Welcome to my Peace Corps blog!
My name is Rachel, and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer working in the Community Health Sector in San Vicente, Manabi, Ecuador.
I am from northern Virginia and I went to school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. I got my bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs with a minor in Spanish, then stayed for a Master’s degree in Public Policy with an emphasis on public health and international development. I graduated in 2012, spent a year working through the Peace Corps application process and interning with Oxfam America and the Corporation for National and Community Service in DC, and finally began training to become a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador in May 2013!
If you want to read more about my reasons for wanting to become a Peace Corps Volunteer and my application process, click here.
In San Vicente, I’ll be working with the municipal government on nutrition programs, implementing community and school gardens, improving food security, and teaching sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention. I also hope to work with women and girls on themes of self esteem and empowerment to improve their education opportunities and access to reproductive health services.
I welcome any feedback on my blog, advice on teaching health-related topics, and/or Peace Corps and traveling-related stories! I’d also be happy to provide any information on Peace Corps as an organization and the application process. Please don’t hesitate to contact me!