Peace Corps Announces Expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Partnership with Bowling Green State University

CHICAGO, April 11, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced the launch of eight new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Programs in partnership with Bowling Green State University. The programs will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies.

“The Peace Corps is excited to extend this opportunity to returned volunteers in partnership with Bowling Green State University to support continued public service and education,” Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “The Coverdell Fellows Program gives returned volunteers the chance to build on their classroom experience by sharing their unique knowledge and skills with local organizations in need.”

Selected Fellows will now have the opportunity to work toward a degree in one of the following areas: College Student Personnel (MA), Higher Education (Ph.D.), French (MA), History (MA), Interdisciplinary Gerontology (MS), Media and Communications (MA and Ph.D.), Technology Management (MTM), and Tourism, Leisure, and Event Planning (M.Ed). Continue reading

With Camp Sky, Peace Corps volunteers show Malawian students a world without limits

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Eau Claire, Wis., native and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum Cam Stanley is teaming up with his fellow Peace Corps volunteers in Malawi this week to give 80 students a one-of-a-kind experience to learn, forge connections, and realize their own potential. Camp Sky, an educational camp designed to prepare students for the Malawi School Certificate Examination, has been an annual volunteer initiative for 10 years, but Stanley says this time, the mission goes further.

“Our motto for this year is, ‘The sky is not the limit,’” he said. “This is to emphasize that what they learn here should be taken with them and used and that anything is possible. We’re doing so much more to try to unlock their potential not only as students, but as human beings.” Continue reading

Portage, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

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Cody Hough, 24, of Portage, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 20 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Hough will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English in middle and high schools, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“The Peace Corps attracted me because it was a way to do two things I truly love, travel and help others,” Hough said. “My biggest motivation is my grandmother; she had always taught me that no matter how bad I have it, someone somewhere else has it worse. It was this lesson that led me to volunteer as much as I did in college and post-graduation.” Continue reading

Ashland, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic

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Emma Hosman, 22, of Ashland, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Kyrgyz Republic April 23 to begin training as a health education volunteer. Hosman will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching public health and assisting clinics or government planning offices in identifying health education needs.

“I’ve always wanted to help people on a local or global scale, and the Peace Corps can provide me that opportunity,” Hosman said.

Hosman is the daughter of Rose-Marie Muzika and Kevin Hosman and a 2009 graduate of Southern Boone County R-1 High School in Ashland. She then attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health science in 2013. She has also worked as an EMT for the Adair County Ambulance District. Continue reading

Granville, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

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Hannah Combe, 23, of Granville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 20 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Combe will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“I want to live outside of U.S. culture, learn another language, and connect with people who are unlike me,” Combe said. Continue reading

Butler University Peace Corps volunteer is already sharing her Swaziland experience back in the U.S.

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Peace Corps volunteer Kelsey Coy, with students in Swaziland.

Bloomington, Ind., native Kelsey Coy still remembers her joyful, if somewhat bewildered, response to learning which country she’d be moving to as a Peace Corps volunteer after graduating from Butler University in 2013.

“My reaction to my invitation was the initial jumping all over the room, screaming excitement, which was followed closely by: ‘Swaziland? Where the heck is that?’” she said. Continue reading

Peace Corps, University of Michigan offer new opportunities for students to combine volunteer service with graduate school

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University of Michigan Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education James Paul Holloway, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, and School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason at the signing ceremony for the University of Michigan’s new graduate school programs.

Peace Corps and the University of Michigan have announced two new partnership agreements that offer more students the opportunity to combine their graduate degree with Peace Corps service. At a ceremony on campus March 26, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, University of Michigan Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education James Paul Holloway, and School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason signed agreements that introduce a Master’s International program and a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at the School of Information.

“The Peace Corps and the University of Michigan share a special history, and today I’m happy to be here to celebrate our ongoing and expanding partnership,” Hessler-Radelet said. “A degree from the University of Michigan alongside Peace Corps volunteer service gives students the 21st century skills and experience they need to succeed in today’s global economy.” Continue reading