FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON November 30, 2012 — Amanda Walsh, 22, of Spokane, Wash., has been accepted into the Peace Corps.
Walsh will be departing for Togo in June 2013 to begin pre-service training as a English and Gender Education Peace Corps volunteer. Walsh says she was motivated to join the Peace Corps because, “I got really interested in Peace Corps my junior year of High School. I decided that I wanted to do something more than become a teacher here in the United States. The Peace Corps is doing great things around the world and I just really wanted to be part of something greater than myself.“
During her first three months of service, Walsh will live with a host family in Togo to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, she will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Togo, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
Walsh is a 2012 graduate of Gonzaga, where she earned a degree in French and International Relations. Walsh joins the 378 Washington residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 8,843 Washington residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
About Volunteers in Togo: More than 2,720 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Togo since the program was established in 1962. Currently, 88 volunteers serve in Togo. Volunteers work in the areas of education, environment, health, business and information technology. Volunteers are trained and work primarily in French, but are also trained in the following languages: Adja, Bassar, Ewe/Watchi, Gourma, Haoussa, Ifè (Ana), Kabiyé, Kotokoli, Mina and Tchokossi (Anoufo).
About Peace Corps: More than 200,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 139 countries since President John F. Kennedy established the agency in 1961. Through their service, volunteers increase awareness of America around the world and help our country gain an understanding of other cultures beyond our borders. Currently, 9,095 Peace Corps volunteers serve in 75 countries. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Volunteers live and work with a community overseas to reach goals in education, health, business, agriculture, the environment, youth development and more. Peace Corps volunteers spend their first three months of service in training, living with a host family and studying the local language and culture. Volunteers receive many benefits, including transportation, a living stipend, medical care, graduate school opportunities, student loan deferment, $7,425 upon completion and much more. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens, at least 18-years old, and in good health. There is no upper age limit and no cost to participate. For more information and online applications, please visit www.peacecorps.gov.
Peace Corps Volunteer, Togo
Class of 2012 - B.A. French & International Relations