American TESOL Institute & World Wise Schools


World Wise Schools has matched up Peace Corps Volunteer Julia H. with American TESOL Institute for a two-year exchange of ideas, stories, pictures, and artifacts that help ATI students in the classroom learn about the people, geography, environment, and the culture of the world.

Hey ATI students! Mwa la la po? (how are you all in Oshiwambo, the local language). My name is Julie and I'm currently a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Namibia in Southern Africa and will be here for 2 years. I arrived in Namibia in August when I completed a two-month training program in a town called Okahandja. The training consisted of medical, safety, technical, cultural and language sessions from 8:30 to 5 everyday during the week and sometimes even on Saturdays! There were 45 Americans with us from all over the US since the beginning and we spent all that time together so you can imagine we all became pretty good friends. While in Okahandja, we all lived in different neighborhoods with host families so it was a really good introduction to Namibia and its people and culture.

After 8 weeks as Peace Corps trainees in Okahandja, we swore in as volunteers on October 16 and moved to our sites the next day! The volunteers in our group are spread out throughout the entire country and the majority of our group are English, Science, or Math teachers since we are all education volunteers (there are also health volunteers in Namibia). I am a bit of a special case because although technically I am lumped in with the education volunteers, I actually am not a teacher at a school. I am an ICT Volunteer (Information and Communications Technology) and am working at a community library at my site. Of our group, there are four ICT Volunteers and only two of us won't be at schools.

So now that you have the background, I can tell you a little bit about my site, which I have been at now for two weeks! I was placed in a small town called Omuthiya in Owamboland which consists of four regions in the Northern part of the country. Omuthiya was recently proclaimed a town and is definitely in the PROCESS of developing. I kind of feel like I have the best of both worlds here since I do have some of the amenities of a town but also live 4km off the main road (about an hour's walk) in a village. I definitely mean *some* amenities since there is no grocery store here and I have to travel 80km to my shopping town of Ondangwa to buy food! I am living on a traditional Owambo homestead with a host family who are really awesome. A homestead is a collection of huts and houses owned by one extended family and surrounded by a ton of land. My Meme and Tate (Mother & Father in Oshiwambo) are older and their kids are all grown and have moved away but there are several Namibian students (or learners, as they are called here) who live here and help out because of the homestead's proximity to local schools. Additionally, there are several farmers who also live and work here. I have my own little 4-room concrete house on the homestead and there is no electricity or running water. There is a water tap in a different section of the homestead so I am able to fetch water whenever I need it. A lot of other volunteers on homesteads have bucket showers and pit latrines but I am lucky enough to have a flush toilet and (cold!) shower which are both located in another little house on the homestead.

My job is still pretty new which means I'm still getting the hang of things and figuring things out but I'm really liking it so far. I am currently helping to open a new library in town which has included setting up a computer lab there, helping to move in furniture, facilitating setting up the internet, and organizing and shelving books. Organizing the books is what my days mostly consist of right now. It's very time consuming! I can't wait for the library to actually be open. I have lots of ideas for what I want to do there when community members start using it!

So that's a little snapshot of my life right now. It's all very new and exciting and I'm really liking it! Where are some of the places that you all will be teaching? What are some of your reasons for wanting to teach abroad?? I'd love to hear about you guys!! Feel free to e-mail with any questions - I'll do my best to answer you as quickly as I can. Talk to you soon!!


Peace Corps Office of Inspector General receives two awards for excellence

WASHINGTON?ThePeace Corps Office of Inspector General (OIG) received two awards forexcellence at the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity andEfficiency?s (CIGIE) 21st Annual Awards Ceremony held on Oct. 17,2018.

CIGIE presented the Award for Excellence inEvaluations to a Peace Corps OIG team for its ?exemplary coordination andtimeliness on the evaluationof Peace Corps/Kosovo.? In December 2016, a team of evaluators identified serious weaknesses within the community development (CD) project in the country.

OIG?s ability to quickly identify problems resulted in a decision torecommend postponement of Peace Corps/Kosovo?s June 2017 input of CD volunteers.Peace Corps management quickly found alternative placements for the 16individuals who had already been invited to serve as CD volunteers, set aboutredesigning the CD project goals and training for future volunteers, andimproved the staff support for the project. Assistant Inspector General forEvaluations Jerry Black, Evaluator Kaitlyn Large and Program Analyst AlexandraMiller received the award.

