Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Katie Sylvester

Name: Katie Sylvester
Country of Service: Zambia, 2004-2006
Peace Corps Fellow: University of Cincinnati School of Planning 2008-2010
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Wisconsin Peace Corps volunteer helps young women find their voice through camp in Albania

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Peace Corps volunteer Heather Hilt with two student award recipients in Albania.

Dozens of young Albanian women are taking lessons of empowerment, leadership, and personal responsibility back to their home communities, after a national “Girls Leading Our World” (GLOW) conference organized by Peace Corps volunteer Heather Hilt, of Mequon, Wis.

The three-day event, held in Durres, Albania, in September, brought together 34 girls and nine adults from 13 cities across the country to share stories and develop ideas on women’s empowerment. The students focused on leadership, self-discovery, health, advocacy, relationship building, and future goals. Working closely with partner organizations including Anti-Trafficking In Persons (ATIP) Albania and the Mary Ward Loretta Foundation, the girls learned about human trafficking and expressed themselves through art, creative writing, and fitness. Started by Peace Corps volunteers in Romania, GLOW camps have made a difference for girls in more than 60 countries since 1995. Continue reading

Burkina Faso Peace Corps volunteer helps women improve their lives with community garden


Amber Garlock is a business development volunteer in Burkina Faso. A native of Lima, Ohio, and graduate of Ohio State University, Garlock makes a difference helping women build and maintain a community garden that improves their income and nutrition. Below, Garlock explains the project and how it is has impacted lives in her community.

Eighteen members of the women’s association Groupment Song-Taaba of Linoghin, Burkina Faso, requested Peace Corps assistance in creating a new income generating activity to increase their financial independence and raise money for themselves and their families. After we conducted a needs assessment during my first three months in service, the association decided to establish a communal garden in the dry season. The garden focused on two main issues: to provide revenue for the participants and to provide better access to nutritious vegetables. Continue reading

Western Illinois University offers new opportunities with Peace Corps Prep Program, on-campus recruiter


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

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Joe Zucchini

Name: Joe Zucchini
Country of Service: Micronesia, 1990-92; Zambia 1997-99
Assignment: Education; Water/Sanitation
Recruitment Territory: St. Louis, Mo. Continue reading

UM recruiter provides on-campus resources for students wanting to join Peace Corps


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

Meet your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Michael Gall

Name: Michael Gall
Country of Service: Micronesia, 2007-09
Assignment: Teaching English as a Second Language & Community Development Resource
Recruitment Territory: East Michigan

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