Linfield College has prepared 14 graduates to serve in the Peace Corps.
Opportunities after college can be hard to come by, but the Peace Corps can provide help in eliminating some of the search.
Ashley Ensminger, class of ’09, is in the Dominican Republic serving as a Community Economic Development volunteer. She works with a women’s co-op in the production of dried fruits and marmalades—the area’s specialty goods.
Ensminger also aids the women in accounting, marketing promotions and quality control and helps them to improve general administrative processes.
If any senior students are interested in joining the Peace Corps they should apply by Sept. 30 to qualify to serve when they graduate.
Apply and be considered for an assignment launching in the spring and summer of 2013, by visiting www.peacecorps.gov/apply.
A Peace Corps recruiter will be on campus Sept. 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the internship fair. The recruiter will also host an information session from 4:30-6 p.m. after the fair.
Peace Corps covers travel payments to and from the United States, a monthly stipend and health care benefits. It also offers volunteers money to readapt to life in the United States when they are finished with their service. Many universities team up with the Peace Corps to supply volunteers with graduate school benefits. If you would like to see a list of benefits, visit: www.peacecorps.gov/benefits.
“As Linfield seniors begin their final year and start thinking about life post-college, many of them may be considering Peace Corps service —a life-defining experience,” said Jeremiah McDaniel, the Public Affairs Coordinator for the Peace Corps West Coast region.
Maybe the Peace Corps is the next step for many future Linfield graduates.