American TESOL Institute & World Wise Schools

WWS

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 - juliemhyman@gmail.com. I'll do my best to answer you as quickly as I can. Talk to you soon!!

Julie



Agency recognizes the contributions of black Americans in the Peace Corps

WASHINGTON? In honor of Black History Month, thePeace Corps recognizes the important contributions black volunteers and staffhave made to the agency?s mission and promoting cross-cultural understandingaround the globe.

In 2018, 650 volunteers who identify as blackserved in communities around the world. Below are the stories of five individuals who help make up the rich tapestry of the Peace Corps community.

Jamaica

Cymone Wilson is a first-generation American whoseparents grew up in Jamaica. When her father told her about the Peace Corpsvolunteers he knew while growing up on the island, Cymone was inspired to apply and was accepted as an education volunteer in southeasternJamaica.

Returning to the country where her parents wereborn and raised brought Cymone a special insight into her own culture andbackground. ?I did not know certain things that my parents did or said?such asputting condensed milk in [their] coffee, or the immaculate way Jamaicansclean?were uniquely Jamaican until I lived with another Jamaican family,? shesays.

Cymone has also beenable to reflect on what it meant for her parents to leave their home and moveto the United States. ?I used to be upset that my parents chose to moveto the United States because of the cold winters in Chicago, where we lived," she says. "Now, after having lived and worked in Jamaica for over two years, I have somuch respect for the courage my family had to move to the U.S. and start over.Dad went on to graduate engineering school and Mom became a nurse. They workedso hard to give me and my siblings a better life. I now understand some of thedifficulties they faced, and am so proud they were able to thrive [in the UnitedStates].?

Cymone and her host mother, Pauline

Armenia

Maya Killingsworth, a Peace Corps volunteer inArmenia, wanted to open a dialogue in her largely homogeneouscommunity aboutAfrican American experiences and perspectives. In order to do this, Mayacreated A.C.T. (African-Americans Challenging Traditions).

?Westarted working on trainings, educational tools and curriculum that teachesArmenians about the diversity that exists in America, about our struggle inAmerica and how that translates into our experiences as volunteers in Armenia,?she says.

Alongwith fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Alicia Easley, Maya led a discussion seriesin the capital city, entitled ?Black in Armenia: Bridging the Gap,? whichdiscussed topics such as identity, race, stereotypes, cultural appropriation,and black history. A.C.T. plans to spread these discussions to other regionsthroughout Armenia in order to contribute to the creation of a positivecultural exchange and a more open and inclusive environment.

Maya created A.C.T. (African-Americans Challenging Traditions) to create discussions around diversity and identity in her Armenian community

South Africa

Health volunteer Joseph Gomes, of Central Falls, Rhode Island, isjust one of the many black Americans who are using their skills and educationalbackground to support under-resourced communities around the world. Afterwitnessing how much HIV impacted his host village in rural South Africa, Josephhas devoted much of his service to helping his counterpart, Mxolisi, sensitizetheir community about the harmfulness of stigmatizing the virus. With anacademic background in health studies and political science, Joseph brings askill set that effectively supports the work that community leaders in his areaare already doing.

?Beyond raising awareness, Mxolisiand I are proud that we worked to encourage these difficult and uncomfortableconversations,? Joseph says. ?Together, we helped our community members becomemore inclusive and understanding.?

Joseph works with young people to try and end stigmatization of HIV in their community

Peace Corpsstaff

During the month of February, Peace Corps would also like torecognize and remember black leaders that have impacted the agency in positiveand lasting ways. One of these leaders is Carolyn R. Payton, who, in 1977,became both the first African American Director of the agency and the firstfemale to hold the role. As Director, Payton believed in reflecting America'sdiversity in the corps of volunteers, and worked tirelessly to convince youngpeople that Peace Corps service would enrich their lives.

Corolyn R. Payton is the first female Director of Peace Corps, as well as the first African American Director.

Another notable leader is Dr. James E. Blackwell, an Anniston,Alabama native who served as the Acting Country Director of the Peace CorpsTanzania post, and later as the Country Director at the Peace Corps Malawi postin the early 1960s. Of his and his wife?s time in Africa, Dr. Blackwell says,?We were young. We thought we could really make the world a better place.?

