Spotlight on Erica Brouillette: Attending Peace Corps Connect – Minneapolis 2012
By Sarah Kana on Monday, June 4th, 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.)
I served in Armenia from 2007-2009 as an Environmental Education volunteer.
I’m a military brat, so I don’t have a hometown. I’ve lived in many cities across the US and lived half of my childhood in Germany, so I traveled all over Eastern Europe with my family. The last place I was living before leaving for Peace Corps was Richmond, VA. Now I’m living in Falls Church, VA, which is located in the DC metro area.
Sinced I COSed in August 2009, I’ve gotten involved with the local community by volunteering with local nonprofits in both Richmond and Northern Virginia. It took me a while to find a job even somewhat related to my field, so I worked as a temp for a couple years (I worked four different assignments at the same place, mostly on a consecutive basis) and have recently been hired with a nonprofit association. I LOVE this new job and I couldn’t have gotten it without the great experience I gained and wonderful contacts I met at the place I temped at. Additionally, I was able to network with the nonprofits I volunteer with and that helped me get the job. That makes it all the more worthwhile.
Why Erica’s going to Minneapolis…
I’m going to the Peace Corps Connect event in Minneapolis because, as the name suggests, I want to stay connected to the Peace Corps. I recently became a member of the NPCA in December 2011 and was excited to hear about this event. I’m interested in the events offered that I signed up for, but I’m particularly intrigued by the “special event”… I hope to build connections with RPCVs and/or find RPCVs that I’ve lost track of since I returned.
I think it’s important to stay connected in order to maintain our friendships and continue to educate others together about other nationalities through Third Goal activities.