My name is John and I am a Colgate graduate of the Class of 2010. My Peace Corps journey began days after graduating when I was interviewed and eventually nominated to become a volunteer. After going through the legal, medical and dental evaluations, I was medically deferred for six months and was instructed to undergo shoulder surgery if I wanted to join the Peace Corps. Sure enough, I received the surgery and recovered back home in Baltimore. Eventually, I cleared by my doctor and then fulfilled a lifelong dream: to ski for a season out west in Alta, UT.
Having now skied 101 days and 650″ of light, fluffy Alta powder, I accepted an invitation to serve as a volunteer in Suriname. I was assigned to the Community Economic Development program, which strives to improve lives by working with government, nongovernmental organizations and individuals to transfer business knowledge, skills and abilities. The focus of the program is to build sound business practices for sustainable development, help communities organize, and work with youth to increase life skills and employability.
All in all, things worked out well and I am very excited to begin the next chapter, and adventure, in my life.