St. Louis couple’s love for art, English fuels projects in Peace Corps Rwanda

Doug's Art Club

Doug’s Art Club

Doug and Kirsten Weaver, of St. Louis, are currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Rwanda and make a difference teaching English as a foreign language. Kirsten earned a bachelor’s degree in phycology and English from the University of Missouri –Columbia in 2010 and then graduated from the University of Missouri –St. Louis with a master’s degree in social work in 2013. Doug has a bachelor’s in painting from Columbia College and masters in painting and drawing from Fontbonne University, graduating in 2011 and 2013. They arrived in Rwanda in 2013 and will end their service later this year. Below Doug describes how they use their skills to help and enrich others in Rwanda.

It was initially Kirsten’s idea to join the Peace Corps, but we decided together that after we finished school and before we had jobs or children we wanted to dedicate our time to a service where our skills could be best utilized to meet the greatest need. When Peace Corps gave us our assignment, we were thrilled to have been placed in Africa. We knew little about Rwanda outside of the 1994 genocide, but we couldn’t wait to move there. Continue reading

Marian University alumni living out mission as Peace Corps volunteers

In this guest post, Daniel J. Elsner, the president of Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind., reflects on how the missions and goals of Marian and the Peace Corps overlap, and the opportunities that service offers Marian graduates. 


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Marian University President Daniel Elsener

At Marian University, we educate our students to become transformational leaders ready for service to the world. Through the lens of our Franciscan sponsorship values — dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship — we provide the experience-based learning and academic coursework that prepares our society’s next generation of leaders in business, education, healthcare, civic life, and ministry.   Continue reading

Earlham students drawn to service, including Peace Corps

In this guest post, David Dawson, the president of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., reflects on how the missions and goals of Earlham and the Peace Corps overlap, and the opportunities that service offers Earlham graduates. 


Earlham College President David Dawson

Earlham College President David Dawson

At Earlham College, students experience a unique liberal arts education characterized by dedication to personal respect, mutual support, life-long learning, and the pursuit of truth. Our culture of shared inquiry and discovery attracts compassionate, independent thinkers who confidently imagine and shape their own success and move the world forward. Continue reading

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Danny Livengood

Name: Danny Livengood
Country of Service: Malawi, 2007-09
Assignment: Education
Recruitment Territory: Columbus, Ohio Continue reading

Medina, Ohio, native begins Peace Corps service in Indonesia

Ryan Flynn, 29, of Medina, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Indonesia March 14 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Flynn will make a difference teaching basic to intermediate English and providing enrichment learning opportunities through extracurricular and non-formal community activities.

“I joined Peace Corps for the ability to take two years and do something meaningful with my life,” Flynn said. Continue reading

Michigan native strives to give hope as volunteer in Peace Corps Indonesia

Wright.Lisa_IndonesiaLisa Wright, 24, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Indonesia March 14 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Wright will make a difference teaching basic to intermediate English and providing enrichment learning opportunities through extracurricular and non-formal community activities.

“My passion and goal in life is to positively impact someone’s life every day, especially with youth,” Wright said. “In adversity, the best thing you can give is hope, that’s what I want to give during my time in Peace Corps.” Continue reading

Illinois resident eager to immerse into Indonesian culture as Peace Corps volunteer

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Kathryn Cummings, 23, of Round Lake Heights, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Indonesia March 14 to begin training as a secondary English education volunteer. Cummings will make a difference teaching basic to intermediate English and providing enrichment learning opportunities through extracurricular and non-formal community activities.

“I have always been curious about travel and other parts of the world but have not had the means to make it happen,” Cummings said. “It is exciting that I get to immerse myself in another culture and see things from a completely different viewpoint while making a positive difference in the lives of others.” Continue reading