MACON – Mercer University senior Angela Lent was recently selected to serve in the Peace Corps teaching secondary math in Guinea beginning in July.
Lent, from Seabrook, New Hampshire, is majoring in global development studies with a minor in business administration. She hopes to pursue a career in community development or social work through either graduate school or a full-time position following her Peace Corps service.
Lent will teach math, and possibly also English, to 11th- and 12th-grade students in Guinea. Additionally, she will collaborate with fellow educators to discuss the current state of education in the country and incorporate gender awareness into her community development work, seeking to provide education and empowerment to local girls.
“I am thrilled and extremely grateful to have been offered this opportunity,” said Lent. “I hope to expand my worldview and collaboratively create meaningful community development. Living in Guinea for two years will allow me to gain teaching experience and sharpen my French-speaking skills, but, more importantly, I look forward to meeting and spending time with Guineans and exploring the land. I truly value the honest relationships I make in life, and I very much look forward to that aspect in Guinea.”
Lent enjoys volunteering with Macon’s Fuller Center for House, riding her bicycle, playing recreational volleyball, cooking with friends and walking her roommate’s dog around Macon.
“Two years ago, Angela came to see me to ask about the Global Development Studies program I was working on introducing. She wondered whether the major would be the right choice for her, and after a few minutes of talking with her, I knew the program is the right fit,” said Dr. Eimad Houry, professor and chair of international and global studies. “Angela proceeded to declare a major in global development, completed an internship in South Africa, and is now preparing to work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea. I am very happy that she found her calling in life, and I am confident she will do a wonderful job.”
The Peace Corps, established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, is a volunteer program administered by the U.S. government to send the best and brightest Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. To date, more than 225,000 Americans have served in 141 countries. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov.