Jenna Wes of Seattle Selected for Health Assignment in Rwanda

NAME: Jenna Wes
AGE: 25
HOMETOWN: Seattle, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: Interlake High School (Bellevue, Wash.)
ALMA MATER: The Evergreen State College, Class of 2010 (Social Psychology & Justice)

COUNTRY INFO: 90 PCVs currently serving; 209 PCVs since 1975
ASSIGNMENT: Community Health

YOUR PEACE CORPS WORK WILL INCLUDE: I will be working to empower youth in my community, particularly young women, in developing assertiveness and life skills. I will also be educating and advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and care in the country.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER? Being an American, it is my privilege to join the Peace Corps. Being a world citizen, it is my duty. Originally from South Africa, I was exposed to the worlds’ social injustices at a very early age. Immigrating to America, I was given a voice. It didn’t take long for me to decide that I wanted to be a voice for those who were silenced, and that I would devote my life to peace and justice. Joining the Peace Corps seemed to be the obvious first step, and a crucial ingredient to becoming an effective change agent.

OTHER PERSONAL INFO: I am passionate about human rights, economic, social, and gender equality. Previously, I have worked with Amnesty International and “The Coalition Against Sexual Violence.”

In 2011, the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of international service. 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, 8,655 Peace Corps volunteers serve in 77 countries – the largest number of volunteers in 40 years.

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. Apply online.

For more information and online applications, please visit


Media Contact: Max Shipley of Peace Corps, 206.239.6617 or

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