Serving in the Peace Corps has proven to be a rewarding experience for Anata “Scooter” Walsh ’09. Originally from Urbana, Ill., Walsh has been in Mozambique for several years, first teaching math and English, and then taking on more administrative roles — planning budgets, overseeing training and coordinating implementation of a malaria prevention initiative.
“Bowdoin’s commitment to the Common Good definitely helped solidify the desire I have always had to join the Peace Corps,” says Walsh. “I would recommend Peace Corps to all interested people, it has been a defining experience in my life, and the past three years have been incredible. My recommendation to interested people is to begin the application process early, as it often takes more than a year.”
Bowdoin currently has nine alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, reports Elizabeth Chamberlain with the Peace Corps Northeast Regional Office. Since 1961, she says 253 Bowdoin graduates have served in the Peace Corps.