Returned Peace Corps volunteers, Western Illinois University staff, and Peace Corps Midwest Region representatives came together to launch WIU’s new Peace Corps Prep Program on Oct. 6.
Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., is introducing new opportunities for students to explore and prepare for Peace Corps service. The Peace Corps Prep Program, which launched Oct. 6, is a specialized curriculum that prepares participants for Peace Corps or other global service through language and skills training as well as a service component.
WIU Provost Ken Hawkinson (who served in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, from 1986-88) and Peace Corps Midwest Region Manager Brad Merryman (a returned volunteer who served in Costa Rica from 2010-12) joined WIU staff and returned Peace Corps volunteers to introduce the program and the new campus-wide Peace Corps recruitment efforts. Continue reading →
University of Michigan students planning for the future should take advantage of a unique resource on campus this year: university-dedicated Peace Corps representative Katie Collins. From her office in 1500 of the Student Activities Building, Collins is available to share her experiences and accomplishments living and working abroad in a new culture, while helping students pursue their own path toward making a difference for others and themselves through Peace Corps service after graduation. In under an hour, U-M students can apply to Peace Corps and choose the specific countries and assignments they’d like to be considered for, giving them greater control as they plan their careers and chart a path toward making a difference for others and themselves.
Collins, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, is uniquely qualified to discuss the personal and professional benefits of Peace Corps service. She served in Ukraine as an education volunteer and taught secondary English for more than two years. The Brighton, Mich., native also worked with her school to open a healthy lifestyles training center dedicated to educating the community about HIV transmission.
“I think the proudest moment I had during service was when my school conducted its own community-wide event for teens about the disease,” she said. Continue reading →
Peace Corps volunteer Fatuma Youb leads an exercise class in Cambodia.
Girls at the Cambodia high school were Fatuma Youb works as a Peace Corps volunteer told her that they wanted to learn to play sports, but there was no place to practice.
“My high school in Cambodia does not have any sports fields, courts or facilities, despite having hundreds of students interested in sports,” Youb said. “Most of the students have to walk several kilometers away from the school to the closest volleyball court or soccer field, which are unsafe. During the raining season in Cambodia, the fields become flooded which makes it difficult for students to use for sports. Also the fields are uneven, therefore, creating a greater risk of injury.” Continue reading →
Alexander London, 27, of Minneapolis, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jordan Oct. 14 to begin training as a community youth development volunteer. Schneider will make a difference teaching English in a formal classroom setting in addition to organizing clubs, camps, and sport activities that improve youth’s communication, planning, critical thinking, relationship building, teamwork and leadership skills.
“Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity to travel and live in foreign cultures with a purpose,” London said. “The prospect of cross-cultural exchange and experience is very intriguing.”
Peter Wagner, 23, of Southfield, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jordan Oct. 14 to begin training as a community youth development volunteer. Wagner will make a difference teaching English in a formal classroom setting in addition to organizing clubs, camps, and sport activities that improve youth’s communication, planning, critical thinking, relationship building, teamwork and leadership skills.
“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps because of the ability to fully immerse myself in another culture, share my own culture with it and grow as a person because of it,” Wagner said. Continue reading →