Yspilanti, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana

Meador_Angie Lane.BotswanaAngie Meador, 25, a native of Ypsilanti. Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana Aug. 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Meador will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching public health to primary and secondary school teachers. She will also assist local clinics with HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps for the opportunity to learn invaluable, intangible and incomparable skills,” Meador said.

Meador is the daughter of Patricia Meador of Auburn Hills, Mich., and a 2014 graduate of Indiana University in South Bend, Ind., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Continue reading

Elyria, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana

Milea.Alex_BotswanaAlexa Miles, 24, a native of Elyria, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana Aug. 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Miles will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching public health to primary and secondary school teachers. She will also assist local clinics with HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

“When I began learning about the Peace Corps I knew that it would be a great step for me both personally and professionally,” Miles said. “It is a great way to expand my knowledge of public health and to help hundreds of people.” Continue reading

Raceland, Ky., couple begins Peace Corps service in Botswana

Crance.HollyandAndrew.BotswanaAndrew and Holly (Kemp) Crance, of Raceland, Ky., have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana Aug 10 to begin training as health volunteers. Andrew will live and work at the community level to make a difference assisting community groups with HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, while Holly will teach public health to primary and secondary teachers.

“When I met my husband, he was interested in the Peace Corps,” Holly said. “After researching the Peace Corps, I decided that it was a great opportunity to travel as well as help improve the lives of people less fortunate them myself.” Continue reading

Lake Orion, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana

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Shayna Hodge, 24, a native of Lake Orion, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana Aug. 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Hodge will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching health and assisting community groups with HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Hodge is the daughter of Karen and Wayne Hodge of Lake Orion, and a 2008 graduate of Lake Orion High School. She attended Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Mich., and graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in gender and women’s studies. During her senior year, she studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

“Studying abroad in a foreign country prepared me for the Peace Corps because it taught me how to understand another culture and adapt to changes that were extremely diverse compared to where I had come from in Michigan,” Hodge said. “I was in Tel Aviv during the 2012 missile crises, and enduring that and learning about a real conflict helped me understand the importance of helping in other countries. That experience empowered me to join the Peace Corps, no matter where I would serve.” Continue reading

In Peace Corps and grad school, DePaul student explores passion for international development

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Carmen Fleming served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 2010-12.

As graduation day approached at Middlebury College in Vermont, Carmen Fleming realized she wasn’t particularly interested in the economics degree she had earned. She was more drawn to the field of international development.

“After college, the one thing I knew I didn’t want to do was work in an office,” said Fleming, who has lived throughout the country but considers Madison, Wis., her hometown. “I wanted to be working with people, and I wanted to travel. I had always known about the Peace Corps, and the more I learned about it the more it seemed like the right experience for me post-college.”

Peace Corps ended up being a life-changing decision for Fleming – her two years of grassroots development work made a difference in the community where she served and in Fleming’s own life, as well. Now, she’s earning a master’s degree through DePaul University’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. Fleming and all returned Peace Corps volunteers enjoy lifetime eligibility for the program, which offers financial assistance and internships at more than 80 schools nationwide.

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University of Michigan graduate student begins Peace Corps service in Guatemala

Greta Kaempf, 27, currently of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guatemala July 29 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Kaempf will live and work at the community level to make a difference by helping Guatemalan youth to develop healthy life skills and assume positive roles in their communities.

“I was attracted to the Peace Corps because of its commitment not only to service, but to sharing cultures,” said Kaempf, a native of Harwood, Md. “I am honored to have been given the opportunity to become immersed in a new community for 27 months.” Continue reading

Northfield resident begins Peace Corps service in Guatemala

Dimick.Paul_GuatemalaPaul Dimick, 25, of Northfield, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guatemala July 29 to begin training as a health volunteer. Dimick will live and work at the community level to make a difference by promoting health education. He will work with his community to develop activities centering on maternal and child health and other topics.

Dimick is the son of Daniel and Cahrene Dimick and a 2008 graduate of Northfield High School in Northfield, Minn. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he earned a bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience in 2012.

“Carleton instilled in me a passion for service and an intellectual curiosity that will serve me well as a Peace Corps ­volunteer,” Dimick said. Continue reading