Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter

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Today, the Peace Corps announced that Angela Hamilton will work as the Peace Corps recruiter for the Corpus Christi, Texas, community. This is the first time a full-time Peace Corps recruiter has been placed in the city.

Hamilton served as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2006-09, and again as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Guatemala from 2013-14. Hamilton has been a Peace Corps recruiter for Kentucky and southern Indiana since February 2015, before moving to Corpus Christi this winter.

“Peace Corps recruiters are based in cities throughout the country to spread awareness and serve as a local, more accessible contact,” Hamilton said. “We recognized the potential for increased applications from diverse, skilled applicants from southern Texas. Corpus Christi is not only a diverse city, but a great base for travel to connect with other schools and communities, including The Valley and Laredo. I hope to capitalize on the high spirit for collaboration that exists here to build sustained partnerships and awareness about Peace Corps service opportunities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter”

MSU Peace Corps recruiter learns patience through service

Elena Dulys-Nusbaum (center) served as a sustainable agriculture extension volunteer in Panama from 2013-15. She is now the on-campus recruiter at Michigan State University.
Elena Dulys-Nusbaum (center) served as a sustainable agriculture extension volunteer in Panama from 2013-15. She is now one of the on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at Michigan State University.

Before Elena Dulys-Nusbaum left for the Peace Corps, life was in constant motion. She lived a busy lifestyle, and patience was not a virtue that she maintained. Now, after the completion of her two year service in Panama, she works as an on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at Michigan State University where she is also pursuing her master’s degree in agriculture, food and resource economics.

When she looks back, Peace Corps service completely changed how Dulys-Nusbaum lives life. Continue reading “MSU Peace Corps recruiter learns patience through service”

Grad Student Builds Peace Corps Culture at WIU

Jake Hamilton (center) served in Morocco from 2013-15 as an economic and community development volunteer. He is now the new on-campus recruiter at Western Illinois University.
Jake Hamilton (center) served in Morocco from 2013-15 as an economic and community development volunteer. He now works as the on-campus recruiter at Western Illinois University.

Jake Hamilton didn’t quite know what to expect when he moved across the world to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Yet, the calling to serve others surpassed any fears he might have had.

“The Peace Corps is a challenge that one can only be fully prepared for by doing it,” said the Pekin, Ill. native. “That is part of the fun and growing experience.” Continue reading “Grad Student Builds Peace Corps Culture at WIU”

Peace Corps staff, volunteers spread global peace and friendship on renowned bike ride across Iowa

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Iowa Peace Corps recruiter Ryan Cairns, shown here cycling in Bulgaria, will be participating in RAGBRAI, along with other Peace Corps staff members and returned volunteers.

This year, Peace Corps Midwest Region recruiters and returned volunteers will participate in the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI. For seven days, the Peace Corps team will share their stories from service and the benefits of Peace Corps with other cyclists and spectators along the 481.5-mile route.

RAGBRAI begins Sunday, July 19, in Sioux City and travels through Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiawatha and Coralville before ending the following Saturday in Davenport. The ride begins with cyclists dipping a tire in the Missouri River and ends with a tire dip in the Mississippi. Continue reading “Peace Corps staff, volunteers spread global peace and friendship on renowned bike ride across Iowa”

Three fathers teach Rwandan Peace Corps volunteer valuable lessons

Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter Meghan Costello with two of the Fathers from her Parish in Rwanda.
Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter Meghan Costello with two of the Fathers from her Parish in Rwanda.

Part of the Peace Corps experience is finding a family away from home. Many volunteers develop deep relationships with their host fathers that extend well beyond their two years of service. As a volunteer in Rwanda, Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter Meghan Costello didn’t have a host father – she had three. For Father’s Day, Meghan describes the lessons they taught her and how those memories have stayed with her.

“Umuryango. Mu’mucho muRwanda, abantu bose bari umuryango.” Today in Rwanda, all strive to be one family.

“Turi umuryango,” we are family, is heard in classrooms and on radios across the rolling green hills and over smoky charcoal fires. The country is healing, and part of that is accepting everyone as family.

As a recently arrived Peace Corps volunteer, in 2010, the idea of family sounded really good. I had just picked up my life and moved to a post-genocide country across the world. For the next 27 months I would be without my mother and father, my siblings and friends. I was there to share my education and skills through integration into a new culture. I was eager to learn as much as I could. Continue reading “Three fathers teach Rwandan Peace Corps volunteer valuable lessons”

My Peace Corps experience as Native American

Shawn Abeita served in Panama from 2007-09 as a community economic development volunteer. He is now a recruiter for Peace Corps’ Southwest Region. This article originally appeared Sept. 2, 2014 on IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com and on http://peacecorpssouthwest.wordpress.com/.

Growing up on a Native American reservation has profoundshawn_abeita_-_courtesy_peace_corpsly impacted my life choices and career path. My community members and surroundings taught me about the worldview of my people, and the knowledge I acquired from community elders continues to influence how I interact with others. As an Indigenous person, I represent where I come from along with my community’s core values, including love, faith, compassion, service, and dedication to community. These values are instilled in me. They are who I am. My personal goal is to be of service to my community and I have realized the acquisition of knowledge is one avenue to accomplish my goal.

Continue reading “My Peace Corps experience as Native American”