Are you interested in using your talents abroad? On February 11th the Peace Corps regional representative, Laura Fonseca, will be holding an information session here in the School of Public Health that will focus on the health sector of the Peace Corps. I was able to speak with her and find out what they are all about.
The Peace Corp was founded in 1961, with a timeless mission of promoting world peace and friendship. Their goal is to tackle challenges that “know no borders”, such as climate change and/or pandemic disease. It is a government organization who “trains, sends and supports volunteers in approximately 70 countries around the world” where its volunteers can assimilate into their host communities in one of six development sectors for 27 months. These six sectors include; health, education, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Laura mentioned how the health sector would be a great opportunity for students in the School of Public Health to really utilize their talents, but she also mentioned that you are not limited to just one sector. She stated she completed her volunteer work in Ukraine within the education sector. Laura was able to branch out of education to help address the HIV problem and bring awareness to Ukraine’s population at the time.
The Peace Corp is always looking for people to apply. They want to improve the understanding of Americans abroad, and search for volunteers who are committed to service and are passionate about helping others. They have volunteers ranging from being in their early twenties to their late forties. It is never too late or too early to participate in such a life changing event. Laura brought up that volunteering with the Peace Corp is one of the best experiences you can gain and use for the rest of your life. You are able to build life skills and share experiences after returning. “Putting it on your resume looks great”, Laura said “and it is a sure way to show your leadership skills”.
This organization is all about helping others and developing yourself as a person. If you are interested in learning more about the Peace Corps, be sure to attend the information session happening on February 11th from 1-2pm in PH C013!
“Jenny Agostino is a senior at Indiana University. She plans to graduate in May 2014 with a degree in Dietetics. After graduation Jenny hopes to complete a dietetic internship and obtain her license to practice as a registered Dietitian. She would also like to continue her education by attaining a Master’s degree in nutrition. “
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