Lawyer, entrepreneur begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic

Bussen_Kygryz RepublicThomas Bussen, 28, of St. Louis has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Bussen will live and work at the community level to help local organizations improve business management skills, including marketing, customer service, and financial management. He will also train community individuals on basic business concepts and business planning as well as professional development tools.

“Joining the Peace Corps was not exactly an overnight decision, but the more time that passed, the less crazy it seemed,” Bussen said.  “I’ve always been interested in the world around me; I’m an avid traveler and foreign affairs junky.  Growing up in the relative comfort of the Midwest, it has always struck me as perverse that so many people, in so many parts of the world, struggle for so little. I don’t think I can change all of that, but I hope I can help some.” Continue reading

Michigan Tech student, S.D. native to serve in Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic

Peace Corps Masters International House at Michigan Tech.  Clockwise from the top left: Sam Clair, a current volunteer in Peru; Cole Bedford; Jomara Laboy, an invitee for Cameroon; and Eduardo Cabret, an RPCV from The Gambia and Lesotho

Peace Corps Masters International House at Michigan Tech. Clockwise from the top left: Sam Clair, a current volunteer in Peru; Cole Bedford; Jomara Laboy, an invitee for Cameroon; and Eduardo Cabret, an RPCV from The Gambia and Lesotho

Cole Bedford, 23, of Sturgis, S.D., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Bedford will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about the need for health education. He will work with community leaders and peer educators to teach families and youth about basic nutrition and sanitation, prevention of non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, and prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Continue reading

Marquette, Mich., native joins Peace Corps to find likenesses, differences among people

Crothers.Maija_MarquetteMaija Crothers, 23, of Marquette, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Crothers will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about the need for health education. She will work with community leaders and peer educators to teach families and youth about basic nutrition and sanitation, prevention of non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, and prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

“Travelling throughout my life, whether it was in the U.S. or internationally, I have been intrigued with different cultures compared to where I grew up,” Crothers said. “Whether it was accents or going to a bigger city and hearing all of the different languages, I have always thoroughly enjoyed each new place that I have traveled to and discovering how people are the same or different than myself. I am looking forward to learning from others that live in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Continue reading

Eat exotic fruits, train teachers, make a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador

DSCN1587Meet Erin, a Peace Corps volunteer making a difference as an English teacher trainer in Ecuador. Does her story sound like an experience you’d be suited for? We’re currently looking for the next generation of volunteers to fill this assignment. Learn more on our website and apply by July 1 if you’re ready to serve.

What Erin Fischer loves most about her Peace Corps job in Ecuador is that it’s a collaboration.

As a secondary education English teacher trainer, Fischer works with instructors to improve their methodology and teaching strategies. This allows her to not only touch the lives of her students but make an impact on the teachers, as well.

“Together we plan the classes, create activities, and teach the classes,” said Fischer, 27. “It is a powerful opportunity for the students and teachers alike. Most often in the first class I will model a technique or how to lead an activity, and the teacher will replicate it in the next class.” Continue reading

Grand Rapids resident ran out of reasons not to apply, departs soon for Peace Corps

Heindel.DeAnna_Kygryz RepublicDeAnna Heindel, 43, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a secondary English education teacher trainer. Heindel will live and work at the community level to provide trainings on teaching methodologies and co-instruct classes with the goal of improving teachers’ skills and students’ performance in English.

 

Heindel is a 1989 graduate of Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Mich. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature in 1993 from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in publishing studies in 1995 from New York University. Previously, she has worked in publishing, education and administration.

“I first thought about joining the Peace Corps shortly after I graduated from the University of Michigan, as Peace Corps is part of the culture there and the Peace Corps mission resonated with me,” Heindel said. “Last year, I found myself at a natural transition point. The Peace Corps was still on my list of experiences to have some day, and I no longer had a reason not to apply. I was fortunate to be invited to serve in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Continue reading

Walsh University gives grad foundation, skill set for Peace Corps

Daniel Widder with his family, mother Joyce Widder, father Scott Widder, and sister Samantha Benner.

Daniel Widder with his family: mother Joyce Widder, father Scott Widder, and sister Samantha Benner.

Daniel Widder, 24, of Dover, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 18 to begin training as a non-governmental organization advising volunteer. Widder will live and work at the community level to provide grant writing, marketing, information technology, fundraising, project design and financial literacy assistance to non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, regional youth departments, resource centers, municipalities and other not-for-profit and governmental organizations. He will also work with partners and community youth on professional development tools, including employability skills, resume writing, goal setting and interviewing.

“My motivation to join the Peace Corps stems from my belief that it offers a unique type of authentic human interaction that encourages positive development for all those involved, both personally and professionally,” Widder said. Continue reading

Meet the Peace Car

The Peace Corps Midwest Office has a new recruiter – the Peace Car!

The Peace Car is a an eco-friendly Smart Car that allows our staff to share Peace Corps’ mission while limiting our carbon foot-print. This summer the Peace Car will be traveling throughout the Midwest to find the next generation of Peace Corps volunteers and we want to meet you! Check the list below to see where the Peace Car will be and come hang out with us. Get your picture taken with the car and share it on social media with #PeaceCar. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more Peace Car updates and we hope to see you soon!  Continue reading