St. Joseph, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Albania

peregrineJames Peregrine, 23, of St. Joseph, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Albania on March 4 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Peregrine will work with local nongovernmental organizations to improve their business practices. He will assist organizations in their capacity-building, business development, communications, management, and technology skills.

“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps for the opportunity to use my business education within this great organization,” said Peregrine. “I believe that in the United States we have been blessed with many opportunities. Furthermore, as we live in a wonderful and diverse world, I look forward to fulfill the purpose statement of the Peace Corps to ‘help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.’” Continue reading “St. Joseph, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Albania”

St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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Thomas Hamilton, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Thomas will work at the community level to work with at-risk youth and develop camps, clubs, youth groups, and other after-school activities. Hamilton will also teach computer, money management, business, and employability skills to the community at large.

“I’ve been interested in serving, specifically in Latin America, since I studied abroad in Costa Rica in high school and became friends with a Peace Corps volunteer serving near me,” Hamilton said. “Her projects serving the people in my area inspired me, and I saw the direct effects they can have on good people.” Continue reading “St. Louis, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

St. Louis, Missouri, resident begins Peace Corps service in Albania

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Michael McLemore, 26, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Albania on March 4th to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. McLemore will live and work at the community level to make a difference by promoting organizational development and increasing his coworkers’ skill capacity. He may be placed in either a local government unit or one of a variety of different community-based organizations in Albania.

Prior to Peace Corps, McLemore served with the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team.

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Lawyer, entrepreneur begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic

Bussen_Kygryz RepublicThomas Bussen, 28, of St. Louis has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Bussen will live and work at the community level to help local organizations improve business management skills, including marketing, customer service, and financial management. He will also train community individuals on basic business concepts and business planning as well as professional development tools.

“Joining the Peace Corps was not exactly an overnight decision, but the more time that passed, the less crazy it seemed,” Bussen said.  “I’ve always been interested in the world around me; I’m an avid traveler and foreign affairs junky.  Growing up in the relative comfort of the Midwest, it has always struck me as perverse that so many people, in so many parts of the world, struggle for so little. I don’t think I can change all of that, but I hope I can help some.” Continue reading “Lawyer, entrepreneur begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic”

St. Louis couple’s love for art, English fuels projects in Peace Corps Rwanda

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Doug and Kirsten Weaver, of St. Louis, are currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Rwanda and make a difference teaching English as a foreign language. Kirsten earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from the University of Missouri –Columbia in 2010 and then graduated from the University of Missouri –St. Louis with a master’s degree in social work in 2013. Doug has a bachelor’s in painting from Columbia College and masters in painting and drawing from Fontbonne University, graduating in 2011 and 2013. They arrived in Rwanda in 2013 and will end their service later this year. Below Doug describes how they use their skills to help and enrich others in Rwanda.

It was initially Kirsten’s idea to join the Peace Corps, but we decided together that after we finished school and before we had jobs or children we wanted to dedicate our time to a service where our skills could be best utilized to meet the greatest need. When Peace Corps gave us our assignment, we were thrilled to have been placed in Africa. We knew little about Rwanda outside of the 1994 genocide, but we couldn’t wait to move there. Continue reading “St. Louis couple’s love for art, English fuels projects in Peace Corps Rwanda”

Lawyer, returned volunteer believes Peace Corps gave her courage for all of life

Marie Kenyon of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry.

Marie Kenyon, 52, knows that she has the courage to do anything. Whenever life hands her a troubling situation, she thinks about being a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger when she was 21.

“For the rest of my life, whenever I am going through something, I think, ‘Marie, you did two years living in a mud hut, speaking a language you don’t know, and you survived. You had fun,’” Kenyon said. “Peace Corps definitely made me braver going through life.” Continue reading “Lawyer, returned volunteer believes Peace Corps gave her courage for all of life”

St. Louis resident begins Peace Corps service in El Salvador

Ragan Dueker, 26, of St. Louis, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for El Salvador July 15 to begin training as a community organization and economic development volunteer. Dueker will make a difference working on education, youth development, health, environmental, and business projects based on the needs of her community.

“I would like to help the world’s poor gain more control of their lives and gain much needed development experience,” she said. Continue reading “St. Louis resident begins Peace Corps service in El Salvador”