Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:
Name: Georgina Barrera
Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
Alma Mater: CSU East Bay, Business Administration, 2009
Country of Service: Sierra Leone
Assignment: English Teacher
Departure: June 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON June 1, 2012 — Georgina Barrera, 23, of Fremont, Calif., has been accepted into the Peace Corps.
Barrera will be departing for Sierra Leone in June 2012 to begin pre-service training as an English Teacher Peace Corps volunteer.
Barrera says she was motivated to join the Peace Corps because, “Previous opportunities to serve abroad left a desire to be committed to a long-term program.”
During her first three months of service, Barrera will live with a host family in Sierra Leone to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her host country, she will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
Barrera is a 2009 graduate of CSU East Bay, where she earned a degree in Business Administration.
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.
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.
Media Contact: Melanie Forthun of Peace Corps, 206-239-6603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.