Oswego Service Projects Sparked Fire for Volunteering in Peace Corps Worker

Shannon Linehan ’10 has returned from a 27-month long journey to Zambia, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer under the Rural Education Development Program.

While in the Peace Corps, Linehan taught eighth and ninth-grade English, established a secure and functioning community preschool and created a Parent-Teacher Association. She also coordinated a pen-pal exchange project with an eighth-grade classroom in Zambia and a school in northern California where students were encouraged to practice their writing skills and exchange cultural perspectives.

She planned and held weekly sessions of Girls Leading Our World (G.L.O.W.) club, an empowerment organization focusing on leadership, confidence and decision making. Linehan wrote and received a grant to fund a weeklong session of Camp G.L.O.W.

Linehan says she found inspiration at Oswego after involving herself with the alternative spring and winter break program through the Office of Service Learning and Community Service.

“I feel like I owe so much of my starting point to these programs at Oswego,” Linehan said.

-Brittany Hoffmann ’14

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