Jamestown resident begins Peace Corps service

December 31, 2013

JAMESTOWN — Jennifer Talbott, 22, of Jamestown, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay Jan. 23 to begin training as a community health volunteer. Talbott will live and work at the community level to make a difference by working on health care projects and promoting health education.

“I had an overwhelming desire to travel the world and take on the most challenging and rewarding adventure I have yet to face,” Talbott said.

Talbott is the daughter of Anthony and Katie Talbott and a 2009 graduate of Greeneview High School in Jamestown. She graduated from the University of Chicago with her bachelor’s degree in Comparative Human Development in 2013.

“UChicago inspired in me a commitment to service in the community, a desire to learn from others, and a sense of adventure,” said Talbott, who has also served with AmeriCorps and taught English in Ecuador.

During the first three months of her service, Talbott will live with a host family in Paraguay to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, Talbott will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Paraguay where she will serve for two years.

Talbott will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Paraguay and help Talbott develop leadership, technical, and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.

“I hope to respectfully integrate into my new community and do work that will have a positive and lasting impact on others,” she said. “I hope I can help improve the health and lives of my community in Paraguay by sharing my skills and knowledge. I also desire to learn about the state of health care and medicine in Paraguay and apply those lessons to my future work as a medical care professional.”

Talbott joins the 290 Ohio residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 7,009 Ohio residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.

About Peace Corps in Paraguay: There are currently 237 volunteers in Paraguay working in the areas of agriculture, youth and community development, environment and health. During their service in Paraguay, volunteers learn to speak the local languages, including Guaraní and Spanish. More than 3,780 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Paraguay since the program was established in 1966.

About the Peace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States, enriching the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.