Liz Haight, of Hilton Head, S.C., was a Peace Corps Health Extension Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from August 2012 to October 2014. She graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish in 2010. Why would she reccomend Peace Corps? Because Volunteers “serve,” not “help.” Haight was one of the 2 Wake Forest alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 211 Demon Deacons have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. Will you be number 212?
Q: What are some of your notable projects?
A: As a Healthy Communities Volunteer, my two main projects are to train and organize volunteer health promoters and youth groups in sexual and reproductive health. My main focuses have turned out to be family planning and HIV prevention. My secondary project includes a girls’ group and an income generation project with the health promoter groups.
Q: How did Wake Forest prepare you for Peace Corps?
A: Pro Humanitate, ya’ll! My coursework and extracurricular activities helped me hone my interest in pro humanitate endeavors, but it was a Wake Forest summer service-learning course in Nicaragua that clinched it for me. After that I was determined to work in community development.
Q: Would you recommend Peace Corps to other WFU students?
A: Peace Corps service is what you make it. For me, it has been a great adventure and learning experience in development. What makes Peace Corps unique is that you live with your community. The key to the Peace Corps methodology is solidarity; throwing your lot in with someone else.
“Peace Corps volunteers ‘serve,’ not ‘help.’ Help denotes a paternalistic idea that we know what is best. PCVs work with community partners to determine what should be done and how. Without their help, PCVs cannot accomplish anything.”
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. Explore job openings in the Dominican Republic.