Lindenwood University alum begins Peace Corps service in Armenia

Daniel Bedell, 25, of Saint Peters, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Bedell will make a difference conducting community outreach and needs assessments and developing projects that focus on education, youth development, health, the environment and business.

“I am motivated to join the Peace Corps because of my desire to serve others and to experience another part of the world,” he said. Continue reading

Social work degree prepared Indiana native for Peace Corps

Nathanael Nash, 22, of Kendallville, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Nash will make a difference teaching conversational English, English as a foreign language and content-based English in middle and high schools. In addition to classroom teaching, Nash will share resources, develop teaching materials with local teachers and become involved in community- and school-based projects.

“What attracted me to the Peace Corps was the opportunity to grasp my full potential as a human being while also providing support in my host country,” he said. “The Peace Corps has the ability to transcend and shape my life in directions no other opportunity would be able to.” Continue reading

Shawnee State alum finds opportunity to travel, help others through Peace Corps

Grey. Janine_ArmeniaJanine Grey, 24, of Pickerington, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as a community and youth development volunteer. Grey will live and work at the community level to make a difference conducting community outreach and needs assessments and developing projects that focus on education, youth development, health, the environment and business.

“I wanted to do something on a large scale to help others and challenge myself while obtaining the opportunity to live abroad and discover other cultures,” she said. “The Peace Corps just seemed like the perfect fit.”

Grey is the daughter of Rick and Kasia Gay of Riverside, Calif., and a 2008 graduate of Poly High School in Riverside. In 2013, she earned a bachelor’s degree in photography and graphic design from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. Continue reading

Peace Corps allows couple to use English teaching skills abroad

Reed.Caleb&Alexandra_ColumbiaCaleb and Alexandra Reed, of Joplin, Mo., have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Colombia Aug. 26 to begin training as education volunteers. They will live and work at the community level to make a difference as English teacher trainers, providing formal and informal support on methodologies, subject content and resource development. Alexandra will work with elementary teachers while Caleb will work in middle and high schools.

“Peace Corps motto is to promote world peace and friendship. This motto hooked me right away,” Alexandra said. “The Peace Corps provides individuals with the opportunity to experience a cultural exchange and friendship abroad. While serving as volunteers in Colombia, we will also be able to work alongside locals to help educate teachers in English teaching methods.” Continue reading

College mentor encourages Storm Lake native to pursue Peace Corps

Frantz.Hannah_ArmeniaHannah Frantz, 23, of Storm Lake, Iowa, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Frantz will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English to middle and high school students, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“One of my college mentors was a Peace Corps volunteer, and she always encouraged me to apply,” Frantz said. “The Peace Corps has been something I have considered since I was very young, and I am very excited to have this opportunity.” Continue reading

Minnesota native joins Peace Corps to work outside comfort zone

Gormley.Caroline_DRCaroline Gormley, 22, of Minneapolis has been accepted into the Peace Corps departed for the Dominican Republic Aug. 19 to begin training as a health volunteer. Gormley will live and work at the community level to make a difference raising awareness on the needs for health education.

“Working outside of my comfort zone and making personal connections with people in life situations very different than mine inspired me to join the Peace Corps,” Gormley said. “Most of the time when attempting to volunteer with people in a culture or environment I am not familiar with, I realize I learn a great deal about myself in the process.”

Gormley is a 2010 graduate of Southwest High School in Minneapolis. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and religious studies from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, in 2014. She’s previously worked with a women’s shelter, a special needs camp and an HIV/AIDS support organization. Also, she’s worked abroad in India, Ghana and Costa Rica.

During the first three months of her service, Gormley will live with a host family in the Dominican Republic to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, Gormley will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in the Dominican Republic where she will serve for two years. Continue reading

Michigan resident takes experience with at-risk youth to Peace Corps Dominican Republic

Hood.Christine_DRChristine Hood, 23, of Battle Creek, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Dominican Republic Aug. 19 to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Hood will live and work at the community level to make a difference working with youth to promote leadership, life skills and making strong decisions.

“Some of the factors that have motivated me to serve with Peace Corps are my desire to challenge myself in new ways, gain new perspectives, and become a part of something larger than myself, as well as the satisfaction I get when working with children,” Hood said. Continue reading