Outside of his achievements with the international volunteer agency,Dr. Blackwell is a celebrated author, was the first President of the Association of Black Sociologists, and served as a major consultant to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and to the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Maryland defending affirmative action programs.

Dr. James E. Blackwell has a long list of achievements, including his time as Acting Country Director and Country Director for the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps is proud to reflect the rich diversity of America incountries around the world. The agency promotes a culture of inclusion,acceptance and celebration of individuals from all backgrounds.


Publ.Date : Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:43:47 +0000

Peace Corps sends over 300 Americans to service abroad in January

WASHINGTON ? Over 300 Americans departed in January forPeace Corps service. They will spend the next two years working with communitiesin Albania, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Myanmar, South Africa and Thailand. PeaceCorps Response volunteers will undertake shorter-term, high-impact serviceassignments in China, Eswatini, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda, Ukraine andZambia.

The new trainees gathered at staging events across theUnited States, including the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Miami andPhiladelphia. These pre-departure orientations are the first stage of PeaceCorps service for trainees where they receive a stateside introduction tovolunteer safety and service aboard.

?Welcoming new Peace Corps trainees to Ecuador is anexciting part of my job,? said Peace Corps Ecuador Country Director MichaelDonald. ?The trainees bring with them different skills and life experiencesthat will enrich their communities in Ecuador and the Peace Corps community asa whole.?

Following their pre-departure orientations, the trainees were welcomedto their host countries by Peace Corps staff and will spend the next severalweeks in pre-service training to learn the language, intercultural, safety andtechnical skills needed for successful volunteer service.Pictured below are several of the new cohorts.

Ecuador

Since 1962, when Peace Corps Ecuador was established, nearly 7,000 volunteers have served in all four regions of the country. The newest group of 39 trainees will serve as education volunteers.

Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, over 3,500 Peace Corps volunteers have served since 1962. The new trainees, pictured here upon arrival, will work as health and agriculture volunteers and learn to speak local languages, including Afan-Oromo, Amharic and Tigrinya.

Albania

Over 700 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Albania since 1992. The newest group of trainees will be working in the health, education and community organizational development sectors.

Myanmar

The Peace Corps? most recent program in Myanmar was established in 2016. The 34 new English education trainees will learn to speak Burmese.

Thailand

In January, 59 new Peace Corps trainees join the over 5,000 Americans who have served in Thailand since 1962. Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand serve in the education and youth in development sectors.

Ghana

Ghana?s new group of 37 trainees will work in the health and agriculture sectors. They join the ranks of over 4,500 Peace Corps volunteers who have served in Ghana since 1961.

Malawi

Malawi welcomed three Peace Corps Response volunteers who will work on health and education projects in the small, land-locked country.

Liberia

In Liberia, seven new Peace Corps Response volunteers will be working in health, education and gender. They are the 26th group of Peace Corps Response volunteers to serve in Liberia.

Peru

Four new Peace Corps Response volunteers joined the over 3,500 Peace Corps volunteers who have served in Peru since 1962. They are pictured here with their new counterparts.

Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Feb 2019 18:47:23 +0000

Former Peace Corps trainee sentenced in case of video voyeurism

WASHINGTON ? On January 24, 2019, former PeaceCorps trainee Matthew Walker, 31, was sentenced by a federal magistrate judge to3 years of probation and 30 days of intermittent confinement for committingacts of video voyeurism. He was sentenced at the U.S. District Court in theNorthern District of Florida in Pensacola, Florida.

On November 13, 2018, Walker pled guilty to threecounts of video voyeurism stemming from conduct he engaged in while a PeaceCorps trainee in Zambia in 2016. Walker admitted to using his GoPro camera onthree occasions 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.

Inspector General Kathy A. Buller said of thematter, ?My office is committed to helping promote the safety and wellbeing ofVolunteers, and in trying to deter similar behavior in the future. Videovoyeurism is not just unacceptable behavior, it?s a crime that is a seriousviolation of privacy and trust, and the consequences for victims can besignificant to their emotional wellbeing. I hope that our investigative work,and our partnership with the Department of Justice, help ensure those whocommit serious misconduct against our Volunteers are held accountable.?

