Building global relationships
The following excerpt comes from the Grand Valley Magazine in Allendale, Michigan and was originally published on May 8, 2012.
“This was the job description that caught the eye of graduate student Vince Lambert: organization seeks candidates who are flexible, reliable, resourceful and possess a good sense of humor.
It didn’t phase Lambert that the position would be in Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine. Lambert accepted the job and spent two year working as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small Moldovan village – and he loved every second of it.
‘My horizons used to be so narrow,’ Lambert said. ‘Being in the Peace Corps has completely opened everything up for me.’
Now a graduate assistant for the Seidman College of Business Dean’s Office, Lambert graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A vacation to Ireland and Scotland got him to think globally.
‘I had no other study abroad experience,’ he said. ‘But that trip caused me to want to diversify my life experiences, to travel and to learn a new language.’
Lambert joined a growing number of students with ties to Grand Valley who served with Peace Corps. Nearly 30 Laker alumni were stationed all over the world last year, up from 20 four years ago. The Peace Corps’ regional office in Chicago lists Grand Valley as the No. 3 university in Michigan for number of volunteers currently serving, following the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
Kristin Wegner is an assessment specialist/recruiter who works in the Chicago office. She and the other recruiters regularly visit Grand Valley to interview potential volunteers and lead information sessions. Wegner, who used to teach in Grand Valley’s Movement Science Department, said there are multiple reasons for the rise in Laker volunteers."
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