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Sectors and Advisors



Health Volunteers work with their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation. Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs.

Health Sector Advisor:

Nichole Lasich
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Community and Environmental Health
Office: Health Sciences Riverside (HSRV) 114
Telephone: (208) 426-3912

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Education Volunteers serve in the largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents, and communities. They may work in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schools, teaching subjects such as math, science, or conversational English. They may also work as resource teachers or teacher trainers.

Education Sector Advisor:

Dr. Michael Humphrey
Associate Professor and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Department of Early and Special Education
Office: Education Building, Room 230
Telephone: (208) 426-2801

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Youth in Development

Volunteers work with youth in communities to promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sports and fitness programs, and information technology.

Youth in Development Advisor:

Dr. Sharon Paterson
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Telephone: (208) 426-3406

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Agriculture volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil.

Agriculture Advisor:

Dr. Rebecca Som Castellano
Assistant Professor
Office: Riverfront Hall 213-D
Telephone: (208) 426-3418

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Volunteers lead grassroots efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in schools and to local organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about how to conserve the local environment. Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of natural resources.

Environment Advisor:

Dr. Dale Stephenson
Professor and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Office: Health Sciences Riverside (HSRV)
Telephone: (208) 426-3795

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Community Economic Development

Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to encourage economic opportunities in communities. They frequently teach in classroom settings and work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products. Some volunteers teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies that connect them to the global marketplace.

Community Economic Development Advisor:

Jack Marr
Clinical Associate Professor
Office: MBEB 2104
Telephone: (208) 426-7410

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Engineering Students

Engineering students testing water

Engineering students interested in Peace Corps Prep can apply their skills in any sector in which Peace Corps serves. Students professionally trained as engineers are highly valued in the communities in which they serve. Engineering students will utilize Professor Casey Cline from the Department of Construction Management as their advisor. It is important to note, Engineering is not a sector in the Peace Corps, however, Peace Corps Prep would like to provide specialized sector guidance and advice to our Engineering students so that they may best identify the sector they wish to serve in.

Engineering Students Peace Corps Prep Advisor:

Dr. Casey Cline
Associate Professor and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Office: ENGR 301B
Telephone: (208) 841-3343


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