Troy resident begins Peace Corps service

Emily Lorek

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — Emily Lorek, 23, of Troy, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on Monday to begin training as a youth development volunteer.

Lorek will live and work at the community level to co-design and co-implement activities that focus on youth development, life skills, leadership, sexual and reproductive health, physical activity, arts, and parenting skills.

Lorek is the daughter of Wayne and Donna Lorek of Troy and a 2010 graduate of Troy High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014 from Marietta College in Marietta. She is currently enrolled in Peace Corps’ Master’s International program at the University of Montana, which allows her to simultaneously earn a master’s degree in global youth development and serve with the Peace Corps.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted to invest in service while also continuing my education,” Lorek said. “The Master’s International program through Peace Corps allows me to gain technical skills for my education and degree, while also immersing into a new culture. I’m eager to learn and work alongside a community, as we build new relationships and grow together.”

During the first three months of her service, Lorek will live with a host family in Costa Rica 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, Lorek will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Costa Rica where she will serve for two years.

Lorek will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Costa Rica and help Lorek 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.

Lorek joins the 237 Ohio residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 7,120 Ohio residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.

There are 122 volunteers in Costa Rica working with their communities on projects in youth and community development and English education. During their service in Costa Rica, volunteers learn to speak Spanish. More than 3,565 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Costa Rica since the program was established in 1963.

The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide.

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