Peace Car Goes West

Peace Car_CO.2016.03Our tiny Peace Car is making a mighty journey around the West Region this summer, and we want to meet you!

Highlights of the trip will include stops at many Peace Corps’ Top Colleges, as well as several national parks to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) and returned Volunteers who now work in the parks. Read about them here.

Come see us to chat with a recruiter and snap a picture with the car to share on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #PeaceCars to join the fun!Peace Car_CO.2016.03 (3)

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Joshua Griffin of Seattle Wash. Begins Peace Corps Service in Morocco

Joshua GriffinWASHINGTON, August 25, 2016 – Joshua Griffin, 27, of Seattle Wash., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco in September to begin training as a Youth in Development Volunteer.

“I want to join an organization I believe in and want to give myself to those who need it,” Griffin said of his desire to join the Peace Corps.

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Kelsi Ju, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Kelsi Ju (L) and John Cho (R) are returned Volunteers now on staff at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. They met the Peace Car at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

Kelsi Ju is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who now works for the National Park Service. The Peace Car visited her park in July.

Country of Service:  Panama, 2012 – 14

Sector:  Environmental Health and Sustainable Agriculture Systems

Project(s):  My primary project was community development focused on environmental health systems, specifically potable water, in partnership with remote indigenous communities. During the project I led technical and leadership skill classes for illiterate adults, created and delivered a health curriculum for youth, and constructed pit latrines and gravity-fed aqueduct systems. I also worked with villages to develop sustainable agriculture methods that combined traditional Ngäbe farming practices with modern agricultural knowledge and tools. For my secondary project I coordinated a country-wide youth leadership camp focused on HIV/ADS prevention. Continue reading

Marisa Cousin of Honolulu Selected for Education Assignment in Senegal

Marisa CousinPeace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Marisa Cousin

Age: 21

Hometown: Kahului, Hawaii

Current City: Honolulu, Hawaii

Alma Mater: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, 2016

Country of Service: Senegal

Assignment: Education

Departure: September 2016

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Veta Jacqulin of Berkeley Selected for Health Assignment in Lesotho

Veta JacqulinWASHINGTON, August 23, 2016 – Veta Jacqulin, of Berkeley, Calif., has been accepted into the Peace Corps. In September, at the age of 80, Jacqulin will depart for Lesotho to begin training as a Healthy Youth Community Services Advisor Volunteer. She will be assigned to a community in Lesotho where she will work on projects related to public health, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, primary health care, and youth development.

“Knowing there was no age restriction for serving in the Peace Corps, I felt that same excitement I had in the 1961 when the Peace Corps was founded, but as a single mom raising three daughters, the Peace Corps was not a viable option,” Jacqulin said. “I am grateful for my health and well-being and want to use those blessings to serve and have a positive impact on the quality of life of those I might be able to serve.”

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Taylor Chichester of Ashland, Ore. Selected for Education Assignment in Namibia

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2016 – Taylor Chichester, 23, of Ashland, Ore., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia in August to begin training as a Secondary Education Science Teacher. During her service, Chichester will teach math, science, and literacy to students grade 10-12, and work with parents and the community to encourage student learning and development.

“I spent five moths in Kenya and Namibia right after graduating from college, and I fell in love with Africa,” Chichester said. “The more I learned about Peace Corps, and the more people I met who did it, the more I liked the idea.”

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Departing Volunteer Meets Peace Car Before Heading for Morocco


Departing Volunteer Abbie Olson met the Peace Car on the Washington State University campus on August 9. She is excited about leaving for Morocco in September.

Name:  Abbie Olson

Age:  22

Hometown:  Lewiston, Idaho

Undergraduate degree & college:  B.A. in biology, minor in Spanish, Lewis-Clark State College, May 2016

Country of service:  Morocco

Peace Corps job:  As a Youth Asset Builder I will work with youth centers or women’s centers under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Most volunteers hold at least one English class per work for their community during their first few months of service, and depending on the community, some hold additional courses. Many volunteers also tutor English one-on-one or in small groups. Continue reading

Matt Jones, Yosemite National Park

DANA restoration

Matt Jones is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who now works for the National Park Service. The Peace Car will be visiting his park in August!    

Country of Service: Malawi

Sector:  Environment

Project(s):  Beekeeping, fish ponds, fruit and agroforestry tree nurseries, Malawi Music Project

NPS employment: Yosemite National Park: biologist and restoration worker

What are you most proud of accomplishing during your Peace Corps service? I started the Malawi Music Project along with another Volunteer. It was basically band camp for Malawi students. In the first year, the group came from villages by Liwonde matt jones_music campNational Park. The theme was creativity and the environment. We made instruments and talked about money management, sound, creativity and performing. Rangers came to talk to the students and then they went on a safari. A lot of the students had never been in the park. Generally, their experience with wildlife was through poaching or destruction of crops by animals. I think MMP has moved to the capital now, and includes folks from all over the country. Continue reading