Amanda Terry, 25, of Napa, has been selected for a Peace Corps assignment in Panama, where she will work in English education. She departs Jan. 11 for her 27-month assignment.
Terry is a 2003 graduate of Justin-Siena High School and a 2007 graduate of UC, Santa Barbara, where she majored in communication. She works as a certified group fitness instructor, teaching spin classes five days a week.
“I have always had the desire to help others in many different aspects of their life, and I feel that the Peace Corps will allow me to use my skills to facilitate just that,” Terry said. “I learned about the Peace Corps while doing volunteer work in Brazil and hoped that someday I was given the opportunity to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with, and learn all about another culture for 27 months.”
In 2011, the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of international service. More than 200,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 139 countries since President John F. Kennedy established the agency in 1961. Volunteers receive many benefits, including transportation, a living stipend, medical care, graduate school opportunities, student loan deferment and more. For more information and online applications, visit peacecorps.gov.