Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica

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Theresa Kedinger, 29, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on February 20 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Kedinger will work at the community level to build one-on-one relationships with women, youth, and potential entrepreneurs. She will advise business, marketing, financial management, and product design plans, in addition to teaching literacy programs and facilitating business workshops.

“My mother got my sisters and I involved in volunteering at a very young age, and I have always enjoyed the experiences that each has offered,” Kedinger said. “Each encounter, whether it be with an organization itself, the people who work there, or the population that they are serving, has had an impact on who I am today. If I can make an impact, in even the smallest form, I am doing something good for the world, and that is important to me.” Continue reading “Milwaukee Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Costa Rica”

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda

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Peace Corps Volunteers know that service isn’t a bucket list item; it’s a life-long dedication. Once you are part of the Peace Corps family, you are always a member. No one knows that better than Lindsay Carrera, a Hartland, Wisconsin, native who recently completed her service in Uganda.

“I have always wanted to do Peace Corps – since I was young,” Carrera said, “I love learning about people and trying to help. It was an educational experience.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda”

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia

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City: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

School: University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Major: Human biology

Dana Schmidt, 28, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia on August 18 to begin training as a science education Volunteer. Schmidt will work at the community level to teach in classrooms with limited resources at the primary, middle and high school level. Schmidt will also work to engage her students and community members in extracurricular activities.

“I was delighted when I got the invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer,” Schmidt said. “I’m ecstatic to be given the opportunity to check off one of my life long goals. The motivation to join the Peace Corps started in high school when a Peace Corps recruiter had a booth with information. The opportunity to travel and meet new people, as well as learn about new cultures and languages, interested me to pursue the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia”

Madison resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

Mary Chandler (center) will depart for Peace Corps service in Georgia on April 18.
Mary Chandler (center) will depart for Peace Corps service in Georgia on April 18.

Mary Chandler, 64, of Madison, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia on April 18 to begin training as a community development advisor. Chandler will work at the community level to help improve employability, financial literacy, management, marketing and networking skills at local organizations. She will also work with non-governmental organizations and not-for-profit groups to improve her community’s standard of living.

“I wanted to spend some of my time giving back. I’m at a new beginning in life,” Chandler said. “I recently sold a company that engaged me daily for many, many years. At a crossroad, I decided to take the path that led me to this new adventure.” Continue reading “Madison resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”

Returned Peace Corps volunteer brings Nicaraguan values home

Alison Feurerstein (center right) at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with her parents and husband.

Joining the Peace Corps was a jumping-off point for Alison Feurerstein. Two service-filled years in Nicaragua propelled the Madison, Wis. native into a dynamic public health career, opened her eyes to a new culture and led her to her life partner.

But Feurerstein found more than just love within the Nicaraguan culture – Peace Corps changed her perspective on family, community and relationships. When looking back, it all started with the leap.

“My current job is building on my Peace Corps experience and giving me a more local look at public health and health disparities,” said Feurerstein, who worked in Nicaragua from 2013-15 as a health education volunteer. “Peace Corps was my launching off point towards a career in public health.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps volunteer brings Nicaraguan values home”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.
Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.

CHICAGO – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has maintained its position as the nation’s No. 2 producer of Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Currently, 68 Badgers are making a difference around the world as volunteers.

UW-Madison has made the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list every year since the ranking system began in 2001 and held the No. 1 spot for six years from 2001 to 2006, as well as in 2014.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 3,184 alums have served overseas, making UW-Madison also the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

University of Minnesota moves to No. 3 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Krista Krauss is serving in Guatemala as a maternal and child health volunteer. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
Krista Krauss is serving in Guatemala as a maternal and child health volunteer. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013.

CHICAGO – The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN) has moved up on Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, claiming the No. 3 spot among large universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 59 Minnesota graduates serving abroad.

This year marks the university’s 16th appearance on the annual list. In 2014, UMN jumped 10 spots to No. 10, and last year it moved up to fifth place.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,502 alums have served overseas, making the UMN the No. 19 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “University of Minnesota moves to No. 3 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”