate was determined to make her a dream a reality and spent a month revamping and improving her application. Her hard work paid off, and Tori will begin serving as a secondary English education teacher in Ecuador on Jan. 26. Continue reading “How this Peace Corps applicant turned a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes’”