Laura Demmel, 24, of Grant has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Moldova June 6 to begin pre-service training as an agribusiness and rural business development Peace Corps volunteer.
Upon graduation from volunteer training in September, Demmel will work with local community farmers, rural businessmen and youth in order to improve rural business opportunities and practices.
Demmel is the daughter of Dennis and Ruth Demmel and a graduate of Grant High School. She then attended The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 2009.
“Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity for me to follow my passions of service, travel and agriculture,” she said. “The organization provides all the necessary resources for me to utilize my skill set in a foreign country with a new language and culture. I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity.”
During the first three months of her service, Demmel will live with a host family in Moldova to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Demmel will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Moldova, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
“I have had such wonderful support from my family and friends,” she said. “They have encouraged me to pursue my dreams and to live purposefully, and that is what I try to do.”
While in service, she will receive all living expenses, full health and dental coverage, and a $7,425 transition fund each upon completing service. After Peace Corps, she is eligible for non-competitive federal employment advantage and Peace Corps Fellows/USA graduate programs offering financial assistance.
Demmel joins the 69 Nebraska residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 1,287 Nebraska residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
Volunteers in Moldova
More than 1,080 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Moldova since the program was established in 1993. Currently, about 120 volunteers serve in Moldova.Volunteers work in the areas of English education, health, business development, and community development. Volunteers are trained and work in Romanian and Russian.
About the Peace Corps
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.