This case was investigated by the Peace CorpsOffice of Inspector General (OIG) and was 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 is anindependent entity within the Peace Corps. Through audits, evaluations, andinvestigations, OIG provides oversight of agency programs and operations. OIGcombats fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in the programs and operationsof the Peace Corps to help the Peace Corps achieve its goals with integrity andefficiency.


Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Jan 2019 21:04:11 +0000

Peace Corps announces top volunteer-producing states in 2018

District of Columbia holds No. 1 spot for secondyear; Massachusetts enters top ten for first time

WASHINGTON ? Peace Corpsreleased today its 2018 rankings of the top volunteer-producing states across thecountry. The nation?s capital is again the largest producer of volunteers percapita, after claiming the top spot in 2017 from longtime front-runner Vermont.

Forthe first time in history, Massachusetts makes the rankings, securing the No.10 spot among states producing the largest number of total volunteers. At thetop of the list, California and New York continue their decade-long streak asthe No. 1 and No. 2 states, respectively.

Aftera two-year hiatus, New Hampshire is back on the per capita rankings at No. 7. Notably,Virginia, Maryland and Washington made both the top volunteer-producing states percapita and the total volunteer lists for the third year in a row.

?Encouraging allAmericans, from every corner of our country, to become involved ininternational service is something that continues to be at the forefront of mymind,? said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. ?At the Peace Corps, we recognizethe leaders who cultivate a culture of service in their states. Communitiesacross America are embracing the domestic dividend of returned Peace Corpsvolunteers and, today, we celebrate these global citizens who contribute somuch to our country.?

PeaceCorps is unique among service organizations because volunteers live and work atthe community level. Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-onleadership experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to thefarthest corners of the world and make a lasting difference in the lives ofothers. Applicants can apply to specific programs by visiting the Peace Corps websiteand connectingwith a recruiter.

Below find thenation?s top volunteer-producing states for 2018.View the list of volunteer numbers from all 50 states here.

2018 TopStates ? Per Capita (# of volunteers per 100,000 residents)

1.District of Columbia ? 14.8

2. Vermont? 6.9

3. Montana? 4.6

4. Oregon? 4.4

5.Virginia ? 4.3

6.Maryland ? 4.2

7. NewHampshire ? 4.1

8. Maine ?4.0

8.Colorado ? 4.0

8. RhodeIsland ? 4.0

11.Washington ? 3.8

11.Minnesota ? 3.8

2018 TopStates ? Total Volunteers

1.California ? 836

2. NewYork ? 475

3.Virginia ? 364

4. Texas ?351

5.Illinois ? 312

6. Florida? 311

7.Pennsylvania ? 291

8.Washington ? 285

9.Maryland ? 257

10.Massachusetts ? 242

*PeaceCorps data current as of September 30, 2018. The metropolitan area data used todetermine Peace Corps? rankings are derived from the most current U.S. CensusBureau ?Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area? data. Volunteersself-report their home city and state on their Peace Corps application.


Publ.Date : Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:03:34 +0000

Thousands of volunteers support healthy communities, make strides in HIV prevention

Health is Peace Corps? second largest sector, comprising 20% of allvolunteers.

WASHINGTON ? Today, nearly 1,500 Americans are serving asPeace Corps health volunteers in 34 countries. Health volunteers are working toimprove basic care for people and communities at the grassroots level, wherethe needs are most pressing and where their impact is the most significant.

Watch: Build Healthy Global Communities

On Wednesday, at anevent held at Peace Corps headquarters in recognitionof World AIDS Day, Peace Corps Chief of Staff Michelle Brooks acknowledged the contributions of Peace Corps volunteers tothe HIV epidemic response ? just one example of the Peace Corps? uniqueniche in global health.

?PeaceCorps volunteers were enlisted to play an important role at the grassrootslevel and we jumped right in, engaging in this new endeavor in the areas of prevention and care,? said Brooks. ?Now, 15 years later, we are seeing thetransformational impact of PEPFAR, which has saved more than 16 million livesand fostered incredible partnerships with country governments, multilateralinstitutions, civil society, faith-based groups, the private sector,foundations and others.?

