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Mongolia: Fort Collins residents head to chilly Mongolia

Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado


Three Fort Collins residents are about to think a Colorado winter is warm.

Heidi Mayer, 23, Noah Peden, 23, and Jimmy Imes, 24, leave May 29 for a two year service with the Peace Corps in Mongolia. The trio will spend at least three months together in pre service training in Mongolia before being sent to their posts within the country.

"It's going to be really cold," Imes said.

"Super cold," added Peden. "But everything about it excites me, to be honest."

For Mayer, it's the chance of a lifetime. She attended her first Peace Corps meeting in junior high school more than a decade ago.

"I can't even remember the first time I told me family I was going to join," she said. "I wanted something as far from the American lifestyle as possible to expand my global perspective. Mongolia is one of the countries that offers that best. They have more livestock than people and roots to a lifestyle that's not in existence in much of our world."

Mayer and Peden will be teaching English as a foreign language. Imes said he is a community youth development volunteer who will work with Mongolian children.

"It all boils down to the fact that I want to do some good in the world," Imes said. "I also just wanted to get of the States for a while and a whole new world is good enough for me."

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