From campus ambassador to Peace Corps Volunteer

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Amanda Higbee always knew that she wanted to join the Peace Corps after college. As a communications major at Trine University, Higbee was inspired by the first-hand testimonials of returned Peace Corps Volunteers. So when an internship opportunity with the Peace Corps became available on campus, she leaped at the chance to inspire the next generation of Volunteers.

“When I saw information about the campus ambassador program on Twitter it was a relatively new program,” Higbee said. “I knew that the Peace Corps was something I was very interested in, and I thought the program would be a good way to learn more about Peace Corps service as well as get to know some recruiters and returned Volunteers.” Continue reading “From campus ambassador to Peace Corps Volunteer”

St. Joseph, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Albania

peregrineJames Peregrine, 23, of St. Joseph, Missouri, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Albania on March 4 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Peregrine will work with local nongovernmental organizations to improve their business practices. He will assist organizations in their capacity-building, business development, communications, management, and technology skills.

“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps for the opportunity to use my business education within this great organization,” said Peregrine. “I believe that in the United States we have been blessed with many opportunities. Furthermore, as we live in a wonderful and diverse world, I look forward to fulfill the purpose statement of the Peace Corps to ‘help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.’” Continue reading “St. Joseph, Missouri, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Albania”

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”

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.

Continue reading “St. Louis, Missouri, resident begins Peace Corps service in Albania”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg

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“People join Peace Corps for many, many reasons. My reasoning for joining was really quite selfish. I was so turned to Peace Corps knowing it would allow me to experience the ups and downs of living in a foreign land, to learn a new language, and to really explore the caverns of my shifty mind.”
– July 8, 2006, Jason Lemberg, Peace Corps Blog

Name: Jason Lemberg
Country of Service: Kyrgyz Republic, 2006-08
Assignment: Secondary English Education
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg”

Peace Corps Holidays: Macedonia

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Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, it allows volunteers to celebrate the holiday season in their host countries and participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own. From now until January, we will highlight stories from Peace Corps volunteers who share their experiences spending the holidays overseas

Christopher Quintos will celebrate the holiday traditions of Macedonia, where he has extended his Peace Corps service beyond the standard 27-month commitment to continue serving as a community economic development volunteer. Below, Quintos, Chicago native, describes how he plans to celebrate the holidays in Macedonia and some of his favorite Macedonian traditions.

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Chicago native Christopher Quintos, far right, is pictured with youth in Macedonia, where he is a community economic volunteer.

“Last year, I contracted a cold that later turned into a five-week case of bronchitis/ sinus infection. Being sick and being away from home on Christmas for the first time ever made it a very difficult time for me. But this year, I will celebrate with other volunteers. Another Peace Corps volunteer who lives in my town is Jewish, and in the coming weeks I look forward to celebrating Hanukkah with him and other volunteers.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Holidays: Macedonia”

Chicago ranks No. 4 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015

Christopher Quintos, center, is a native of Chicago and currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia
Christopher Quintos, center, is a native of Chicago and currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia

CHICAGO – Chicago, including Naperville and Joliet, is among the top-ranked metro areas for producing Peace Corps volunteers in 2015. Today Peace Corps announced Chicagoland as the fourth highest-producing metro area, with 225 residents currently serving as volunteers worldwide.

Illinois also earned a spot on the Peace Corps Top States list, coming in sixth with 278 residents now in service.   Continue reading “Chicago ranks No. 4 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015”