Newly joined Peace Corps volunteer Caitlin Koski ’15 to serve in Tanzania

Alumni,

Using the bedrock skills she learned as an equestrian facility management major, alumna Caitlin Koski ’15 will live and work in Tanzania to promote sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. She will depart from her native Martinsburg, West Virginia to begin her Peace Corps service on February 5, 2018.

For the first three months of her service, Koski will live with a host family in Tanzania as she becomes fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. Then, she will be sworn into service and assigned to a community, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

As an agricultural economics volunteer, Koski will strive to raise awareness of and engage community members in local agricultural initiatives, such as improving crop production, post-harvest management and vegetable gardening, animal husbandry, water conservation and management, tree planting and small scale income-generating projects. She will also conduct agriculture education programs for youths and other different community groups.

Her placement marks a fresh chapter in a service-oriented career. Koski has also worked with her local and collegiate chapters of the 4H Club, the Hedgesville Future Farmers of America, Relay for Life, YMCA in Hagerstown, Maryland and the Antietam Recreation Summer Day Camp in Hagerstown, Maryland.

In the Peace Corps, Koski will cooperate with local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Tanzania. She will grow her leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills and return to the U.S. prepared to advance our communities.

Her commitment fulfills the mission of Lake Erie College: guided by hope and care, our students are empowered to lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens. We wish Caitlin Koski a safe and rewarding experience for the duration of her service.

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