Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer

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Name: Caroline Schier

Major:  Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering

School: Purdue University

Sector: Agriculture

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.

Get to know Peace Corps Volunteer, Caroline Shier, a 2014 Purdue University graduate, who is currently serving as an agriculture extension Volunteer in Zambia. Continue reading “Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer”

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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Iowa couple begins Peace Corps service in Fiji

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Jason Semprini, 28, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and his wife Laura, 27, of Iowa City, Iowa, have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Fiji Aug. 31 to begin training as a youth development volunteers. The Semprinis will live and work at the community level to promote and develop healthy lifestyles and environmental awareness in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sport. They will coordinate several skill-building activities, including co-teaching life skills classes, after school clubs and school gardens.

“We had both dreamed of serving with the Peace Corps long before we met,” Jason Semprini said. “Part of what brought us together was our mutual desire to see the world and serve others. Along with love and support, we see commitment as our key to success while serving with the Peace Corps: committing to each other, committing to the mission, committing to the community within Fiji, and committing to peace.”  Continue reading “Iowa couple begins Peace Corps service in Fiji”

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”

Former AmeriCorps volunteer continues passion for service as Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia

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Chelsi Burger, 23, of Park Ridge, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia Feb. 9 to begin training as an agriculture volunteer. Burger will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching and assisting fish farmers with site selection, pond construction, stocking, management and harvesting. She will also seek to enhance the integration of fish farming with other agricultural activities, such as gardening, animal husbandry, fruit trees and agro-forestry.

“I was motivated to join Peace Corps by the opportunity to travel in service to others, to develop myself as a global citizen and to promote peace though friendship,” Burger said. Continue reading “Former AmeriCorps volunteer continues passion for service as Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia”

Illinois State student begins Peace Corps service in Morocco

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Rachelle Wilson, 25, a current student at Illinois State University, in Normal, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco Jan. 12 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Wilson will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching English in middle and high schools while also developing and sharing instructional materials with local teachers. Additionally, she will participate in projects based in the school and community.

“Peace Corps is a wonderful way to serve as well as grow,” Wilson said. Continue reading “Illinois State student begins Peace Corps service in Morocco”

Clinton, Mo., couple prepares to serve in Peace Corps Ethiopia

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Jane Johannsen, 26, and her husband, Trevor Johannsen, 27, of Clinton, Mo., have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia Jan. 12 to begin training as environmental volunteers. They will live and work at the community level to make a difference organizing and facilitating environmental projects, such as establishing and maintaining soil and water conservation structures and practices, fruit tree production, fish cultivation, raising trees in small nurseries, apiculture and honey production, livestock health, meat and wool production, range management, vegetable gardening and nutrition education.

“I distinctly remember first being attracted to the idea of the Peace Corps, while watching a documentary on African schools and culture when I was about 5 or 6 years old,” Jane said. “Now, I feel that both my husband and I have reached the point where our work experience and timing has opened a window of opportunity to serve.” Continue reading “Clinton, Mo., couple prepares to serve in Peace Corps Ethiopia”