Leah Turner, 23, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga on August 29 to begin training as an Education Volunteer. Leah will live and work in a community to teach English to elementary and middle school students in Tonga.
“I have always wanted to work for a grassroots organization, and I felt that the Peace Corps was the best way to get started,” said Leah of her desire to join the Peace Corps. “I also love the fact that I am helping not only to serve my community, but by doing this I am also serving the U.S.”
Leah is a graduate of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then attended Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history in May 2016. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation.
During the first three months of her service, Leah will live with a host family in Tonga to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Leah will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Tonga, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
“I lived in New Zealand for six months and fell in love with life there in the South Pacific,” Leah said. “I am so excited to get to know both those who I’ll be serving with and those I’ll be teaching and living with.”
Leah will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Tonga and help Leah 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.
Turner joins the 286 Pennsylvania residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 8,049 Pennsylvania residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
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