WASHINGTON, October 13, 2016 – Cesar Toledo, 24, of Ramona, Calif., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Uganda in November to begin training as a Primary Education Teacher Trainer.
“I am motivated to get involved in international relations, and the Peace Corps will give me a first hand perspective on many global issues,” said Toledo of his desire to join the Peace Corps.
WASHINGTON, September 27, 2016 – Keanna Cohen, 23, of Los Alamos, N.M., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco in September to begin training as an Education Volunteer. Cohen will work as a Secondary Education English Teacher and Youth Asset Builder in Morocco, where she will teach English as well as life skills to local youth.
“My interest in international development made Peace Corps a natural fit,” Cohen said. “International aid is complex, and before I become involved from a policy perspective, I wanted to gain on-the-ground experience.”
WASHINGTON, September 27, 2016 – Hunter McBurnett, 22, of Tucson, Ariz., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Senegal in September to begin training as an Agroforestry Extension Agent. The purpose of the Senegal agroforestry program is to promote agroforestry as a means to increase agricultural production and generate income.
“I wanted to join the Peace Corps since I was in 7th grade,” Burnett said. “I have always felt that one of my purposes in life was to help others in anyway I could.”
WASHINGTON, September 27, 2016 – Eric Smith, 25, of Suisun City, Calif., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay in September to begin training as an Environmental Conservation Volunteer. In Paraguay, Smith will educate communities on habitat fragmentation and loss of forestry land, and help them find solutions to mitigate those losses.
Smith was motivated to join the Peace Corps because of “the ability to work on real world issues related to my area of interest in the field of environmental science.”
Natalie Macias (L) with Minister of Education Patrick Faber (M), and Barbara Thummalapally (R), wife of the U.S. ambassador.
Joining the Peace Corps was a good fit for Natalie Macias because she grew up serving others. As a child she volunteered at soup kitchens and went on missions with her church, and during high school she became a Special Olympics buddy.
“I came from a family of educators who were dedicated to service, and giving back was always important while growing up,” Macias said.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from San Francisco State University, Macias was well prepared to serve as a Health Volunteer in a small Belizean town near the Mexican border. Her focus on getting to know and understand her community made her a highly effective Volunteer. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, September 19, 2016 – Diana Wurzer, 26, of Camas, Wash., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana in September to begin training. As an agriculture advisor in farm management and agribusiness, Wurzer will work to improve farm productivity, income, and capacity. Her assignment will include coaching her community in agricultural practices and technologies, delivering training on agricultural topics, and conducting field experiments.
“As an adolescent, I romanticized that the Peace Corps was a gateway to an adventure in an exotic land where I would swoop in and change lives,” Wurzer said. “While this desire resonates with who I am and grows stronger as the years pass, I still see it as an adventure and a means to help others, yet it has become so much more.”
WASHINGTON, September 16, 2016 – Kendra Van Beek, 21, of Puyallup, Wash., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine in September to begin training as a Secondary Education English Teacher. Van Beek will create resources and develop lesson plans in collaboration with local teachers.
“I was motivated to join the Peace Corps for the opportunity to grow into a global citizen that promotes positive change in this world I participate in,” Van Beek said.