COPH Graduate Student Invited to Peace Corps Service in Guatemala
College of Public Health (COPH) graduate student Christine Meister has been invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. Christine will join six other COPH graduate students who are currently serving in the Peace Corps, including Jennifer Burges (who left for Uganda last week), Jessica Chambless (Botswana), Stephen Cormier (Cameroon), Aditi Desai (Uganda), Mezelle Moore (Mongolia), and Folashade Osibanjo (Zambia). These students are all serving as Volunteers through the Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program. The PCMI program is a unique opportunity which allows these students to carry out their graduate coursework here in Tampa and their International Field Experience or data collection for their Master’s Thesis overseas as Peace Corps Volunteers.
Peace Corps has been in Guatemala since 1963, making the program one of Peace Corps’ oldest. Currently, Peace Corps-Guatemala has over 180 Volunteers serving in the areas of Agriculture, Business Development, Municipal Development, Environment, Healthy Schools, and Healthy Homes. As a Healthy Homes Volunteer, Christine’s work will likely include community assessment, survey distribution and analysis, and program planning and evaluation all aimed at promoting healthy behaviors and improving the health status of Guatemalans.
Christine is working towards a Master of Science in Health Education in Community and Family Health and leaves for Guatemala in June. After arriving in-country, she will participate in a 10-week Pre-Service Training. During her training, Christine will live with a Guatemalan host family and will receive intensive language training, as well as training in cross-cultural communication, community integration, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills that she will need for her assignment.
For more information about the Peace Corps Master’s International program, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/learn/whyvol/eduben/mastersint/. For more specific information about the PCMI option here at the College of Public Health, visit http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/peacecorpsmi.html, where you can also find links to blogs from some of the COPH students currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers around the world.
Congratulations, Christine, and buena suerte!!!