BIG SHOT: Elverson resident to begin Peace Corps service in Macedonia

Paige Gibbons

Paige Gibbons, a Parkside resident in Elverson, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Macedonia on Sept. 12 to begin training as a volunteer. Paige will live with a host family and will serve in the education program, teaching students English as a Second Language.

During the first three months of her service, Paige will live with a host family in Macedonia to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, she will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Macedonia where she will serve for two years as well as live with a new host family.

Being offered the opportunity to serve those in need while learning a new culture and language is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is a chance for me to discover who I am while impacting the lives of my new host community. Although I may not change the world, knowing my service impacted at least one person will make it all worthwhile. I am beyond excited to know that I will be dedicating the next two years to helping those around me, said Paige.

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Paige graduated from Twin Valley High School in 2010 and on May 10, 2014 graduated with honors from Saint Vincent College with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.

Although this is an amazing opportunity, it is a volunteer program. As a recent college graduate, her private loans cannot be deferred. If you would like to offer financial assistance, please contact Paige at paigegibbons@gmail.com.