Nashville, Tennessee Resident Departs for Peace Corps Service

Jacob Dowser, 23, of Nashville, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Dowser will work in secondary institutions, sports departments, and rehabilitation centers to provide Ukrainian youth from underserved communities with knowledge and skills to integrate into a global community and live healthy, meaningful lives.

“I have always had compassion for those who are in need,” said Dowser. “I have wanted to see other parts of the world as well. The Peace Corps will allow me to do both. It will also allow me to continue the Peace Corps’ longstanding tradition of facilitating lasting impact and growth throughout the international community. We all share a common humanity, which the Peace Corps understands and graciously invites others to partake in.” Continue reading “Nashville, Tennessee Resident Departs for Peace Corps Service”

Indiana University Bloomington returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer Blair Adams in the Dominican Republic.

CHICAGO – For the first time since 2011, Indiana University Bloomington has earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 35 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university ranks at No. 25 this year among large schools nationwide.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,603 IU graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Indiana University Bloomington returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

After two years as Peace Corps Volunteer, IU alum has more work to do in Dominican Republic

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Peace Corps Volunteer Blair Adams works with students in the Dominican Republic.

Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic has changed Blair Adams’ perceptions about poverty and the world, but the most unexpected outcome has been the relationships she’s built along the way.

“I never thought I would be able to connect with someone from another culture as personally as I have with some of the Dominican friends I’ve made here,” she said.

Those friendships and the opportunities offered by her Peace Corps service have led Adams, a 2010 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, to extend her 27-month commitment until the end of the summer to finish improvements to her community’s computer lab.

“New computer donations from a Dominican organization will bring our total to 12 machines, which will allow us to bring in one or two official technical instructors to provide daily classes,” Adams said. Hiring teachers helps ensure that the project is sustainable, and that Adams’ work will continue to make a difference even after she leaves her site.

Adams is also considering staying in the Dominican Republic after she finishes service to work in the country’s fast-growing film and TV production industry. Attracted to the country’s diverse scenery, beautiful locations, and low costs, Hollywood studios are shooting more and more projects in the Dominican Republic, and Adams feels that work she finds there could help her launch a career back in the U.S. Continue reading “After two years as Peace Corps Volunteer, IU alum has more work to do in Dominican Republic”