Kevin Dodge ’08 wrote to tell us of his experiences in Mongolia for the Peace Corps:
Greetings Brother Rice, I am a graduate of 2008 and currently serving as a Community Youth Development Volunteer in Mongolia for the Peace Corps. My journey began this past May and will continue until August 2017. My site placement is in the Tuv aimag, Erdene Soum which is roughly 1.5 hours outside the capital of Ulaanbaatar. The Soum has approximately 3000 people living here. My housing consists of a Ger, no running water, and an outhouse. These living conditions are experienced by many, but not by all.
Experiencing the unfamiliar is truly remarkable. I’m realizing now how much I took for granted back on the South Side of Chicago. I work at the Erdene Vocational Training Center which has 400 students and offers multiple trades for youth to engage in for their future careers. My work here will consist of providing life skill trainings, teaching English, organizing events, and exposing my coworkers and students to the American culture.
I am truly grateful to have this opportunity and thank Brother Rice for providing me with the necessary education and skills to embark on this chapter of my life. To all the students, staff, and families of Brother Rice: “Танд их амжилт, эрүүл энх, аз жаргал, аз хийморьтой байхыг хүсье!” (“I wish you every success, good health, happiness and good luck!”).