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Peace Corps takes alum to Peru

Castleton Spartan, Castleton, Vermont 

From being crowned Miss Vermont USA in 2010 to joining the Peace Corps and being sent to a poverty-stricken area of Peru, Castleton alumnus Nydelis Ortiz says there is nothing she would trade for this experience.

For security purposes, the Peace Corps prefers not to disclose the exact location of its volunteers, but Ortiz was willing to share that the area she resides in is on the coast of Northern Peru near Trujilla, the third largest Peruvian city.

After interning with the Department of Homeland Security for her last two years in college, Ortiz was offered a job as an accounting technician and translator; putting her two degrees in Spanish language and literature and Spanish for business to good work.

The Peace Corps experience was brought to her attention during middle school when her cousin’s girlfriend returned from volunteering in the Dominican Republic. After hearing her stories, Ortiz knew what she had to do.

“I started applying for the Peace Corps in 2011 and in June 2012 I was in Peru,” Ortiz said.

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