Emily Lorek, 23, of Troy, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica July 6 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Lorek will live and work at the community level to co-design and co-implement activities that focus on youth development, life skills, leadership, sexual and reproductive health, physical activity, arts, and parenting skills.
Lorek is the daughter of Wayne and Donna Lorek of Troy and a 2010 graduate of Troy High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014 from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She is currently enrolled in Peace Corps’ Master’s International program at the University of Montana, which allows her to simultaneously earn a master’s degree in global youth development and serve with the Peace Corps.
“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted to invest in service while also continuing my education,” Lorek said. “The Master’s International program through Peace Corps allows me to gain technical skills for my education and degree, while also immersing into a new culture. I’m eager to learn and work alongside a community, as we build new relationships and grow together.” Continue reading “Master’s International allows Ohio native to pursue graduate degree, serve with Peace Corps”