Michigan Resident Marks Peace Corps Service Off Bucket List

Joining the Peace Corps had always been on Rebecca McCroskey’s bucket list, but life always seemed to get in the way. But after raising two children and forging a successful 40 year career, McCroskey is finally ready to cross it off her bucket list. On March 10, McCroskey will depart for Jamaica to begin training as an environment/agro-forestry Volunteer and will work with local organizations and schools to educate her community about sustainable lifestyles.

“My years on the planet have given me a level of confidence I couldn’t have possessed in my 20s. Kids, jobs, relocation, disease, divorce and death – life takes guts,” she said. “I have boldly jumped off lots of cliffs, and I’ve been pushed off a couple as well. This assignment will become another chapter in my personal microcosmic study.” Continue reading “Michigan Resident Marks Peace Corps Service Off Bucket List”

Oakland University grad departs for Peace Corps Paraguay

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Alex Morton, 22, of Muskegon, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay March 2 to begin training as a community services volunteer. Morton will live and work at the community level to organize projects focusing on education, youth development, health, environment and business. She will work with municipalities, cooperatives, schools, non-governmental organizations, neighborhood commissions and other organizations to help the community evaluate and address its needs.

“I was motivated to serve in the Peace Corps to help others in need,” Morton said. “I also hope to use my experiences in Paraguay to educate others in the community about other cultures and the need in some of these communities.” Continue reading “Oakland University grad departs for Peace Corps Paraguay”

Muskegon, Mich, Peace Corps Volunteer leads environmental camp in Nicaragua

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Peace Corps Volunteer Carly Steinhauer with the mural made out of recycled materials.

Peace Corps Volunteer Carly Steinhauer of Muskegon, Mich., led a three-day camp in her Nicaraguan community focused on recycling, English language skills and interactive games. The camp culminated in the participants creating a mural out of recycled materials, including bottle caps, seashells, CDs, broken glass and ceramics.

The idea for the camp came when Steinhauer noticed a large amount of litter in her community, as well as a number of young people with nothing to do. “I contemplated what to do with this situation of boredom and pollution and one thing came to mind: a youth camp including a bottle cap mural. The future of Nicaragua lies in the hands of the youth, so the idea of demonstrating garbage as art may intrigue them enough to carry out this idea and continue with similar projects,” said Steinhauer, a graduate of Grand Valley State University. Continue reading “Muskegon, Mich, Peace Corps Volunteer leads environmental camp in Nicaragua”

Muskegon resident begins Peace Corps service in Guinea

Courtney Michele Clark, 22, of Muskegon, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guinea Nov. 26 to begin training as a Public Health volunteer. Clark will live and work in a community to implement programs for health education, community outreach, and behavior change concepts.

 “I am strongly passionate about the Peace Corps’ three central goals. I have received so much in my life, including an excellent education that would not have been possible without the generosity of those around me. I am eager to reciprocate,” she said. Continue reading “Muskegon resident begins Peace Corps service in Guinea”