Making a difference every day: Alpha Phi Alpha leads to Peace Corps service in Togo

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Kyree (left) with his host brothers in Togo.

Kyree Rollins has often been the first to accomplish most things in his life.

He was the first in his family to attend college. He was the first of his friends to map out a plan after graduation. He is a member of the first fraternity established for African-American men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. And in 2015, Rollins became the first male from his university to join the Peace Corps.

“Coming from the inner city, the Peace Corps is not something that’s common. It’s not something talked about or heard about,” said Rollins. “Most of our families stayed at home and don’t move around or travel much. The Peace Corps was a start for me. I was the second graduate from my university to join. I opened the door for many and showed them that this is an opportunity for us.” Continue reading “Making a difference every day: Alpha Phi Alpha leads to Peace Corps service in Togo”

Iowa City Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Iowa City, Iowa ranks No. 10 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. There are 10 volunteers from Iowa City currently serving worldwide, and 2,388 Hawkeyes have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“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,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “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.”

This is the second straight year Iowa City has ranked among the top 10 metropolitan areas. Iowa City volunteers are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961. Continue reading “Iowa City Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016”

Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention

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Abigail Halberg was far removed from HIV/AIDS before joining the Peace Corps. It was a far-fetched concept she could not entirely grasp, even after working as a nurse for several years.

But serving in the Peace Corps changed her relationship with health and HIV/AIDS for the better.

“Before the Peace Corps, I had never met anyone with HIV/AIDS,” Halberg said. “Now, I see that people living with HIV/AIDS are strong, proud, active members of their communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention”

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”

Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students

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With a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of California Los Angeles, Allie Simpson is ready to inspire the next generation of Peace Corps Volunteers as the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter. After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Simpson departed for the Peace Corps in 2013 and served as a HIV outreach project Volunteer in South Africa until 2015.

Now, Simpson embarks on her first year of graduate school at Wash U, where she is studying social work with a concentration in children, youth and families, specializing in system dynamics.

“After studying international development for four years in college, I was tired of learning about the failures in development on a large-scale, so I wanted to get involved on a smaller scale, working in partnership with a community to understand their needs and help make a change,” Simpson said. “I believed the Peace Corps’ method was the most sustainable and effective way to make a difference. I was also obsessed with adventure and learning new cultures and couldn’t resist applying.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students”

From Peace Corps Volunteer To Professor

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When Dr. Kristin Hedges left for Kenya to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she thought she was going to save the world. Looking back sixteen years later, she had it backwards.

Through finding herself, living in a new community and making lifelong friendships, it was Peace Corps that saved her. Continue reading “From Peace Corps Volunteer To Professor”

Kingwood, Texas, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Peru

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Name: Alexandra Gary

City: Kingwood, Texas

School: University of Texas – Austin

Major: Nursing

Alexandra Gary, 22, of Kingwood, Texas, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Peru on August 18 to begin training as a community health Volunteer. She will work at the community level to raise awareness about basic hygiene practices and promote healthy lifestyles. She will also work with youth to educate them on sexual and reproductive health practices and work with a group of more than 30 mothers.

“It has been my dream to serve in the Peace Corps ever since my freshman year of high school, so I was ecstatic when I was invited to serve as a health Volunteer in Peru,” Gary said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to live in South America for the next two years, especially since my Spanish is still pretty rudimentary. I have always been fascinated with Latin American culture and I love working with people, so the Peace Corps feels like a perfect fit at this point in my life.” Continue reading “Kingwood, Texas, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Peru”