Peace Corps @ Cal
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, 220,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 140 host countries to work on issues ranging from education to health outreach and environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as community economic development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
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Eddie Rosenbaum, Cal Peace Corps Representative
Eddie Rosenbaum, Peace Corps Regional Representative (and Cal Alum), served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 2011 to 2014.
During his service as a Community Health educator, Eddie worked on water and sanitation as well as nutrition initiatives in the eastern region of Cameroon. He worked on the construction of two wells, 4 handwashing stations and 6 community gardens. Eddie was also the President of the Diversity Committee of Peace Corps Cameroon and was the key organizer for the first Diversity Forum focused on Human Rights.
Eddie’s role as a Peace Corps Representative is to recruit qualified applicants and to build awareness of all Peace Corps programs. He works to inform students, staff, and community leadership organizations about current Peace Corps opportunities, is responsible for guiding applicants in how to become more competitive, and he helps set expectations for volunteer selection and service.
“The Peace Corps was a great way for me to apply all the theories of development I learned at Cal into three years of international community development experience. It was humbling to be exposed to an entirely new culture, be put to the test and be challenged every day. Working in Cameroon was always an adventure and my perceptions of strength and determination have been shaped by the local environment. I now feel like Cameroon is another home and I have developed friends and relationships that will really last a lifetime. I am amazed at the network Peace Corps becomes in your life, an experience that I am so grateful and fortunate for.”- Eddie on his Peace Corps Service
Eddie welcomes inquiries and referrals from the university community. He encourages you to attend his weekly office hours in the College of Natural Resources and attend a general information session, a schedule of which you will find in the calendar link above. He encourages you to visit the Peace Corps website to help guide any questions you bring to his office hours. Eddie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (510-452-8452) to schedule informational interviews or to review resumes.