Over 1,100 volunteers focus on HIV/AIDS education, preventionand care, either exclusively or as part of comprehensive community healthprojects. Peace Corps contributes to the global response to HIV through the President?sEmergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), theagency?s largest external partner. Volunteers train youth as peer educators, supportchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and create programs that address the needs of familiesand communities affected by the epidemic. In 2018, Peace Corps volunteersreached nearly 160,000 people through comprehensive HIV prevention interventions, including referrals for HIVtesting.

Peace Corps staff share their visions of an HIV-free generation.

In addition to HIV/AIDS, Peace Corps volunteers are working to address issuesof infant and maternal morbidity and mortality, water and sanitation, nutrition,and youth health and well-being. Health volunteers promote preventativeeducation, strengthen technical capacity, and organize communities and healthworkers to provide targeted services.

Many health volunteers return from their Peace Corps service to pursuecareers in public health and medicine, including serving in leading healthorganizations, such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centersfor DiseaseControl and Prevention, World Health Organization, HealthResources and Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, and more.

Read stories fromhealth volunteers here.


Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:25:47 +0000

At 35, Small Project Assistance Program continues to deliver sustainable impact

WASHINGTON? Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen joined USAID Counselor Chris Milligan to commemoratethe 35th anniversary of the Small Project Assistance (SPA) Program. The jointcollaboration has supported more than 25,000 projects and 2,800 trainingactivities in 116 countries over the past three decades. On Monday, at aco-hosted event held at Peace Corps headquarters, Director Olsen shared successstories and the results of a new,jointly-funded external report thatevaluated the program?s effectiveness.

Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen joined USAID Counselor Chris Milligan to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Small Project Assistance (SPA) Program.

?Whetherincreasing local water access in The Gambia, developing waste managementsolutions in Tonga, or mobilizing civic sector organizations around foodinsecurity in Macedonia, the SPA Program helps to catalyze community-led development,?said Director Olsen. ?Time and again, we have seen the ripple effect of the programgo well beyond a single grant, and last long after the end of an individualPeace Corps volunteer?s service. Now we have the hard data to prove it, thanksto a robust external evaluation of the SPA Program.?

Nearly$76 million in USAID funds, the service of thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers,and the contributions of millions of community stakeholders have enabled the SPAProgram to support community development projects tailored to reflect localdevelopment priorities across 116 countries. Projects take place across all PeaceCorps sectors, including agriculture, economic development, education, environment,health and youth development. The average SPA project is supported by communitycontributions that total over 40 percent of project costs, demonstrating abuilt-in level of local investment and ownership.

Inan average year, over 275,000 community members worldwide participate in morethan 500 SPA grant projects. These projects and trainings provide valuableskills and knowledge transfer that empower communities to find innovative,local solutions to their development needs. According to the external SPAProgram evaluation, over 70 percentof communities independently maintain projects after a grant has ended, andnearly 30 percent expand upon the project through new development efforts. Theevaluation findings affirm the program's long-term, sustainable impact incommunities around the world.

Learnmore about SPA projects here.


Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Nov 2018 21:26:58 +0000

Peace Corps Celebrates Veterans Day

WASHINGTON ? On Veterans Day, the Peace Corps honorsthe men and women whose contributions to public service have been instrumentalin spreading peace and freedom throughout the world. In particular, we wouldlike to recognize those whose commitment to serve led them not only to thearmed forces, but also to volunteerism.

Zambia

Currently in Zambia on a Peace Corps assignment, volunteer ErikSjoberg has also served in the United States Army.

When asked about his experiences with public service, Sjobergshared, "Peace Corps and the U.S. Army have shaped who I am and how Ithink about the world. They?ve both forced me to leave the places that I know.To work with people who are different than me. To assume an American publicservant identity twenty-four hours a day.?

Erik believes that there is something inherently noblein public service, and this is what makes the people who he has worked with,both in the Peace Corps and the United States Army, some of the ?best people onearth.?

In addition to Sjoberg, Peace Corps Zambia is proud tobe the host country of many American veterans. For more insight into theirnational service, read what they are sharing on Facebook abouttheir experiences.

Erik says that if he had to pick one word to describe how he feels about his opportunity to serve as both a solider and a volunteer, he would choose "grateful."

