Archive for Wednesday, June 3, 2009

THS grad joins Peace Corps, prepares for Fiji

June 3, 2009

A Tonganoxie High School and Kansas State University graduate is now on her way to Fiji after being accepted into the Peace Corps.

Melissa Kay Moss, 25, departed for Nicaragua on May 14, to begin pre-service training as a health promotions Peace Corps Volunteer. After completing her training, Moss will be heading to Fiji, where her work will include increasing health knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead to healthier lifestyle choices.

“I have always been interested in the Peace Corps,” Moss said. “I love learning about other cultures and have a passion for helping people. I have always wanted to help those whose government doesn’t have the resources to do so. I have spent a year of serving in the U.S. and now I want to go abroad.”

During the first three months of her service, Moss will live with a host family in Fiji to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Moss will serve for two years in Fiji, living in a manner similar to people in her host country.

Moss joins the 100 Kansas residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 1,529 Kansas residents have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

Over 2,199 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Fiji since the program was established in 1968. The program was briefly closed in 1998, re-opening in 2004. Volunteers in this Pacific nation work in the areas of health, water sanitation and hygiene promotion, environmental and agricultural conservation, and business development. Currently, 57 Volunteers are serving in Fiji.

Moss is the daughter of Dean and Melanie Moss. In 2007, Moss earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and international studies from K-State. Moss previously worked in the Americorps Vista Kansas Public Health Association and was senior phlebotomist at ZLB Plasma Services.


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