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”

Milwaukee native stops at Peace Corps on path to become doctor

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Claudia Roen, 21, of Milwaukee has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia June 8 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Roen will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about health education, teaching basic nutrition and sanitation, prevention of non-communicable diseases, child and maternal health, oral re-hydration, and prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

“I’ve always been interested in healthcare since I can remember and have always dreamed of being a doctor,” Roen said. “It wasn’t until I began college that I became more interested in public health and, by extension, global health.” Continue reading “Milwaukee native stops at Peace Corps on path to become doctor”

AmeriCorps volunteer transfers experience training teachers to Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic

Alyssa Schmriler pictured at her graduation from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with her family. From the right: her dad Thomas, sister Sarah, brother Andrew in the back, Alyssa in the middle, brother Nick, sister Michaela, and mom on the outside.
Alyssa Schmriler, center, pictured at her graduation from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with her family. From the right: her dad Thomas, sister Sarah, brother Andrew, brother Nick, sister Michaela, and mom Bobette.

Alyssa Schmirler, 22, of Milwaukee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Schmirler will live and work at the community level to teach English as a foreign language while improving students’ English capabilities. She will also work to build English teachers’ skills through team teaching and trainings.

Schmirler is the daughter of Thomas and Bobette Schmirler and a 2010 graduate of Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also had the opportunity to study abroad.

“I first heard about the Peace Corps when I was in college,” she said. “Volunteering abroad was very appealing to me because I have always been interested in learning about different lifestyles and cultures. Studying abroad in India my senior year of college confirmed my interest, and that’s when I knew without a doubt that I wanted to serve in the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “AmeriCorps volunteer transfers experience training teachers to Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic”

Milwaukee resident begins Peace Corps service in Ecuador

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Erica Woods, 27, of Milwaukee, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ecuador Jan. 14 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Woods will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching English and helping develop a standard English language curriculum.

“My love for helping others and learning about culture inspired me to serve in the Peace Corps,” Woods said. Continue reading “Milwaukee resident begins Peace Corps service in Ecuador”