Georgia

After two deployments with the Marine Corps, John Brooks still felt adesire to serve his country and applied to the Peace Corps. As a currenteducation volunteer in the nation of Georgia, Brooks co-teaches English alongsidehis local counterparts.

Although military service and Peace Corps aredifferent in many ways, there are several similarities, he says. Of his fellowvolunteers and community members, Brooks says, ?You quickly turn from completestrangers into a close-knit family and, like in the military, those bonds lasta lifetime.?

For those considering any kind of public service,Brooks says, ?The best advice I can give those interested in national serviceis to do it. National service is a life-defining opportunity that will shapeyour future and that of others. However, service is not solely about yourwants, needs or ambitions. Service is about helping others and most of the timethis requires some self-sacrifice.?

John Brooks proudly stands with his fellow volunteers at a Peace Corps Georgia training.

ThePhilippines

David Schopler served with the Peace Corpsin the Philippines before he became an officer in the SEAL Teams, where hecurrently remains as a reservist. Notably, both the Peace Corps and the SEALswere established by President John F. Kennedy within a year of each other.

While comparing his experiences, Schopler says thatserving in the SEALs and the Peace Corps weren?t as different as one mightexpect. ?What drove me to bea member of both these organizations was the desire to serve and, in a way,help?whether that help was protecting people, training others to defendthemselves, or teaching others about Americans,? he said.

The former Peace Corps volunteer andcurrent SEAL reservist notes that, ?although today is to remember, thank, andhonor veterans of the military, I think it is appropriate to do so for all thosewho have served our country.?

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, David started a snorkeling club for high school students in order to help them explore the local coral reef

A fellow Returned Peace Corps Philippinesvolunteer, Dawn Mantell, served as a Combat Engineer with the Marine Corps inthe late 1990s. During her military deployment to Thailand, Mantell?s passionfor travel met her interest in volunteering. After finding out that there was aDisaster Response Program position available with Peace Corps Response, Mantellrealized this was an exciting opportunity to travel, learn a new culture, andhelp where she could.

?I believe it was a life-changingexperience, mostly due to the local community as well as other Peace CorpsVolunteers I now call family,? she says, ?It was not by any means the easiestexperience but the rewards paid off tenfold and ?the toughest job you will everlove? rings true for both the Peace Corps as well as the Marine Corps.?

Marine Corps Combat Engineer Dawn Mantell was deployed to Thailand for a humanitarian effort and a training operation in the late 1990's.

The Peace Corps is proud to have volunteers, past andpresent, who are also military veterans. There are more than 90 veteranscurrently serving as Peace Corps volunteers in communities around the world.


Publ.Date : Fri, 09 Nov 2018 19:09:19 +0000

Peace Corps celebrates Native American Heritage Month this November

WASHINGTON - In honor of NativeAmerican Heritage Month, celebrated every November, the Peace Corps recognizesthe rich history and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Manyvolunteers with native heritage, past and present, have committed themselves tonational service through their work in the Peace Corps.

Madiera Dennison of Virginia Beach,Virginia, currently serves as an education volunteer in rural Malawi, Africa. Madiera?sNative American ancestry, specifically her Ramapo Lenape roots, inform herdecision to continue learning the local language in her area. ?Every day, Imake an effort and a promise to learn the local dialects in my community, tounderstand where I live, and discover why the spaces I visit are given theirnames,? she says. ?I know this little promise shows my respect for my studentsand their heritage. In return, I teach them about diversity in the UnitedStates, the tribes that make up my homeland, and my promise to learn my nativelanguage and share it with them one day.?

Madiera embraces her host mother, who was instrumental in teaching her one of Malawi's many languages.

After finishing her volunteerservice, Madiera plans to continue supporting the Peace Corps? goal of buildingcross-cultural bridges. She has plans to learn more of the mother tongue of herRamapo Lenape ancestors, an endangered Algonquin dialect called Musee. TheVirginia Tech alum actively shares her own culture with her Malawian community,and is excited to share Malawian culture with her family back in the UnitedStates.

She says, ?Although I call Malawimy home for now, I look forward to the day I get to visit my home in Ramapoterritory, share the various languages and cultures I've learned about [inMalawi], and celebrate the language that shapes my history and identity as anAmerican.?

