Two recruiters from the U.S. Peace Corps will be visiting the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff through Friday, March 9.
Natalie Felton and Dwayne Matthews, Peace Corps diversity recruiters, will speak to students about Peace Corps volunteer positions and other opportunities.
“The Peace Corps enables recent university graduates and experienced professionals to work in volunteer positions overseas. Volunteers play a vital role in helping low-income communities across the globe achieve various development goals,” according to a news release.
Officials began their visit at UAPB on March 7 where students were offered a chance to learn general information about Peace Corps volunteer opportunities at the Spring Career Day and Teacher Education Fair.
On Thursday, March 8, the recruiters will host additional one-on-one informational sessions for interested students at the UAPB Office of International Programs and Studies (OIPS) in the Holiday Hall Lobby. Students can visit with recruiters from 9-10:45 a.m. or from 1:30-4 p.m.
From 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the recruiters will host a general information session in the auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building. Students will learn about two programs designed for undergraduate university students, the Campus Ambassadors and the Peace Corps Prep Program. All UAPB students are invited to attend this session.
On Friday, March 9, the recruiters will attend the 62nd Rural Life Conference at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. They will share information about volunteer positions related to agriculture. The conference registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the opening session scheduled for 8:45 a.m.
Felton and Matthews will also provide advice to UAPB’s Peace Corps Prep coordinators on ways to grow and strengthen the recently-established program at UAPB. They will consult with Pamela Moore, associate dean for global engagement for OIPS, on UAPB’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about global issues, according to a news release.
“Felton began her volunteer service for the Peace Corps in the Republic of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, where she worked from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, she returned to her hometown of Chicago, Illinois, where she joined the U.S Peace Corps Agency as a diversity recruiter,” according to a news release.
“Matthews, who earned a master’s degree in community and economic development from the University of Central Arkansas, served as a community health advisor for the Peace Corps in the southeast African country of Malawi from 2013 to 2015. He started working as a Peace Corps diversity recruiter in the Washington D.C. metro area in 2015,” according to a news release.