AnotherOIG team received an Award for Excellence in Investigations for its ?excellencein conducting an initiative against volunteer drug use.?

Between April 2015 and February 2018, OIG agentsconducted field investigations of illicit volunteer drug use at nine PeaceCorps posts. This initiative led to the issuance of a ManagementAdvisory Report on Volunteer Drug Use, which made recommendations encouraging the agency to examine all facets of itsdrug policy, including enforcement, record keeping, research and training.

Assistant Inspector General for Investigations JohnWarren, Expert Joe Bodensteiner, Senior Investigator Doug Bonaro, DiplomaticSecurity Liaison John Carlock, Senior Investigator Germn Melo, SeniorInvestigator Jennifer Pallotta, Senior Investigator Terrick Turner andInvestigator Jeffrey Reichert received the award.

Inspector General Kathy A. Buller stated, ?The breadth of work that was honored todayexemplifies the passion, skill and depth of knowledge housed in our smalloffice. I am so proud of these teams and their efforts to help the Peace Corpsachieve its mission.?

The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended,established OIGs within federal agencies to combat fraud, waste, abuse and toimprove economy and efficiency. The inspector general community has more than14,000 audit, investigation, inspection and other professionals across 72 IGs.

CIGIE is an independent entity within the executivebranch representing 72 OIGs in the federal government. CIGIE?s mission is topromote integrity, economy and effectiveness in government agencies as well asto increase the professionalism and effectiveness of personnel in the communityof inspectors general. For more information on the IG community, visit

Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:02:41 +0000

Peace Corps volunteers promote culture of handwashing around the world

WASHINGTON ? On Global Handwashing Day,celebrated annually on Oct. 15, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers whopromote handwashing and sanitation in communities around the world. Througheducation and training on best sanitation practices, Peace Corps volunteers andtheir local partners are working to improve hygiene and help prevent diseases in thecommunities they serve.

Established in 2008 by the GlobalHandwashing Partnership, Global Handwashing Day is dedicated to raisingawareness about handwashing with soap as an easy and effective way to preventdiseases. Today, over 200 million people take part inhandwashing celebrations across the world. Below are stories of two PeaceCorps volunteers who are doing their part to foster and support a culture ofhandwashing in their corners of the world.

Students in Togo happily use a new handwashing station installed at their middle school.


In Senegal, Peace Corps health volunteer Alex Hammerslough, of AnnArbor, Michigan, works at a community health center near the Gambia River wherehe monitors the spread of infectious diseases in the region and assists withdeveloping intervention techniques. Alex has also assisted with 15 soap-makingtrainings in his community. Handwashing with soap at critical times, such asafter using the bathroom and before preparing food, can significantly decreasethe spread of infectious diseases. According to Alex, the benefits of thetrainings are not limited to sanitation alone.

?The goal of these trainings is to encourage hygiene,but also to teach people to save money by making their own soap and even earnmoney by selling soap,? said Alex.


As a Peace Corps health volunteer in Guinea, Barbara Peterson ofGrayslake, Illinois, works at a local health center. One of the greatestchallenges thatthe center faces is lack of clean water and poorsanitation practices. Barbara worked with her community to install a water pumpand faucets for running water to improve hygiene at the center.

Barbara also initiated a youth club with seventh andeighth grade students to help combat school dropout and provide students with asafe space to gather and exchange ideas. One of Barbara?s favorite moments fromher service was watching members of her youth club lead handwashing trainingsat the local primary school.

Fanta, a member of the youth club in Barbara?s community, led a handwashing demonstration for second grade students at a primary school. She worked with three youth club members to teach students the 10 steps of handwashing and appropriate handwashing times.

?We had asked youth club members to lead acertain number of health talks for the younger students, and thought the bestplace to start was hand-washing,? said Peterson. ?During one of our youth club meetings, members learnedthe 10 steps of washing, and the appropriate washing times. I remember feelinganxious [that] the students who would be leading the lessons at the primaryschool did not really understand what we were doing, or would be nervous infront of the class. So when we showed up the first day at the primary school, Iwas floored to see the older youth club members take over the entire lessonlike complete experts.?

Find more stories about handwashing here.

