Mount Student Prepares for Departure to Milawi after Acceptance into Peace Corps; Northeast Region named #1 Nationally

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (Mount Saint Mary College) – December 2012 – For interdisciplinary/international studies major Megan Rossi of Massapequa, N.Y., graduation this month will mark the end of her time at Mount Saint Mary College, and the beginning of her time as a student of world culture in the Peace Corps.

Scheduled to leave for Malawi in Africa on March 5, 2013, Rossi has committed to a 27-month stay. After a nine-week training period learning the local language and other basics, the Mount graduate will spend her time educating the people of Malawi about public health topics. When asked where she would like to be assigned, Rossi did not hesitate: “There’s always been a place in my heart for Africa,” she said. Rossi is looking forward to learning about Malawi cultures and sharing her experiences when she returns to the United States. Rossi knew she wanted to join the Peace Corps since she was a child. The experience will combine her love of travel with her desire to improve people’s lives. “I’m very committed to doing this,” she said. “I want it with all my heart. I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

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Great news locally, and cheers! to the New York regional Peace Corps office following an announcement out of Washington D.C. naming the greater New York City area the number one Peace Corps volunteer-producing region in the nation. Three-hundred-forty-five (345) currently-serving Peace Corps volunteers call the region which includes New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey home. New York State, meanwhile, is ranked as the number two producing state in the nation, with 448 state residents currently serving as volunteers.  Ithaca, N.Y. is also nationally ranked for per capita volunteer production.

“The Northeast has a culture of involvement and community engagement, so we are always well represented in Peace Corps service worldwide,” said Northeast Regional Office Manager Brian Melman. “This year, more than 1,500 residents of the Northeast region are serving overseas, gaining leadership skills and tangible benefits while making a difference for those in need.  Residents interested in working with communities in 76 nations to address changing and complex needs in education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment should contact the Northeast Regional Office for additional information.” Historically, New York State has produced 12,863 Peace Corps volunteers who have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served. The Northeast regional recruiting office serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and Peace Corps recruiters work locally throughout the region. To see the full list Peace Corps Top States and Metro Regions, visit the Peace Corps website. Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who are prepared for the challenge of public service overseas. Volunteers return home as global citizens with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them well for advanced education and professional opportunities in today’s global job market.

About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information. Press releases by Mount Saint Mary College and Peace Corps Edited by L.S.