Lake Orion, Michigan, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Guinea

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Susan Kay Bouvier, 51, of Lake Orion, Michigan, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guinea on December 1 to begin training as a public health educator. Bouvier will be assigned to a rural health center and conduct regular home visits to households with pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of two to promote healthy behaviors. She will also provide counseling to mothers and caregivers on essential nutrition actions, promote timely vaccinations for infants, and educate communities on signs and symptoms of preventable communicable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Continue reading “Lake Orion, Michigan, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Guinea”

Become an Agriculture Volunteer!

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Although agriculture is the primary economic activity in most countries, many communities are still not able to produce enough food, manage their water supply or implement sustainable practices for the future generations to follow. Peace Corps sends highly skilled and dedicated Volunteers out into the field to help communities combat some of these issues.

Agriculture Volunteers work to empower community members, conserve natural resources, promote agroforestry techniques, teach water management practices and improve gardening techniques.

Learn more about serving as an agriculture Volunteer through the eyes of returned and current Peace Corps agriculture Volunteers. Continue reading “Become an Agriculture Volunteer!”

The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later

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Lynne Newlon launched her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland when she was 21. After retiring thirty-seven years later, Newlon is returning to the Peace Corps and will serve in a South African community less than two hours from where she served in 1979.

At her retirement party, Lynne Newlon thought she was saying goodbye to her 30-year career in public service. For her, retirement meant more time at home with family and friends and finally tackling the stubborn home projects she had put off for years.

But plans change. Less than a year after retiring, the Indiana native will depart for South Africa on May 7 to serve in the Peace Corps – for the second time– and she couldn’t be more excited. Continue reading “The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later”

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”

Retired Missouri native joins Peace Corps to expand her world

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Linda Stewart, 66, of Florissant, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia June 29 to begin training as an English language specialist volunteer. Stewart will live and work at the community level to improve students’ English through classroom instruction, computer lab work and clubs, as well as foster professional development for English teachers. She will also work with teachers and student teachers to strengthen ties between schools and colleges where teachers are being educated.

Stewart received her bachelor’s in English in 1988 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and then her master’s in communications in 2000 from Lindenwood University. Previously, she worked for the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a coordinator for alumni relations, Urban Strategies as director of communications and training, and St. Louis Community College as interim manager of continuing education. She retired in 2011 but teaches part-time at St. Louis Community College.

“I spent most of my working life in jobs that required extensive travel, primarily in the U.S. and sometimes in Europe and Canada,” she said. “Though I love my part-time retirement job as college faculty, I needed to expand my world. The Peace Corps gives me an opportunity to live another culture and see the world from another perspective.”   Continue reading “Retired Missouri native joins Peace Corps to expand her world”

Ohio State Peace Corps recruiter receives agency’s Lillian Carter Award for commitment to service

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President Jimmy Carter, Jack Campbell, and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers at the Lillian Carter Awards in Atlanta.

Former President Jimmy Carter and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers presented the 2015 Lillian Carter Award to returned volunteer Jack Campbell, of Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday at a ceremony at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Campbell, 84, began service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji in 1989 at age 58 and completed a second assignment in Botswana from 1992-1994.

“From the very beginning, Peace Corps volunteers have entered service at all ages, from all walks of life,” Chambers said. “We’re so inspired by senior volunteers … who take the wisdom and skills they’ve acquired over their lifetime and share them so willingly with others, proving that it’s never too late to make a difference.” Continue reading “Ohio State Peace Corps recruiter receives agency’s Lillian Carter Award for commitment to service”

Son’s Peace Corps service inspires retiree parents to make a difference as volunteers

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Elsa and Jeff Shaver wash clothes in Botswana.

 

Elsa Shaver had walked by a stack of mail nearly 50 times before the headline on a magazine jumped at her: “My two years in the Peace Corps as an electrical engineer.” Her son Lee was approaching his graduation from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he studied electrical engineering, and unsure about his next step. As she read the article, she was more convinced that Peace Corps was the right fit for her son.

That article would launch a path to Peace Corps for not only Lee, but for Elsa and her husband, Jeff, as well. The three Shavers, originally from Syracuse, N.Y., but now living in Madison, Wis., are all returned Peace Corps volunteers, with Lee serving in El Salvador from 2007-09 and Elsa and Jeff serving in Botswana from 2012-14. Continue reading “Son’s Peace Corps service inspires retiree parents to make a difference as volunteers”