COPH Graduate Student is New USF Peace Corps Representative
Peggy Defay, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a graduate student in the College of Public Health, has been named the official representative of the Peace Corps at the University of South Florida. Peggy was born and raised in Haiti, eventually coming to the United States to finish her studies. Peggy graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in French. After college, she joined the Peace Corps where she served as a community health and HIV/AIDS prevention volunteer in Namibia.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Peggy worked with a community clinic to coordinate health education activities and to strengthen community programs for mothers, children, at-risk youth, and other community members. Peggy also developed youth and community programs that targeted individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Working with her host-country counterparts and Pediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA), she helped establish Kid’s Day, a pediatric clinic held three times a year for the children in the district where Peggy lived. Peggy’s work continues to have an impact as this event is still being held by the clinic staff and volunteers. Currently, Peggy is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in the Global Health department.
Peace Corps offers the experience of a lifetime, and comes with unique career and higher education advantages. Use your skills and knowledge to help others around the world, and bring that experience back home to benefit your career and community. Begin your path to leadership with Peace Corps. For more information about the Peace Corps, attend the upcoming information session at the USF Patel Center for Global Solutions (Room 140) on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
You can also visit blog of the Peace Corps Southeast Regional Office to read how Peace Corps Volunteers from the southeast region are making a difference overseas and to meet new Peace Corps Invitees who will soon depart for service.
You could be making a difference overseas by this time next year. Submit your application now to be considered for programs departing before September 2014!
Additionally, the USF Peace Corps Recruiting Office is seeking two dedicated students to fill leadership roles in the continuous development of this office. The roles include 2 unpaid internship positions: Office Assistant and Events Promoter. These positions are designed to assist USF’s Peace Corps Recruiter in recruitment efforts. Submit your application to the USF Peace Corps Office at the Patel Center for Global Solutions, CGS 101, or by email at email@example.com before 5pm on Monday, September 13.