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Years later, Peace Corps impact still felt

The following excerpt comes from the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was originally published on December 5, 2011.

Volunteering with the Peace Corps is a life-changing experience. But then, how could living among the natives for two-plus years in a Third World country not be?

Former volunteers living in Northwest Missouri say it changes your worldview, expands your grasp of other languages, cultures and customs. It puts you in a place that might not have electricity, but fresh fruit is everywhere. The excitement of adventures in the rainforest are tempered with regular testing for malaria. And some find their soulmates through the experience, an experience often called toughest job youll ever love.

For Sarah Ambriz, a Missouri Western State University graduate, the normal deployment of two years wasnt long enough. After graduating from Western in December 2007 with degrees in psychology and Spanish, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Guyana and lived in an indigenous colony where she taught literacy courses and served as the head librarian. She was having the time of my life, so she extended her stay for another year.

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