Sara Klotz, 23, of Vacaville, Calif., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco in January to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Klotz will live and work at the community level to make a difference by working with and educating Moroccan youth.
Klotz is the daughter of Jane and Don Klotz and a graduate of Vacaville High School in Vacaville, Calif. She then attended Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012. She has also worked at One Day’s Wages, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable humanitarian relief, and as an AmeriCorps volunteer.
During the first three months of her service, Klotz will live with a host family in Morocco to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will her make a lasting difference, Klotz will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Morocco where she will serve for two years.
Klotz will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Morocco and help Klotz develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
Klotz joins 1,084 California residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 28,422 California residents have served in the Peace Corps since its establishment in 1961.
About Peace Corps in Morocco: There are currently 215 volunteers in Morocco working in the area of youth in development. While in Morocco, volunteers learn to speak the local languages, including: Darisha, Tamazight and Tashelheet. More than 4,625 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Morocco since the program was established in 1963.
About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit http://www.peacecorps.gov for more information.