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Woodbridge, Connecticut Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Guinea

Woodbridge, Connecticut Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Guinea
Madeline Lovejoy

Madeline Lovejoy, 23, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guinea this month to begin training as an agroforestry volunteer.  Lovejoy will live and work in a community to increase agricultural productivity and promote natural resources management.

“I’ve always had a passion for volunteer work and exploring other countries’ customs and traditions.  The Peace Corps gives me the opportunity to combine both passions,” said Lovejoy of her desire to join the Peace Corps.

Lovejoy is the daughter of Marc and Christine Lovejoy of Woodbridge and a graduate of Amity Regional High School.  She attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 2017.  Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she volunteered at Massaro Community Farm, interned for Senator Chris Murphy, and was active in student service organizations at the University of Connecticut.

During the first three months of her service, Lovejoy will live with a host family in Guinea to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture.  After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Lovejoy will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Guinea, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

“On a personal level, I hope to see who I am without the privileges so common in the United States.  On a professional level, I have the opportunity to rise to the challenge of creating and implementing a project that hopefully serves the community well,” Lovejoy said.

Lovejoy will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Guinea and help Lovejoy develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home.  Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.

Lovejoy joins the 111 Connecticut residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 3,497 Connecticut residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

About volunteers in Guinea:  There are more than 115 volunteers in Guinea working with their communities on projects in agriculture, education, and health.  During their service in Guinea, volunteers learn to speak local languages, including French, Malinke, Pulaar and Soussou.  More than 1,670 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Guinea since the program was established in 1963.

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