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News Clips 1.29.16 from Midwest Peace Corps regional office

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How this Peace Corps applicant turned a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes’

Tori Jackson vividly remembers February 24th, 2015. It was the day she received notification that she was not selected for the Peace Corps, and her dreams were suddenly put on hold.

But 30 days was all it took for the Indianapolis native to turn the ‘no’ into a ‘yes’. The George Washington University graduate was determined to make her a dream a reality and spent a month revamping and improving her application. Her hard work paid off, and Tori will begin serving as a secondary English education teacher in Ecuador on Jan. 26.

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Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg

“People join Peace Corps for many, many reasons. My reasoning for joining was really quite selfish. I was so turned to Peace Corps knowing it would allow me to experience the ups and downs of living in a foreign land, to learn a new language, and to really explore the caverns of my shifty mind.”

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Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

Peace Corps gave me the opportunity to get to know myself, practice my skills and better understand the world. It exposed the things that really matter: people, relationships, and appreciating every day. It transformed my whole attitude for life. Gone are the days of dragging myself out of bed to fall into a routine. Now that I’m back home, my life is all about embracing every day, pursuing challenges, and connecting with the people in my life.

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Columbus, Ind., native departs for Peace Corps Ecuador

The world is Tim Hofmeister’s classroom and for 27 months there are no boundaries that he will not cross. The Columbus, Ind., native will depart on Jan. 26 for Ecuador to begin training as a secondary education English teacher and will train the local English teachers on new instruction methodologies to implement in the classroom. He will also work with community groups to create need-based development projects for his community and facilitate youth life-skills classes and professional development workshops. A graduate of the Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich., he shares below how he was inspired to serve.

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MINNESOTA: Each day in Peace Corps brings a crazy adventure: The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love

Maggie Eisenbeis, 24, of Kasson, is slowly crossing off continent after continent that she has traveled to, but this journey is much more than something to cross off a list.

“She has the continents all marked up on the wall of her childhood room to cross out each continent as she goes there. She is working her way down the list,” said Maggie’s mother Pennie. Maggie’s father is Joe Eisenbeis.

Maggie is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia, in a province called Luapula, which is near the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Music with Motivation: RPCV helps fund an African refugee camp library

As a case manager for homeless youth, Ryan Hall chats with minors in homeless camps about all sorts of topics. Sometimes that includes popular rapper Young Thug.

“If I can connect with someone over music, it’s perfect,” Hall says. “It’s a good, non-threatening way to bridge connections.”

Hall does outreach through Lighthouse Youth Services, talking to homeless kids on the streets and getting a feel for their needs. He uses every opportunity he can to apply his love for music toward his equally strong love of social change.

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WIU Peace Corps Fellow Will Serve As Intern In Hillsboro

The city of Hillsboro and Imagine Hillsboro will be getting some assistance from Peace Corps fellow and Western Illinois University graduate student Mary Fuller.

She will be serving an 11-month internship as she works with the city and Imagine Hillsboro on several projects related to community and economic development. These projects include volunteer management and community service, disaster preparedness, job creation and capacity building.

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Bradford grad bound for Madagascar with Peace Corps

Jamie Cummings will soon leave everything he knows and travel more than 9,000 miles to work with the Malagasy.

Cummings, 25, of Kenosha, hopes to share his talents and skills in medicine with the people who can benefit from them most. He plans to live in Madagascar for more than two years as a member of the Peace Corps, a volunteer program providing technical assistance to people outside the U.S.

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From Peace Corps Senegal: Managing Stock Levels with SMS Solution Aids Fight Against Malaria

In the fight against malaria, Senegal has been a leader in West Africa in testing new strategies and implementing innovative solutions that has resulted in a mark decrease in malaria burden. However, one issue constantly plaguing the efforts of program administrators and critically restricting the positive potential of these programs has been the struggle to manage stock levels and avoid stock outs of key materials. Without prophylactic drugs and bed nets, the most vulnerable populations cannot be protected from getting malaria. And without reliable access to medications, those who get malaria cannot be treated.

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Peace Corps opens an office on the KSU campus

Kansas State University’s Office of International Programs, with cooperation from Career and Employment Services and the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension, announces the hiring of Becky Carnes as the new campus representative for the Peace Corps.

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Peace Corps suspends El Salvador program as violence surges

The Peace Corps has suspended its half-century-old program in El Salvador, highlighting the violence that has wracked the Central American nation and helped propel a wave of migration to the United States.

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McFarland native finding friendship, understanding during Peace Corps work

McFarland’s Bridget Norris has spent the last 18 months in western Africa where poverty is rampant, there is no running water or electricity, the infrastructure is underdeveloped, and there are gender disparities.

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