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The Auburn University Office of International Programs has partnered with the Peace Corps to bring the first dedicated recruiter for the international development program to the state of Alabama.
The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 140 countries with more than 220,000 current and returned volunteers. Since Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, Auburn has produced more than 300 volunteers.
Amanda grew up and graduated high school in Murfreesboro, TN. In 2004 she moved to Alabama to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education from Auburn University. She graduated in 2008 and began teaching 9th and later 10th grade English at Beauregard High School.
In 2011, Amanda began her application process with the United States Peace Corps and was invited to serve in Burkina Faso in 2012. Though her official invitation stated she would be a non-formal girls’ education volunteer, Amanda taught English as a Second Language, served on the Community Health and AIDS Taskforce and Peer Support and Diversity Network, helped organize and facilitate two youth camps, and led several health awareness projects.
After completing her service in 2014, Amanda earned a TEFL certification from the International TEFL Academy’s Nicaragua campus, and stayed for a year teaching English at a private international school, as well as leading classes for adults in the evenings and on weekends. Amanda also worked for the ITA Nicaragua school as a practicum observer for student teachers.
Amanda is currently serving as a Peace Corps regional recruiter at Auburn University and will pursue a graduate degree later this year.
Last Updated: May 10, 2016