Inhabitant of Sauquoit Jacques Scibior is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020. The Peace Corps suspended global operations and evacuated nearly 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From a young age, I knew I wanted to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer, especially in a Spanish-speaking country,” said Scibior. “I can’t wait to see the many ways my life will be affected by working in a country with a unique culture.”
Scibior graduated from Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She will serve as a health volunteer in Peru.
“The world is at a critical moment. The largest global vaccination effort in history is underway as other widespread health, social, political and environmental issues continue to erode the foundations of our global society. Actions taken over the next few years have the potential to fundamentally impact development trajectories for decades to come,” said Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn. “Peace Corps volunteers returning to Peru will work alongside community members to support urgent development efforts and build critical connections.
The volunteer cohorts are made up of both first-time volunteers and volunteers who were evacuated in early 2020. After completing a three-month training, volunteers will collaborate with their host communities on local priority projects in one of the six sectors of the Peace Corps – agriculture. , community economic development, education, environment, health or developing youth – and all will engage in COVID-19 response and recovery work.
On March 15, the Peace Corps welcomed the first volunteers to serve in Zambia. The agency is recruiting volunteers to serve in 24 of the agency’s 60 positions, although all positions have enthusiastically requested the return of volunteers. Peace Corps will continue to monitor COVID-19 trends in all of its host countries and will send volunteers to serve as conditions permit.
Scibior will work in collaboration with the local community and partner organizations on sustainable development projects.
About the Peace Corps: Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners, and employees driven by the agency’s global peace and friendship mission. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community members on local priority projects in education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone cross-cultural skills that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries around the world. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, instagram and Twitter.