Publ.Date : Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:17:17 +0000

New law strengthens health and safety for Peace Corps volunteers

President Donald J. Trump signed into law newlegislation that seeks to improve access to medical care for Peace Corps volunteers,strengthen accountability and oversight and enhance procedures to reduce therisk of crime in the countries where volunteers serve. The bill was passedunanimously by the U.S. Senate on September 24 after passing the House on July10.

?We are deeply grateful to all those who have championed thisimportant legislation ? from the family of Nick Castle to leaders in the U.S.Congress, including Senator Bob Corker, Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressman TedPoe and Congressman Joe Kennedy III,? said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen.?Their leadership has made a positive impact on the Peace Corps by helpinginstitutionalize higher standards for volunteer health, safety and security.This bill will codify best practices to help keep volunteers safe and hold theagency accountable to taxpayers and Congress.?

TheSam Farr and Nick Castle Peace CorpsReform Act of 2018 is named inmemory of Nick Castle, of Brentwood, Calif.,who passed away at age23 while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in China. The legislation alsohonors former Congressman Sam Farr, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer inColombia in the 1960s.

TheSam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of2018contains the following key provisions:

PeaceCorps volunteer support:

  • Provides the director the authoritynecessary to appropriately review and evaluate the performance of all currentmedical staff;
  • Requires the director to implementrecommendations made by the Peace Corps Office of Inspector General and reportprogress to Congress; and
  • Extends existing health carecoverage for service-related injuries through three months after volunteersreturn from service.

PeaceCorps oversight and accountability:

  • Requires public disclosure of theresults of volunteer surveys on satisfaction in each country in whichvolunteers serve, as well as the early termination rate;
  • Provides volunteers with directaccess to the inspector general; and
  • Requires the director to notifyCongress of the opening or closure of offices and country programs.

Crimerisk reduction:

  • Permanently authorizes the Office ofVictim Advocacy, first authorized by theKate Puzey Peace CorpsVolunteer Protection Act;
  • Requires the director make evidenceand information regarding a volunteer?s death available to the inspectorgeneral in order to facilitate an independent review of such incidents; and
  • Extends and enhances other expiringprograms, first authorized by theKate Puzey Peace Corps VolunteerProtection Act, that provide services to volunteers who have been victimsof sexual assault.

Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:37:18 +0000

Peace Corps kicks off inaugural HBCU Barbershop Tour

WASHINGTON ? Peace Corps launches its first-ever HBCUBarbershop Tour in October with visits to historically black colleges anduniversities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Thetour officially kicked off on October 2 at Nile Style Barbershop near Morgan StateUniversity in Baltimore.

?Inthe African American community, the barbershop is the cornerstone of politics,religion, sports, culture, networking and professional development,? said Peace Corps Diversity Recruiter Dwayne Matthews, a returned Peace Corps volunteerfrom Little Rock, Arkansas and a graduate of HBCU Norfolk State University in Virginia.?This tour is a chance for the Peace Corps to participate in theseconversations ? to listen, engage and share information about the opportunitiesavailable through volunteer service in an organic and familiar setting.?

Peace Corps Diversity Recruiter Dwayne Matthews is a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Little Rock, Arkansas and a graduate of HBCU Norfolk State University in Virginia.

Thetour will feature 10 stops on HBCU campuses and local barbershops that servethe university population and surrounding communities. Each visit will includestakeholder meetings with university and college staff, class talks and informationsessions on campus and panel discussions with returned Peace Corps volunteersand university alumni at local barbershops.

Over30 percent of Peace Corps volunteers self-report as racially or ethnicallydiverse, following the agency?s efforts to expand outreach to diverse communitiesacross the United States. The HBCU Barbershop Tour is the Peace Corps? latesteffort to expand opportunities for international service and recruit a volunteercorps that shares the rich diversity of America with communities around theworld.

