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How Joining the Peace Corps Can Enrich and Change Your Life

UVM Brainwaves, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

When Sierra Poske shipped off to Azerbaijan for a two-year placement as a Peace Corps volunteer, she didn’t know what to expect.  As a college athlete and member of the women’s tennis team, she was prepared to work hard and see her goals through to the finish. But this time, the playing field would be very different.

“I left the country with an open mind and prepared to help my host country community in any way possible,” says Poske, who joined the Peace Corps in 2009 after graduating from Wake Forest University, where she studied English literature and anthropology. “I was a college athlete during my undergraduate experience, so I was only able to volunteer sparingly within the community during college,” she says.

Now the Peace Corps campus representative at UVM, Poske says the Peace Corps provided the best possible platform not only to volunteer and give back to the world, but also to live abroad and gain valuable experience in international development work.

The University of Vermont has one of the strongest legacies of Peace Corps participation in the nation and is currently a top five mid-sized volunteer producing university. Vermont is also the number one state per capita for Peace Corps volunteers. With its strong alumni base and global network of volunteers, new graduates and retirees alike are making the choice to volunteer abroad with the Peace Corps.

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