Neuqua Valley graduate Jeffrey Bart will depart for Ghana on Feb. 4 with the Peace Corps. Read the full release below.
Jeffrey Bart, 23, of Naperville, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana Feb. 4 to begin training as a health, water, and sanitation volunteer. Bart will make a difference by building community resources and improving water, sanitation, and health standards in rural communities through hygiene education.
“I first learned about the Peace Corps from a substitute teacher I had one day in high school who was getting ready to serve in the Peace Corps,” Bart said. “I don't remember who she was or where she was going, but since then I've always found the idea fascinating.”
Bart is the son of Tom and Carol Bart of Whitehall, Mich., and a 2009 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill. He then attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where he earned a bachelor’s in corporate communication in 2013. At Purdue, Bart was a columnist for the student newspaper, the Purdue Exponent.
“Your college years can be very selfish years. This helped me think about how to apply the skills learned in classes, at work, or through other activities in the best way possible,” Bart said. “Plus, I never wanted to graduate and go straight to an entry-level job. Volunteering in the Peace Corps seemed like a great fit that matched my ideals and could help launch my career after coming home.”
During the first three months of his service, Bart will live with a host family in Ghana to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help him make a lasting difference, Bart will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Ghana where he will serve for two years.
Bart will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Ghana and help Bart develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give him a competitive edge when he returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
“I hope my Peace Corps service shows me how to choose a career that fits my values, that I won't consider work, and that helps make the world a little better,” Bart said.
Bart joins the 300 Illinois residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 8,302 Illinois residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.
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