Connor Kasch, 23, was acceptedConnor Kasch, 23, was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Myanmar on January 23 to begin training as a secondary education English volunteer. Connor is currently living and working in a community to teach English to middle and high school students in small cities and townships in Myanmar.

“As an international studies major and Russian language minor, I have always been interested in working abroad,” Kasch said. “The Peace Corps presented itself as a great opportunity to explore a new part of the world while both supporting cultural diplomacy and helpingkids with their education.”

Kasch is the daughter of Jennifer and Brian Kasch and a graduate of Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. She then attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota,where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations in 2017. “My high school really emphasized the value of giving back to the community(both local and global)and I think I am just learning now how important that is to me,” Kasch said.

During the first three months of her service, Kasch has been living with a host family in Myanmar to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. Once she’s acquired the necessary skills to assist her community, Kasch will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Myanmar, where she will live and work for two years with the local people. In addition to teaching students, Kasch will train local teachers on English language proficiency,producing teaching aids, lesson planning, classroom management, and various language-teaching methodologies.

“Personally, I hope to grow as a teacher and make connections with my students and coworkers,” Kasch said. “Following my service,I am interested in attending graduate school for public policy or international affairs and perhaps enter the Foreign Service.”

Kasch will also work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Myanmar. 

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