My name is Jenni and I am a Korean-American who lived in Mongolia. I left the States in 2015 to serve as a Education volunteer with the Peace Corps. I spent just over two years living and working in the provincial capital of Ovorhangay province (center mustard yellow piece on the map below). I loved my time there and this blog captures the good, the weird, and the not-so-amazing parts of it all.
I finished my service in July 2017, went back home, and started applying to grad programs. Starting in the fall of 2018, I will be pursuing my Master’s in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I love what I did in Peace Corps so much that I’ve decided to make a career out of it!
What I did in the years leading up to Peace Corps…
In the year before Peace Corps, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in Washington D.C. I worked mostly at the foundation office as a graphic designer and communications specialist, but also carved out some time to work on projects with school staff and students. Before AmeriCorps, I was involved with the Student Conservation Association first as an summer intern in Missoula, Montana and then as a crew leader in D.C. Both were awesome experiences and going back to live in Montana has become one of my life dreams. I also had the privilege of interning/working at the Arlington Arts Center, a super cool arts education nonprofit in the heart of Arlington, Virginia. I graduated from Emory University with a degree in English in 2012. As much as I loved Emory, I spent nearly half my undergraduate life abroad in Ireland (one year) and England (one semester). I am pretty sure that my time in Europe was when I started to seriously think about joining Peace Corps one day.
Here’s my LinkedIn page for those who may be professionally inclined.
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