Lynsey Burke, 21, of Peterborough was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Paraguay on Sept. 25 to begin training as an Agriculture and Forestry Extension volunteer. She will live and work in a community to assist where environmental issues are in conflict with basic needs for farming and income generation.
“Having heard many stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, I came to realize that Peace Corps is a program of empowerment — empowerment of the community in which volunteers are placed, as well as empowerment for the volunteers serving,” said Burke. “To support communities with sustaining, beneficial projects while also representing the United States in a positive way is, to me, a wonderful thing to be a part of.”
During the first three months of her service, Burke will live with a host family in Paraguay to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Burke will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Paraguay, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
Burke joins the 74 New Hampshire residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 1,628 New Hampshire residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
Burke is a graduate of Conval High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Durham in 2013. She is the daughter of John and Mary Pat Burke.