Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014 – Frances Edwards, 22, of Wilmington, N.C., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departs today for the Dominican Republic. Edwards will begin training as a community economic development volunteer.
“Traveling and experiencing a new culture is my ultimate passion,” said Edwards. “I researched post-grad opportunities at a career fair and found Peace Corps very intriguing. After research and talking to returned Peace Corps Volunteers, I discovered that Peace Corps is a perfect opportunity for myself. It is great way to be involved in helping others, as well as an amazing life altering experience that will benefit me as an individual.”
Edwards is the son of Les and Suzanne Edwards and a graduate of New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C. He attended Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He has also worked as a leasing agent at Wilmington Realty.
“Meredith College offered many study abroad opportunities that I took full advantage of,” Edwards said. “After careful thought and research, along with guidance from Meredith College administrators, I found that my next step after graduation was Peace Corps.”
During the first three months of his service, Edwards will live with a host family in the Dominican Republic to learn Spanish and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help him make a difference, Edwards will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in the Dominican Republic where he will serve for two years.
Edwards will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in the Dominican Republic and help Edwards 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 to achieve many goals, personal and professional, as a Peace Corps Volunteer,” Edwards continued. “The community economic development sector will allow me to utilize skills and knowledge I have acquired from school. I hope to effectively and efficiently demonstrate these skills to help better the communities of the Dominican Republic. With the opportunity to reach out to families and individuals to enhance their financial decision making skills, I know this hands on experience will increase my understanding of economics and business administration. I hope to bring back to the U.S. a worldly view of international business, and to be an asset in the American workforce.”
Edwards joins 153 North Carolina residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 4,054 North Carolina residents have served in the Peace Corps since its establishment in 1961.
About Peace Corps/Dominican Republic: There are currently 185 volunteers in the Dominican Republic working in the areas of community economic development, health, education and environment. During their service in the Dominican Republic, volunteers learn to speak the local languages, including Spanish and basic Haitian Kreyol. More than 4,390 Peace Corps volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic since the program was established in 1962.