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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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
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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”

Blaine, Minn., finds opportunity to travel, help people in Armenia with Peace Corps

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Annikki Hockert, 27, of Blaine, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Armenia Aug. 21 to begin training as a community and youth services volunteer. Hockert will live and work at the community level to support local non-government organizations and community-based organizations on issues related to the environment, at-risk youth, human rights, children and youth with disabilities, and other community-specific needs. She will also empower youth to be active citizens through life skills activities, volunteerism and service-based learning initiatives, employability skills training, and the development of youth organizations, clubs, and camps.

“I have always wanted to travel the world, solve problems, and help people,” Hockert said. “The Peace Corps is the best opportunity for that.” Continue reading “Blaine, Minn., finds opportunity to travel, help people in Armenia with Peace Corps”

Bowling Green State pushes alum outside of comfort zone, into Peace Corps service

Nicholas Ruhly with his mother Kelly.
Nicholas Ruhly with his mother Kelly.

Nicholas Ruhly, 25, of Waterville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Ruhly will live and work at the community level helping NGOs and community-based organizations on strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and professional development.

“I decided all around that helping others who don’t come from such a privileged situation through Peace Corps service was the right path for me to pursue,” Ruhly said. Continue reading “Bowling Green State pushes alum outside of comfort zone, into Peace Corps service”

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”