Genoa City resident joins the Peace Corps

(Published August 14, 2006, 10:10 a.m.)

Sara Therese Miller, the daughter of Pat and Denise Miller of Genoa City, has been accepted into the Peace Corps.

Miller will be departing for Senegal on Sept. 21 to become an agricultural volunteer. Miller's work will include working with the local farmers to implement activities that will increase agricultural production and crop yield through introduction of more appropriate seed varieties and improved cultivation techniques.

A graduate of Badger High School, she attended UW-La Crosse and earned a bachelor of science degree in archaeology in 2005. Miller previously worked volunteering at the archaeological lab at school, teaching the kids during vacation Bible school at her church, and working with a landscaping and maintenance company.

Miller joined the Peace Corps because she enjoys making friends and deepening her knowledge of other cultures. She thinks that Peace Corps is the perfect opportunity to rise as a leader and make a number of new friends.

During the first three months of her service, Miller will live with a host family in Senegal to become fully immersed in the country's language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Miller will serve for two years in her host community, living at the same level as the local people.

The Peace Corps began work in Senegal in 1963, and since then, over 2,500 volunteers have worked in that country. Volunteers focus their efforts in the areas of agriculture, business development, environment, and health. Volunteers train health-care workers in disease prevention, work to create sustainable agricultural techniques, teach environmental awareness, and help to develop effective marketing information systems and improve organizational and financial management practices for small businesses. Currently 145 Peace Corps Volunteers currently serve in Senegal.

The Peace Corps is celebrating a 45-year legacy of service at home and abroad, and a 30-year high for volunteers in the field. Since 1961, more than 182,000 volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 138 countries where volunteers have served. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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