Alumni Profile: Kyleray Katherman

Name: Kyleray Katherman

Program: Ford Scholar, class of 2011

Undergraduate school: George Fox University

Hometown: North Bend, Oregon

I have been in Botswana since August 1, 2016. I work in the District AIDS Coordinators Office, the Social and Community Development Office, and with the District Health Management Team as a Peace Corps Volunteer in my village.  Much of the work is in organizational capacity.  I spend a majority of my time focused on HIV/AIDS and Malaria projects in the district.

I had always wanted to work in some humanitarian/development capacity!  Peace Corps had the best to offer–it has helped me to build development skills while I grow and learn new things about myself and my chosen profession. When I return to the U.S. I will resume earning my Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University.

One of the things I miss most from the U.S. is taco seasoning.  I can find it every once in a while in Botswana–but it’s not the same.  Okay, I know that seems ridiculous, I obviously miss my family and friends too, but grocery selection is not the same here.

It is incredibly encouraging to work and live with the people in my village.  They have been so welcoming and full of love and support.  Our country is facing major challenges these days–don’t give up hope–and, if you do, just remember, us Peace Corps Volunteers haven’t!