Here is the full tour schedule with dates and locations:

  1. October 2: Morgan State University andNile Style Barbershop (Maryland)
  2. October 3:Virginia Union University and Mike Blendz (Virginia)
  3. October 9: Bowie State University and Bowie Town Barbers(Maryland)
  4. October 15: Norfolk State UniversityandKappatal Cuts(Virginia)
  5. October 16: Virginia State UniversityandReal Cutz(Virginia)
  6. October 22: Hampton University andJust Earl Barbershop(Virginia)
  7. October 23: Howard University and Wanda's on 7th (Washington, D.C.)
  8. October 24: Delaware State UniversityandJ Stylez Barbershop (Delaware)
  9. October 29: University of Maryland,Eastern ShoreandWolf Barbershop(Maryland)
  10. October 30: Coppin State University and Phaze Two Barbershop(Maryland)

Publ.Date : Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:29:42 +0000

Peace Corps Office of Inspector General announces criminal case against former trainee

WASHINGTON ? The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General announcedthat yesterday a former Peace Corps trainee was charged with three counts ofvideo voyeurism stemming from conduct he engaged in while a trainee in Zambia.

Matthew Walker, 30, was charged by an information in theNorthern District of Florida at the U.S. District Court in Panama City,Florida.

As alleged in the information, Walker was a Peace Corpstrainee in Zambia in 2016. On three occasions Walker is alleged to have usedhis GoPro camera to record a fellow trainee, without consent, while the fellowtrainee was naked and changing in areas where the fellow trainee had areasonable expectation of privacy. Thename of the victim is being withheld from the public to protect the victim?s privacy.

Inspector General Kathy A. Buller said of the matter,?Our Volunteers are some of the best and brightest that America has to offer,and our programs depend on their safety and well-being. My office is committedto ensuring that allegations of serious misconduct by or against ourVolunteers, like video voyeurism, are thoroughly investigated.?

The charges in the information are merely allegations,and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonabledoubt in a court of law. The trial is scheduled for 9:00 am on October 24, 2018at the U.S. District Court in Panama City, Florida.

The case is being investigated by the Peace Corps, Officeof Inspector General. The case is being jointly prosecuted by Department ofJustice Trial Attorney Clayton O?Connor of the Criminal Division?s Human Rightsand Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Smith of theNorthern District of Florida.

The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General (OIG) is anindependent entity within the Peace Corps. Through audits, evaluations,and investigations, OIG provides oversight of agency programs and operations.OIG combats fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in the programs andoperations of the Peace Corps to help the Peace Corps achieve its goals withintegrity and efficiency.

Publ.Date : Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:28:03 +0000

Peace Corps teachers on track to reach nearly 300,000 students in 2018

Education is the Peace Corps? largest sector,comprising 41% of all volunteers

WASHINGTON ? As Peace Corps teachers head back to the classroomthis fall, they join the ranks of more than 45,000 education volunteers whohave served in 131 countries since 1961.

There are currently approximately 3,000 Americans teaching asPeace Corps volunteers in 48 countries. Throughout the month of September, thePeace Corps is highlighting the work of education volunteers as part of alarger effort to promote the agency?s programs around the world and highlightthe professional skills that volunteers bring back to American communitiesfollowing their service.

Watch: Teach lessons that last a lifetime

?The Peace Corps? commitment to our education sector isreflected in our world-class training of volunteers, the teaching we doalongside our host country partners, and the dedicated professionals who returnfrom service to become educators in the United States,? said Peace CorpsDirector Jody Olsen. ?The two years I spent teaching as a volunteer in Tunisiatransformed my career and showed me the unique privilege that teachers have toinspire achievement in the hearts and minds of their students.?

Volunteers work in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools,teaching math, science, and conversational English, and serve as resourceteachers and teacher trainers. Education volunteers also develop libraries andtechnology resource centers. Last year alone, volunteers collaborated withtheir host country partners to create more than 1,000 libraries.

Peace Corps teachers are expected to reach nearly 300,000 students in 2018.

Many volunteers return from service to pursue careers in education acrossthe United States. Earlier this year, returned Peace Corps volunteerMandyManning was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Yearand honored during a ceremonyat the White House. Manning, who taught in Armenia as a volunteer, now teaches Englishand math in Spokane, Wash., at Ferris High School?s Newcomer Center, whichprovides instruction for immigrant and refugee students.

Peace Corps supports several initiatives aimed at helpingcurrently serving and returned volunteers pursue careers in education. Forexample, education volunteers in 11 countries have the opportunity toparticipate in a TeachingEnglish as a Foreign Language certificate program, allowing them toearn a recognized teaching credential during Peace Corps service.Through the PaulD. Coverdell fellows program, returned volunteers can receive financialassistance to pursueover 40 graduate programs in education and teaching.Participantsalso complete internships in underservedcommunities in theUnited States, allowing them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills theylearned as volunteers.

