PEACE CORPS PREPARATORY PROGRAM
Welcome to the Peace Corps Preparatory Program newsletter!
Peace Corps Volunteer Highlight: Tom Courtright '14
Follow his journey on his blog: https://kaivalagiliving.wordpress.com/
Find out: What do Fijians think of public dancing?
and When does one appropriately shout out "Bula"?
RPCV Knox Alumn Jeff Wozencraft has library named after him in his host community
Knox Revamps, Modernizes Peace Corps Prep Program
This revamp was a result of feedback from returning alumni, as well as changes in the Peace Corps application process. The new program offers specialization in six sectors: education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development and community economic development. Offering training in all six of these areas is rare at a school of Knox's size. Prep students will also be assigned one of four advisors: Daniel Beers, Nancy Eberhardt, Steven Cohn, or Robin Ragan.
In order to continue our strong acceptance rates, the program has adapted to address changes to the Peace Corps application process. These changes mean that applicants can now apply to work in specific parts of the world. Before this change, applicants found out where they would be placed much later in the process. This change has resulted in the highest number of applicants to the Peace Corps in 22 years, meaning competition for slots has risen dramatically.
Upcoming Lecture on International Education
"Working in International Education" by Erin McIntee
Monday, Feb. 22nd, 4pm
Alumni Hall, Galesburg, IL, United States
Upcoming Event: Global Learning Retreat
"Navigating the Intersections"
Friday, April 8th, 4pm to Saturday, April 9th, 8pm
The GLR is an annual collaboration between Augustana College and Knox College that is currently in its second year. GLR 2016 will be held at Knox College.
*If you have any additional questions please email Travis Greenlee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Event: Work that Matters
Work that Matters-annual conference
Thursday, April 14th, 4pm
Homecoming 2015- Peace Corps Alumni Return
Homecoming 2015 brought many Knox alumni back to campus, among which were three Peace Corps participants: Celestina Agyekum '12, Samantha Claypool Temple '11 and Catherine "Kiki" Cohen '13.
Roughly eight years ago, Knox College was the first college to participate in the Peace Corps Preparatory Program. Through this program, these three Knox alumni gained interest in working with the Peace Corps.
Agyekum spent her time in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa and Temple worked in Magagura, a small village in Tanzania. Cohen, who was assigned to Armenia said that her involvement in the Peace Corps was influenced by her study abroad experience in Barcelona, Spain.
"The purpose of Peace Corps is to integrate yourself within a community. It's about making a home in a foreign place," said Temple.
While it took some time to adjust to their new setting, all three participants agree that they felt they were able to commit their time in their respective countries making an impact on their communities.
Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies
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