Skip to main content
Skip to main content

CHHS News

FACS Graduate Begins Peace Corps Service in South Africa

FACS Graduate Begins Peace Corps Service in South Africa

*Original story available on WKU News. Please visit  https://wkunews.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/peacecorps-wellington/ to be taken directly to the story.

Katie Wellington, a WKU graduate from Indianapolis, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for South Africa on Jan. 20 to begin training as a health volunteer. Wellington will live and work at the community level to make a difference raising awareness about the need for education. She will organize projects dedicated to issues such as maternal and child health, basic nutrition, sanitation, oral re-hydration therapy, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

 “As a registered dietitian, I will be working with the people of South Africa as a health volunteer with our primary goal to combat malnutrition and the HIV/AIDS endemic that plagues the country’s people,” Wellington said.

Wellington, 27, is a 2005 graduate of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and she earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management nutrition and dietetics in 2009 from WKU. She also completed a dietetic internship in 2010 at Ball State University and a pediatric nutrition fellowship in 2012 at Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis. Prior to Peace Corps, Wellington worked as a registered dietitian.

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

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

There has never been a better time to apply to Peace Corps, and reforms have made the process simpler, faster, and more personalized than ever before. In 2014, applications reached a 22-year high for the agency, with more than 17,000 Americans taking the first step toward international service. Through a one-hour online application, applicants can now choose the countries and programs they’d like to be considered for. Browse available volunteer positions at www.peacecorps.gov/openings.

About Peace Corps/South Africa: There are 127 volunteers in South Africa working with their communities on projects in education and health. During their service in South Africa, volunteers learn to speak local languages, including: Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiZulu, Northern Sotho, Sepedi, Setswana, siSwati, Venda, XiTsongo, and Xhosa. More than 1,285 Peace Corps volunteers have served in South Africa since the program was established in 1997.

About the Peace Corps: 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. For information, visit www.peacecorps.gov.

Contact: Heather Mangan, (312) 353-1126 or hmangan@peacecorps.gov

Katie Wellington

Katie Wellington (right), a 2009 WKU graduate, will be working in South Africa as volunteer for the Peace Corps.

Categories
All Categories  Now Viewing Category: All
April 2016 ICYMI
Archived CHHS News
CHHS April 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS April 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS April 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS April 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS August 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS August 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS August 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS August 2016 E-Newsletter
CHHS August 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS December 2011 E-Newsletter
CHHS December 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS December 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS December 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS December 2016 E-Newsletter
CHHS February 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS February 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS February 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS February 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS February 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS January 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS January 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS January 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS January 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS July 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS July 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS July 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS July 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS July 2016 E-Newsletter
CHHS July 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS June 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS June 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS June 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS March 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS March 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS March 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS May 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS May 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS May 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS May 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS May/June 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS November 2011 E-Newsletter
CHHS November 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS November 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS November 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS November 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS November 2016 E-Newsletter
CHHS October 2011 E-Newsletter
CHHS October 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS October 2013 E-Newsletter
CHHS October 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS October 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS October 2016 E-Newsletter
CHHS October 2017 E-Newsletter
CHHS September 2012 E-Newsletter
CHHS September 2014 E-Newsletter
CHHS September 2015 E-Newsletter
CHHS September 2016 E-Newsletter
CHHS September 2017 E-Newsletter
December 2015 ICYMI
February 2016 ICYMI
January 2016 ICYMI
JUNE 2016 ICYMI
March 2016 ICYMI
MAY 2016 ICYMI
CHHS September 2011 E-Newsletter
CHHS August 2011 E-Newsletter
CHHS July 2011 E-Newsletter
CHHS June 2011 E-Newsletter
CHHS May 2011 E-Newsletter
Latest Headlines
WKU Recreation Administration Program Hosts River Clean-Up
WKU Interior Design Students Participate in IIDA 6th Biennial Product Runway Style Fashion Show
WKU Department of Public Health has new Publication in Science Direct

Our WKU Department of Public Health has a new publication in Science Direct! Ethan Given, a graduate of our Masters in Public Health (MPH) program is second author in publication.

Featured Articles

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 9/25/14