Read more of Madiera's storyhere.

The Peace Corps is committed to sharingthe diversity of the United States with communities across the globe. Theagency has 69 volunteers with Native American or Native Alaskan heritage currentlyserving in communities around the world.


Publ.Date : Wed, 07 Nov 2018 17:03:10 +0000

President Donald J. Trump announces nominee for Peace Corps Deputy Director

WASHINGTON ?President Donald J. Trumpannounced todayhis intent to nominate Alan R. Swendiman to serve as DeputyDirector of the Peace Corps.

Currently, Swendiman serves as Founding PrincipalofThe Capitol Connection, LLC, a government contract consulting firmpracticing in the areas of strategy, business development, and operationalmanagement.

Previously, Swendimanserved as a legal advisor and senior executive for a broad range of federalagencies, including serving asDeputy Principal Legal Advisor and Chief of Staff for U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (2010-2016), General Counsel of the UnitedStates Agency for International Development (2008-2010), General Counsel andActing Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration (2005-2006), andGeneral Counsel of the Federal LaborRelations Authority (1992-1993).

Swendiman has alsoheld positions with the Executive Office of the President and with the State ofNorth Carolina, overseeing administrative services and information technology.In addition, he has more than 30 years of experience in private law practicewithJackson& Campbell, P.C., where he focused on corporate counseling and governmentcontracting.

Swendiman holds a B.A. in political science/historyfrom the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from theGeorgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to the District of Columbia,Maryland, and U.S. Supreme Court bars.

Swendiman?s daughter Shelley served as aPeace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from 2005 - 2007.


Publ.Date : Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:29:05 +0000

Peace Corps counterpart receives prestigious National Teacher Award in Georgia

WASHINGTON ? Longtime Peace Corps partner and technicaltrainer Manana Kapetivadze was honored with the country of Georgia?s esteemedNational Teacher Award on International Teachers? Day, which is celebrated annuallyon Oct. 5.

Kapetivadze?s extensiverelationship with the Peace Corps began in 2001, when the program was firstlaunched in Georgia. She served as a counterpart, or local partner, working closely with an education volunteer inthe inaugural cohort of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Georgia. From 2006-2012and again in 2014, she served as the program?s English education technicaltrainer, playing a critical role in the pre-service training of Peace Corpseducation volunteers.

Kapetivadze saysher experience collaborating with the agency helped her grow as an educator. ?Wewere a Dream Team,? she wrote to returned Peace Corps volunteer Ari Venteicher,her former colleague, upon winning the award. ?I would not have been able to doany of this without you; you were my inspiration and motivation.?

Ari Venteicher, an education volunteer in Georgia from 2015 to 2017, was just one of many Peace Corps volunteers with which Kapetivadze worked.

Another former volunteer, Bryan Morrishad high praise to share about Kapetivadze. ?My two years with Manana turnedinto one of the most transformative experiences of my adult life?not because ofwhat we achieved, but because of the relationship we formed,? he says. ?Mananawas, and continues to be today, a superstar educator who always saw beyond therealities of the day-to-day challenges in the classroom and instead focused onthe potential of those she taught and with whom she worked.?

Today, Kapetivadze continuesto partner with Peace Corps volunteers and collaborate on local projects,including gender workshops, sports leagues, healthy lifestyle trainings, ajournalists? club and a student leadership club. ?Without the experience I gotworking with the Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Georgia staff, I wouldn'tbe the person I am now," she says.

The NationalTeacher Award was established in Georgia in 2017 as part of a global campaignto celebrate successful teachers and promote teaching as a profession. The awardassesses candidates? use of modern and innovative resources, teaching of civicresponsibility and human values, community activism and impact, student outcometrends, and participation in professional development and exchange. The winneris presented with an award of approximately $4,000 and local and internationalprofessional development opportunities.

Kapetivadze proudly holds her National Teacher award.

Education is the PeaceCorps? largest sector, comprising 41% of all volunteers. Since 1961, more than45,000 education volunteers have served in 131 countries across the globe.Volunteers work in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, teachingmath, science, and conversational English, and serve as resource teachers andteacher trainers. Currently, approximately 3,000 Peace Corps education volunteersteach in 48 countries around the world.


Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:43:51 +0000