Last year,for the first time, the agency collaborated with D.C. Public Schoolson a fellowship program that places multilingual, recently returned PeaceCorps volunteers in schools around the District. The returned volunteers areassigned to World Language classrooms, which focus on seven target languagesand are designed to prepare students for an increasingly connected andinterdependent world. Educators in the United States can also connect withPeace Corps volunteers around the world through thePaul D. Coverdell WorldWise Schools program, which is dedicated to promoting global learning throughlesson plans, activities, and events based on Peace Corps volunteer experiences.

Read stories fromeducation volunteers here.

Publ.Date : Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:37:59 +0000

Peace Corps mourns the loss of Jonathan Mitchell

WASHINGTON? Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen is saddened to confirm the death of PeaceCorps volunteer Jonathan Mitchell of Iron Mountain, Michigan. Jonathan, 25, diedfrom an automobile accident in Togo on September 4, 2018.

?Jonwas a wonderful Peace Corps volunteer,? Director Olsen said. ?He was passionateabout the projects he led, helping to protect the environment and improve foodsecurity, and he was dedicated to building strong relationships throughout hiscommunity. The entire Peace Corps family is grieving his loss. We send our heartfeltsympathies to Jon?s parents and siblings, and we hope they can find somemeasure of comfort in knowing how much Jon means to the Peace Corps and to hiscommunity.?

Jonathan earned abachelor?s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During hiscollege years, he worked on a farm, taught English in Vietnam, and producedinstructional videos in Kenya. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, fishing,and photography. He took pride in coming from a family with a long tradition ofservice to others, and he looked forward to building on that legacy in Togo.

Before beginning hisPeace Corps service, Jonathan wrote of his eagerness to experience new culturesand new perspectives. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he hoped to ?gainknowledge of another culture that is different from what I am accustomed to? andin the process of this ?invaluable experience,? he said, ?I believe I will growand learn new things about myself.?

Jonathanis survived byhis parents, Carol and Daniel Mitchell; his siblings andtheir spouses, Benjamin and Cyprine Mitchell, Joshua Mitchell, Alyssa and PatrickGehndyu, Danielle and Matthew Yu, Meeyom Mitchell, Andrew and StephanieMitchell, and Trang and Ross Neubauer; his nieces and nephews Jayden, Zoe,Annabelle, Olivia, Mason, and Addison; his grandmothers Helen Mitchell andBeverley Cuddy; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Vietnam.

Publ.Date : Wed, 05 Sep 2018 20:48:25 +0000

Peace Corps honors change-makers on Women?s Equality Day

WASHINGTON ? Women?s Equality Daycommemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment and theresilient women who work to promote the American value of equality. Today, Peace Corps recognizes thecontributions that volunteers have made to help advance equality across theglobe and back home in the United States. Currently, women make up 63 percent ofall Peace Corps volunteers.

From starting leadership camps for girls to advocating forwomen?s health, many Peace Corps volunteers organize programs that encouragegender equality and women?s empowerment. In Albania and Senegal, volunteersKelsey Turner and Emma Murphy are working with their communities to challengethe status quo, empower women and girls, and inspire future leaders.

Kelsey and her Girl Scout troop


Kelsey Turner, of Orleans, Massachusetts,has turned the challenge of being a woman in her community into an opportunity forpositive change. To combat negative stereotypes, she made an inspirationalvideo to highlight the female leaders in her town. ?Many of the strong women intown who I admire have led to me growing in my own strength,? she says. ?I?velearned the extreme importance of women supporting and encouraging each other.?

To encourage and empower young women and girls, Kelseyalso organized a Girl Scout Troop and a Girls Leading Our World Camp (GLOW). Shesays that she has seen how difficult it can be for women to be heard, but sheknows that she is making a difference when people come up to her and tell herhow the camps and clubs have inspired them to think differently about women.

?Hopefully I am inspiringothers to change societal ideas in the future,? Kelsey says. It has been a privilege,she adds, ?to empower young girls to realize that they can do and be anythingthat they want.?

Emma with some of the women from Peudebi


Emma Murphy, of Washington,D.C., set out to improve the health of her community with her women?shealthcare group, Peudebi, which means ?coming together? in the local language.When she got to her site, it seemed many community members did not haveknowledge of essential healthy habits, especially when it came to women?shealth.

