I am the Peace Corps Campus Recruiter for GVSU and other West Michigan schools and am housed in the Padnos International Center on Allendale’s campus. I would love to meet with you to discuss a few options that your health students have in becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would also welcome the opportunity to speak for a few minutes in your class this coming semester, if you desire.
The Peace Corps is an international government organization that encourages change makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad to work side by side with local leaders to tackle some of the most pressing challenges today. Our six sectors are very hands-on, grassroots-driven, and a great opportunity for students after graduating from college that include: Agriculture, Community Economic Development (Business), Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development. Peace Corps service is 27 months long including three months of training and two years of service.
Specifically, in the health sector, many volunteers will work on HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach, child and maternal health, nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and basic hygiene and water sanitation projects. Their Peace Corps service would give them hands-on, life-changing experience in the field and help prepare them for their next steps in life (whether it be further schooling or finding a job).
I am a resource here on campus and am available to meet with students and guide them through the application process (everything from initial meetings and resume help to conducting mock interviews and offering support). I hope to hear from you soon and I look forward to working with you.
Click here for more information on the Peace Corps Health sector!
Carissa M. Patrone
Peace Corps Campus Recruiter | Grand Valley State University
Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
616.331-3898 PIC | 616.331.8087
RPCV Nicaragua ’13-‘15