Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine

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Taylor Reynolds, 25, of Toledo, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a community youth volunteer. Reynolds will work in local youth departments, social services centers, youth nongovernmental organizations, and after-school educational institutions to focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, preparing youth for work, and educating active citizens.  Continue reading “Toledo, Ohio Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Ukraine”

Parents’ Love Story Inspires Daughter To Join Peace Corps

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Tracy’s parents were married in Colombia in 1980, nearly a year after meeting. Still married today, the two are proud to send their daughter to the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps has always been in Alexandra Tracy’s blood. For almost her entire life, her parents have replayed their love story for her – painting the picture of how they met in Colombia in 1978, when her father was a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Coming from two completely different worlds, Tracy’s father thirsted for adventure after graduating from college, and her mother, a Colombia resident, was looking for the same. It was during his pre-service training in Bogota, Colombia, when he was placed with a host family that he met the love of his life. Nearly a year later, the two were married in Colombia and they eventually forged a life together back in the U.S.

Their love story, amongst other things, inspired Tracy, 28, to serve also in Colombia with her husband.

“My husband (then fiancé) and I got the acceptance email on the same day. We applied together, but we weren’t at the same location. We were so happy that we called each other,” said the Michigan native. Continue reading “Parents’ Love Story Inspires Daughter To Join Peace Corps”

Urbana, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Cambodia

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Brittany Baker (center) departed for Peace Corps service in Cambodia on July 14.

Brittany Baker, 22, of Urbana, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia on July 14 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher as part of the community’s TEFL program. Baker will work at the community level to teach English at the high school and middle school level. She will also lead and develop extracurricular activities to enhance the educational experience for youth in her community.

“The moment I was accepted to Peace Corps was one of the happiest moments of my life because this has been a 10-year journey,” said Baker. “Although I can’t put my finger on what exactly motivated me to join, I’ve always been a curious person and Peace Corps is a way for me to learn and explore.” Continue reading “Urbana, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Cambodia”

Marysville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand

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Nathaniel Allen, 26, of Marysville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Swaziland June 16 to begin training as a youth development Volunteer. Allen will work at the community level to empower Swazi youth to become leaders in the community, build vocational skills, and lead healthy lives. Allen will also work at schools throughout the community to build relationships with youth and key leaders.

“Once I got my Peace Corps invitation, I immediately sent a screen shot of the invitation to my best friends. The rest of the day, I had the biggest smile on my face,” Allen said. “It was a surreal moment – that moment when you say to yourself, ‘You’re actually going to be serving in the Peace Corps in Africa.’” Continue reading “Marysville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Thailand”

Zanesville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Malawi

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Amanda Stubbins, 25, of Zanesville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Malawi on June 14 to train as a secondary education English teacher as part of the community’s TEFL teaching program. Stubbins and other Peace Corps Volunteers will serve in response to the shortage of teachers in the Malawian community. Stubbins will teach English to ninth through 12th grade students in a rural secondary school .

“I found out I was accepted to the Peace Corps one morning after I had finished teaching my English class in Washington, DC. I received the e-mail and felt such excitement and relief when I learned of my acceptance,” Stubbins said. “It had been a long road of research, planning, essays, and an interview. I ran into the room of my friend, colleague, and fellow Peace Corps Volunteer, and we celebrated the news together.” Continue reading “Zanesville, Ohio, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Malawi”

The Greater Mission: LGBTQ Volunteer’s Impact In Peace Corps

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David Church knew what volunteering in Namibia as a Peace Corps Volunteer meant.

Due to cultural perceptions of gay men, he knew that he may not be able to tell his new community members and new friends that he was dating a man. He knew that he could not walk hand-in-hand in his village with someone of the same sex. When questions emerged about his life in the U.S., he knew that he may have to leave some things out.

But David, 39, is not defined by his sexuality, and the impact he hoped to have on his Namibian village trumped all. For the first time, David learned what it meant to truly be selfless.

“Sexuality, for me, is just a small part of what makes up who I am,” David said. “Well into my service, a friend said that what I was doing was more important than anything else I had done before. I realized that being out wasn’t as important to my Peace Corps goals as I had thought it might be. My Peace Corps experience was bigger than me.” Continue reading “The Greater Mission: LGBTQ Volunteer’s Impact In Peace Corps”

The Ohio State University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Peace Corps volunteers Dara Doss (left) and Ben Jenkins (right), both OSU alums, teach their students the OSU chant and stance during pre-service training.
Peace Corps volunteers Dara Doss (left) and Ben Jenkins (right), both OSU alums, teach their students the OSU chant and stance during pre-service training.

CHICAGO – For the fourth year in a row, The Ohio State University ranks in the top 10 on Peace Corps’ list of the top volunteer-producing large universities. Currently, 42 graduates from Ohio State are making a difference around the world as volunteers, putting the university at No. 10 on the agency’s 2016 list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,759 alums have served overseas, making The Ohio State University the tenth all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

“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 “The Ohio State University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”