Peace Corps Runs in the Family
Scott Gallagher of Englewood, Colorado is preparing to spend the next 27 months in Guinea, West Africa, with the Peace Corps. Working as a high school math instructor, Scott will join the 7,300 current volunteers worldwide, one of whom is older brother, Dave Gallagher.
For the past year, Dave has been serving with the Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia, as an English teacher in a primary school. The Gallagher's introduction to Peace Corps sounds a bit like the telephone game. A friend originally introduced Dave to the grass roots development organization, and he in turn passed the information on to Scott.
Scott was sufficiently interested to apply to Peace Corps last September and then travel to Central Asia in March to visit his brother. Scott spent 10 days there visiting his brother's classroom, meeting his host family and being introduced to the volunteer life-style in the Kyrgyz Republic.
In May, Scott graduated from Colorado State University with his degree in mechanical engineering. Following the completion of his Peace Corps service, Scott hopes to pursue a graduate degree in business and international relations.
The Gallagher family moved to Colorado from Kansas City, choosing Englewood as their home. Both Dave and Scott attended Cherry Creek High School, followed by Colorado State University.
The family seems to thrive on international adventures. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Scott studied abroad in Mexico and France, becoming fluent in both Spanish and French. This fall, Scott and Dave's younger sister Jenette will spend a semester studying in Cameroon. The three Gallagher siblings and their parents hope to meet in Rome this winter for a holiday reunion.
Scott glows with excitement about his upcoming adventure in Guinea, thanks in part to his journey to the Kyrgyz Republic. Once in West Africa, Scott expects to continue communicating with Dave on a regular basis. As volunteers, each will have limited e-mail and telephone access, in addition to letters.
It is people like Scott and Dave Gallagher who have made the Peace Corps successful for nearly 40 years. Through their desire to volunteer as classroom teachers, integrate into life in a developing country, and share their experiences upon return, these brothers represent the true spirit of the Peace Corps.
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