A 2013 Goddard High School graduate will serve as a teacher with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years.
Anisha Suri is already in the African nation for training and will begin her teaching assignment in September. Her initial orientation is occurring in the capital city of Addis Ababa, but she will soon travel to a training site for three months and then be assigned to a school, where she will teach high school English.
“Although I have only been in the country for a few days, my experiences have been wonderful so far,” said Suri. “I have 39 fellow volunteers who have been so great to get to know and go through this very stressful and sometimes overwhelming process together. All of the Peace Corps staff have been so welcoming and supportive. I am also really looking forward to moving into a more rural village setting and meeting my host family. Not to mention the amazing food! I am truly looking forward to this experience and am so excited to finally be here in this country.”
In May, Suri graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and global studies. She intends to pursue a law degree following her Peace Corps service, she said.
Suri previously served as an advocacy intern with the Peace Corps in its Washington D.C., office, meeting with congressional staff to inform them about Peace Corps activities and working with returned volunteers. She wrote in a Peace Corps news release that the internship led her to apply to serve with the agency overseas.
“Through my work and through the countless stories of service I was exposed to, I was motivated to apply to this unique organization in order to be a part of something proven to be truly meaningful and life changing,” she wrote.
Suri is the daughter of Anjali and Deepak Suri and the sister of Natasha Suri. While at Goddard High, she was active in soccer and tennis and was a pianist who participated in competitions. She volunteered with the Assisteens and the Down Syndrome Foundation and completed an internship with the Fifth District Attorney’s Office.
In 2012, she received the Girls Scouts Gold Award.
At the University of Texas, she volunteered for the Texas Royals and did internships with Annie’s List and USAID (the U.S. Agency for International Development).
From across the ocean, she wrote her thanks to her parents.
“Just want to give a huge shout-out to my wonderful parents for being so supportive during this process,” she wrote. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
Created in 1961, the Peace Corps is an agency of the U.S. government that has sent more than 225,000 people overseas during the past five decades to more than 141 countries. The group currently works with 65 nations.
The goal of the agency is to promote world peace and alliances among nations, with U.S. citizens serving as informal diplomats as they help train and educate young men and women in developing nations.
According to the Peace Corps Press Office, 45 native New Mexicans served in the Peace Corps in 2016. The largest enrollment was from California, which had 916 volunteers last year.
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