Riverside resident begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique

Eleonore van Tulder, 21, of Riverside, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique on Aug. 30 to begin training as an education volunteer. Van Tulder will live and work in a community to teach English to secondary school students and organize education workshops with local teachers.

“I have wanted to join the Peace Corps since middle school,” said van Tulder of her desire to join the Peace Corps. “While pursuing my undergraduate degree, my professional network was filled with returned Peace Corps volunteers, who always spoke very positively about their service.

“Moreover, I always wanted to have the opportunity to teach abroad and to learn Portuguese, so being able to serve in Mozambique is the perfect option,” she added.

Van Tulder is the daughter of Pascale and Pieter van Tulder and a graduate of Greenwich High School. She attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a B.A. in international studies in May 2016. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she served as an intern at a Refugee Resettlement Center and the “American Corner” in Santiago, Chile, and as a volunteer at Arca do Saber in São Paulo, Brazil.

During the first three months of her service, van Tulder will live with a host family in Mozambique to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, van Tulder will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Mozambique, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

“I hope to become involved in development field work – specifically grant writing and public health issues – learn to live outside of my comfort zone, learn a new language, and learn to minimize my dependence on material objects,” she said.

Van Tulder will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Mozambique and help van Tulder develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.

Van Tulder joins the 110 Connecticut residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 3,380 Connecticut residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

There has never been a better time to apply to Peace Corps, and reforms have made the process simpler, faster, and more personalized than ever before. In 2014, applications reached a 22-year high for the agency, with more than 17,000 Americans taking the first step toward international service. Through a one-hour online application, applicants can now choose the countries and programs they’d like to be considered for. Browse available volunteer positions at peacecorps.gov/openings.

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