From Window Magazine: Peace Through Service
If your next job offer came from a health center in a small village at the end of a long dirt road in Rwanda, would you take it?
To Kayla Britt, it sounded like a dream job. The 2009 Communication major is one of 73 Western Washington University alumni who are Peace Corps Volunteers in 38 countries around the globe.
This year, Western was the medium-sized university with the most alumni serving in the Peace Corps in 2012 – more than schools such as Georgetown, Cornell or Notre Dame.
Volunteers commit to serving abroad for about 27 months in one of 76 host countries, working closely with local communities on projects related to agriculture, economic development, education, environment, health, and youth development.
Britt, for example, works at a public health center in Rwanda, helping with vaccinations, distributing medication to those living with HIV and AIDS, sharing information about birth control and helping maintain medical records. She lives on the clinic’s compound with other staff members – they’ve converted a storage room for her to sleep in, she says.
Byron Yee ('09, Theatre, Business-Management) was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, where he worked with local businesses, cooperatives and microlending groups on economic development projects. "I was blessed to have a wonderful host family, who were li