When Adrienne Hall started her Peace Corps service in 2012, she was eager to immerse herself in a new country and culture. After two years of living and working in Ethiopia, Hall had learned many things about the country, but she was also seeking to understand the larger historical and cultural forces that shaped her experience as a female African-American Volunteer.
Sybil Henry, age 22, of Pullman, Washington has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica in February to begin training as a Community Economic Development (CED) Volunteer. Henry will live and work in a community to improve workforce development and business skills, and cultivate new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
“I was motivated to join because I had spent a fair amount of time traveling developing countries in previous years and it opened my eyes in a big way,” said Henry said of her desire to join the Peace Corps. “Knowing how blessed I’ve been, I not only want to do everything I can to help people in those situations but I also feel an obligation to get involved considering I’m lucky enough to live in a country that provides opportunities like the Peace Corps. It doesn’t hurt that I get to live in a beautiful country in the process!”
Ruiz will live and work in a community as a Community Environmental Conservation (CEC) agent to work with Panamanians, especially those in rural communities, to reduce negative impact on the environment.
“I wanted to join the Peace Corps because I saw it as an opportunity to do some real good in the world,” Ruiz said of her desire to join the Peace Corps. “I was particularly attracted to it because of the CEC position, which gives me the opportunity to work on a community level, while educating and advocating for sustainability.”
Eguez will live and work in a community to focus on improved maternal and child health, prevention of non-communicable diseases, and education of sexual and reproductive health and life skills.
“Having spent a number of years in Bolivia as a child, I’ve developed a strong interest to work in international public health, specifically with a focus on chronic diseases,” Eguez explained. “However, among the myriad of public health programs and organizations, I was drawn to the Peace Corps due to its reputation for fully supporting and taking care of its Volunteers.”
Cadena will live and work in a community to assist the Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) Project by helping the Department of Fisheries promote fish-farming projects. The goal of the project is to provide a source of nutrition for rural families, as well as help build a surplus of fish and agricultural products to be sold for supplementary income. Cadena will provide training in small agribusiness skills and help build organizational development capacity of fish-farming associations.
“Combining my skills in environmental stewardship, with the humanitarian goals of the Peace Corps, initially attracted me to the program,” Cadena said of her desire to join the Peace Corps. “The opportunity to expand my worldview and make lasting connections with other world citizens is especially exciting.”
Maya Rugg, 25, of Eagar, Ariz. has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia in February, to begin training as Food Security Specialist- Linking Income, Food & the Environment (LIFE) Volunteer.
Rugg will live and work in a community to promote the incorporation of agro forestry technologies in the farming system, help to enhance soil and water management practices, and teach improved gardening techniques.
“My parents had great stories of their time volunteering and it’s always been something I’ve been interested in because of them,” Rugg said of her desire to join the Peace Corps.
Stephanie Steiner is a returned Volunteer (RPCV) and Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. She is studying Community, Liberation, and Ecospychology (CLE) and expects to receive a PhD in 2021.
Country of service: Niger, 2002 – 05
Sector: Natural Resource Management
What are you most proud of accomplishing as a Volunteer? I’m proud of the projects I completed, but what I treasure most are the relationships I had with my village and people in my region. It’s where I had the most impact as a Volunteer. I’m also proud of how well I learned the language (Zarma), but after 10 years, I’m a bit rusty! Continue reading
Peace Corps Campus Ambassador Frances Klingenberger studies anthropology at California State University Channel Islands. She expects to graduate in May 2017.
What motivated you to become a Peace Corps Campus Ambassador? I wanted to be able to spread my love for the Peace Corps to other students on campus. Attending a Peace Corps information session my sophomore year really inspired me to delve deeper into the organization and helped me realize what I want to do after graduation. Becoming an Ambassador was a way for me to pass that inspiration along to other students who are confused and trying to figure out what they can do with their degree.
Forth will live and work in a community to help implement practices of sustainable agriculture, increase rice yields, implement permaculture practices, maintain a bee hive, help with the extension of business practices related to those methods, and work on other projects specific to the communities needs.
“Many things have motivated me to volunteer with Peace Corps and my initial response was due to the fact that they reach out to communities around the world who need the most help,” Forth said of his desire to join the Peace Corps. “I have a huge passion for sustainable agriculture and finding out that Peace Corps offers these volunteer opportunities significantly drew me to volunteer.”
Coleman will live and work in a community to raise awareness about the need for health education. She will work with local organizations to develop and implement a social communication process to improve the community health workers’ ability to transfer important messages to mothers and caregivers. Coleman will also assist the communities served by a local health clinic and focus on health outreach interventions.