To raise awareness about healthy habits and women?shealthcare, Emma assembled the most powerful group she could imagine to help launchthe project. ?I recruited a force of women,? she says. ?Imagine sixteen of thefeistiest women you've ever met.?

Together, Emma and her women?s group discuss topics suchas prenatal care and hand-washing. The women in the group pass along themessage to neighbors, friends and family. In addition to improving communityhealth habits, Emma?s project combats gender stereotypes by empowering women toadvocate for their own health. She says, ?The success is found in women givingvoice to often unspoken gender inequalities and finding comrades in the effortto get their husbands and sons invested in the health of their wives andchildren.?

Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Aug 2018 13:15:09 +0000

Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen visits China to celebrate 25th anniversary
Director Olsen with Peace Corps volunteers in China.

WASHINGTON ? Today, Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen joined U.S. ConsulGeneral Jim Mullinax in Chengdu at the swearing in ceremony of China?s 24thcohort of volunteers. The event marks the 25th anniversary of the PeaceCorps program in China, where over 1,235 volunteers have served since 1993. Theprogram is formally known as the United States-China Friendship Volunteerprogram.

?At its heart, this program brings together people to share knowledge,world views, cultural riches and the values and shared aspirations of theAmerican and Chinese peoples,? said Olsen. ?We could not beprouder of our shared legacy, or more grateful for the friendship andcollaboration of our Chinese partners.?

The new group of 79volunteers were sworn into service by Olsen after successfully completing 10weeks of training. Their training included Mandarin language instruction andsessions on Chinese culture to better integrate with their host communities.The new volunteers will teach at universities, colleges, and vocational schoolsinSichuan, Guizhou, and Gansu provinces and Chongqing municipality.

Director Olsen, whoserved as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia from 1966 to 1968, delivered thekeynote remarks at the ceremony. She reflected on her own service andthanked the Chinese people for their friendship and collaboration in making thepartnership a success. Over 200 guests attended the event,including members of the Chinese government, U.S. Consulate, and partner schools.The festivities also included a ceremonial cake-cutting.

Over the past 25 years, Peace Corps volunteers havehelped enhance the skills of 350,000 Chinese students and teachers in 140participating universities and colleges. Volunteers haveworked with even more Chinese through secondary activities such as Englishclubs, women?s empowerment workshops, andsummer teacher training programs.

The 25thanniversary celebration took place during Director Olsen?s first trip to Chinaas head of the agency. During the visit, she also visited volunteers in theircommunities and met with Chinese government officials.

Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:50:58 +0000

Peace Corps mourns the loss of Mitchell Herrmann
Mitchell Herrmann

WASHINGTON ? Mitchell Herrmann, a Peace Corps trainee in Namibia,died suddenly Thursday, August 16.

Mitchell, 24, of Lake Worth, Florida, was training to teachscience as a Peace Corps volunteer.

?Theentire Peace Corps family is mourning the loss of Mitchell Herrmann, one of ournewest members and a young man who stood ready to share his passion forteaching with the people of Namibia,? said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. ?Wesend our deepest sympathies to Mitchell's parents and loved ones. Our heartsand prayers are with them as we set out to honor Mitchell's memory andcelebrate his life.?

Mitchell,who earned a bachelor?s degree in geology from Florida Atlantic University, wasan environmental educator for several organizations before he entered the PeaceCorps earlier this month. Most recently, he taught at the Arrowhead RanchOutdoor Science School in California.

?WhatI primarily desire to bring forth in my time of service revolves around mystrengths in the realm of environmental education, my aptitude to foster asense of nurturing and passion for education, and also my positivity in therealms of encouragement, engagement, and motivation,? wrote Mitchell in anaspiration statement prior to traveling to Namibia to begin his training.

Hisfellow trainees, as well as Peace Corps staff, appreciated his kindness and enthusiasmfor the education program. They are planning a vigil this evening and a formalmemorial service in the near future.

Mitchellis survived byhis mother Lisa Mirich, father Eduard Herrmann, stepfatherAlex Mirich, stepmother Dawn Herrmann, brother Ethan Herrmann, sister SierraHerrmann, grandmother Celia Muschett, and a large extended family.

Publ.Date : Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:37:24 +0000