Spotlight on Gail Hughes: Attending Peace Corps Connect – Minneapolis 2012
By Sarah Kana on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
In the lead-up to Peace Corps Connect: Minneapolis 2012 — our first annual gathering for the Peace Corps Community — we’re featuring a few Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVS) who’ll be attending this exciting event. (Check out the schedule here.)
Gail Hughes taught English at Masentle and Bereng secondary schools in Mafeteng, Lesotho, 1970-1972. “My Peace Corps experience was (like for probably every Peace Corps Volunteer) a defining event in my life!”, she says. Gail has been living in Minneapolis since her return from serving in the Peace Corps.
“Although I taught high school English for a year in Portland, Oregon before joining the Peace Corps, the market for teachers had plummeted and I couldn’t get my old job back. I decided to go to graduate school upon my return, and have basically been here ever since.”
Gail served as a Program Evaluator with the Minnesota Community Colleges, then taught Sociology, Interdisciplinary Social Science, and Global Studies at St. Cloud State University. “At present, I’m advising doctoral students and teaching “International and Multicultural Perspectives in Adult Ed” through Capella University (an online University).”
Why Gail’s Coming to Minneapolis
“It’s important to me to keep in touch with RPCVs to keep abreast of what’s happening in the countries of service, and also because I know that I will find like-minded people with whom to share ideas. I look forward to the conference!”