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”

Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay

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Nikkolette Hunter, 25, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on February 21, 2017, to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Hunter will live and work at the community level to improve financial literacy and work with local entrepreneurs.

Hunter’s love for international travel and service inspired her to join the Peace Corps.

Hunter is the daughter of Alesia and Glenn Hunter of Franklin, Tennessee, and a graduate of Independence High School of Thompson Station, Tennessee. She attended the University of  California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international development studies, minoring in Latin American studies, in  September 2014.  Continue reading “Franklin, Tennessee, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Paraguay”

Madison Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metropolitan Areas in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Madison, Wisconsin ranks No. 8 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 40 volunteers from Madison and 199 volunteers from Wisconsin currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 6,160 Wisconsinites have served in the Peace Corps.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

Madison made a significant 12-spot climb from last year’s rankings. For the past three years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the top volunteer-producing universities in the country. Wisconsin volunteers are among the more than 220,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Madison Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metropolitan Areas in 2016”

LGBQT Volunteer Overcomes Obstacles, Prevails in Peace Corps Service

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Kyle Miller knew obstacles would arise while serving as an LGBQT Peace Corps Volunteer, but that wasn’t going to stop him from fulfilling his childhood dream.  Joining the Peace Corps had been tugging at him since he was 10 years old, and when he finally dove in and was accepted to serve in Paraguay, he never looked back.

“My overall thought was Peace Corps has been too much of a dream not to go for it based on my sexuality,” Miller said. “I think it is important to be comfortable with your own sexuality before entering the Peace Corps. At times, the Peace Corps can be very challenging for a variety of different reasons. However, I always feel like I am able to fall back on knowing who I am, and being ok with it, even if it isn’t shared with everyone.” Continue reading “LGBQT Volunteer Overcomes Obstacles, Prevails in Peace Corps Service”

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”

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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Ottertail, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic

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Jessica Spanswick (left) with her sister, Andrea Marthaler

Jessica Spanswick, 26, of Ottertail, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for the Dominican Republic on March 1 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Spanswick will live and work at the community level to help Dominican communities increase sustainable economic development opportunities. She will provide business management assistance in marketing, product and service development, and customer service.

Spanswick’s passion for service and desire to work in international development led her to the Peace Corps.  “I learned that I have a passion for helping people realize their potential,” she said.  “The joy I experienced when a tutee celebrated an A on her writing assignment, the pride I felt when someone mastered the math exercise — these feelings of ‘Wow, I love helping people succeed’ — became a guiding principle in my life after college.”

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