Ohio State Peace Corps recruiter receives agency’s Lillian Carter Award for commitment to service

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President Jimmy Carter, Jack Campbell, and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers at the Lillian Carter Awards in Atlanta.

Former President Jimmy Carter and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers presented the 2015 Lillian Carter Award to returned volunteer Jack Campbell, of Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday at a ceremony at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Campbell, 84, began service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji in 1989 at age 58 and completed a second assignment in Botswana from 1992-1994.

“From the very beginning, Peace Corps volunteers have entered service at all ages, from all walks of life,” Chambers said. “We’re so inspired by senior volunteers … who take the wisdom and skills they’ve acquired over their lifetime and share them so willingly with others, proving that it’s never too late to make a difference.” Continue reading

Son’s Peace Corps service inspires retiree parents to make a difference as volunteers

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Elsa and Jeff Shaver wash clothes in Botswana.

 

Elsa Shaver had walked by a stack of mail nearly 50 times before the headline on a magazine jumped at her: “My two years in the Peace Corps as an electrical engineer.” Her son Lee was approaching his graduation from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he studied electrical engineering, and unsure about his next step. As she read the article, she was more convinced that Peace Corps was the right fit for her son.

That article would launch a path to Peace Corps for not only Lee, but for Elsa and her husband, Jeff, as well. The three Shavers, originally from Syracuse, N.Y., but now living in Madison, Wis., are all returned Peace Corps volunteers, with Lee serving in El Salvador from 2007-09 and Elsa and Jeff serving in Botswana from 2012-14. Continue reading

Kasson, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia

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Trista Ebnet, 25, of Kasson, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mongolia May 29 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Ebnet will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching English to university students, teachers, and community members, as well as developing resources and improving teaching methodologies.

“The Peace Corps offers me the opportunity to use my skills as I help people on a more global scale and foster a positive impression of the United States,” Ebnet said. Continue reading

Waterloo, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia

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Eric Koester, with his parents

 

Eric Koester, 21, of Waterloo, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mongolia May 29 to begin training as a youth development and community services volunteer. Koester will live and work at the community level and make a difference working with school social workers, teachers, and community members to facilitate positive youth development and promote youth participation with camps, clubs, and English classes.

“The ability to help others on a large scale attracted me to join the Peace Corps,” Koester said. Continue reading

Crown Point, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Cameroon

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Daniel Maginot, 23, of Crown Point, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cameroon May 26 to begin training as a secondary education science teacher volunteer. Maginot will live and work at the community level and make a difference teaching general science, biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as health education and environmental education.

“I wish to obtain a different perspective and gain an understanding of others who live a completely different culture and lifestyle,” Maginot said. Continue reading

Oakwood, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in The Gambia

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Foos, with a student in Jamaica

Kristen Foos, 23, of Oakwood, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for The Gambia May 28 to begin training as an education volunteer. Foos will live and work at the community level to make a difference training primary school teachers to improve their methodologies and introduce new classroom strategies.

Foos was inspired to serve in the Peace Corps by Mama Rosie, a woman she met during a service trip to South Africa in college.

“She had dedicated her entire life to giving back to the people in her community. She inspired me to do something meaningful with my life,” Foos said. “I am so excited to go to The Gambia and give back to the community, just as Mama Rosie gave back to her community.” Continue reading

Rice, Minn., native begins Peace Corps service in Cameroon

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From left, sister Chelsea Schlangen, Candice Thielen, brother Chase Thielen, and sister Catherine Thielen

Candice Thielen, 23, of Rice, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cameroon May 26 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Thielen will live and work at the community level teaching conversational and content-based English in middle and high schools, developing resources with local teachers, and assisting with community- and school-based projects.

“Peace Corps offers the opportunity to completely experience a way of living that’s completely different than my own, as well as the chance to help change people’s lives for the better, my own included,” Thielen said. Continue reading