Henderson, Kentucky, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia

Kurtz_NamibiaName: Richard Kurtz

City: Henderson, Kentucky

School: University of Southern Indiana

Major: Computer Science

Richard Kurtz, 34, of Henderson, Kentucky, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia on August 18 to begin training as a secondary education mathematics teacher. Kurtz will work at the community level to teach math 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.

“The moment I received my invitation, I had to sit down for a few minutes,” Kurtz said. “I had been waiting for months to hear if I would be one of the few chosen to go and the moment had arrived.I was finally able to feel what I had been wondering about for what seemed like forever – the joy of success. It was like an explosion of relief, happiness and excitement blew up inside of me.” Continue reading “Henderson, Kentucky, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia”

Kentucky native’s lasting ties to Peace Corps Guinea

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Rachel Savane served in Guinea from 1990-92 as a community development and public health volunteer.

Returned Peace Corps volunteer Rachel Savane has ties that cannot be broken to Guinea. After all, it’s where she served in the Peace Corps for two years, where the inspiration for her jewelry designs came from and where she met her husband and father of her children.

“My plan as a young adult was to gain life experience throughout my 20s, and who can really see beyond that?” said Savane on her motivation to join the Peace Corps in the 1990s. Continue reading “Kentucky native’s lasting ties to Peace Corps Guinea”

More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ben Bowman served in Zambia, 2012-14.

When he was a student at the University of Louisville, Ben Bowman worked alongside professors and graduate students in a biology lab. Looking back years later, he says the experience not only taught him about science, but also put him on a path toward making a difference as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

“I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a project to hopefully publish one day. From this I developed a much different way of thinking about problems and how to go about solving them,”  said Bowman, who served as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer in Zambia, from 2012 to 2014. “Now when I face challenges, Peace Corps has allowed me to develop my own ways of going about finding a solution.”

Bowman, who graduated from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a double major in biology and psychology, is one of 217 alums who have served as Peace Corps volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.  Continue reading “More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps”

Kentucky native hopes to become effective leader as Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia

Christy Eubank with her parents, Johnny and Sherree Eubank.
Christy Eubank with her parents, Johnny and Sherree Eubank.

Christy Eubank, 25, of Gamaliel, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as an English teacher and teacher trainer volunteer.  Eubank will live and work at the community level co-teaching basic and intermediate English. She will also lead extracurricular activities to enhance language learning.

“Joining the Peace Corps is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” Eubank said. “I love to travel and I have a lot of interest in learning about other cultures.” Continue reading “Kentucky native hopes to become effective leader as Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia”

Service work in school prepared Transylvania University grad for Peace Corps

White.Cody_Kygryz RepublicCody Alton, 25, of Corbin, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a non-governmental organization advising volunteer. Alton will live and work at the community level helping NGOs and community-based organizations on strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and professional development.

“A lot of my motivation to serve came from a desire to help others and hopefully make a meaningful impact, however small, on a community,” Alton said. “I wanted to take the skills and tools I have gained through school and work to assist a non-profit in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Continue reading “Service work in school prepared Transylvania University grad for Peace Corps”

Ohio couple begins Peace Corps service in Morocco

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Matthew Stuckey, 26, of Perrsyburg, Ohio, and his wife Anne Stuckey, 25, of Ashland, Ohio, have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco Jan. 12 to begin training as English education volunteers. The Stuckeys will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching English in middle and high schools while also developing and sharing instructional materials with local teachers. Additionally, they will participate in projects based in the school and community.

“Anne and I knew we wanted to go overseas because of our love for other cultures, and we were attracted to the Peace Corps because of the training and support they provide, as well as their excellent reputation,” Matthew said. Continue reading “Ohio couple begins Peace Corps service in Morocco”

Mount Sterling, Ky., resident hopes to add experience, knowledge to life as Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia

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Leighia Eggett, 23, of Mount Sterling, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia Jan. 12 to begin training as an environmental extension and forestry volunteer. Eggett will live and work at the community level to make a difference helping communities conserve natural resources by working on projects such as soil conservation, watershed management and flood control.

“By combining multiple cultures, we create one inclusive culture – the human culture,” Eggett said. “Every different person adds an important element to this mutual phenomenon called life. That in turn should be shared to grow other’s experiences and knowledge. The Peace Corps is the perfect medium for this exchange of knowledge about life.” Continue reading “Mount Sterling, Ky., resident hopes to add experience, knowledge to life as Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia”