I’m happy to announce the arrival of Ashley Burke our new Peace Corps volunteer.

Ashley arrived in Rwanda at the beginning of February following the program’s evacuation from Niger, where she had been serving as a Community Youth & Education volunteer since July 2010. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, she is off to a great start and loving life in this beautiful country. After one month of technical and language training in Nyanza, she arrived at Imbabazi on March 5th to begin her new assignment working with us. Ashley’s work will focus mainly on the academic and professional development of the kids and local staff at Imbabazi through such activities as teaching English, health & life skills, and computer classes. She also hopes to conduct small workshops at the local primary school and health clinic.
Ashley is originally from Monterey, California. She has a BA from the University of California San Diego in International Studies (focusing on political science and African studies) and an MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in International Policy Studies (focusing on human rights and justice). Before joining Peace Corps, Ashley worked at such organizations as the Asia Foundation’s conflict and governance unit in Bangkok, Thailand and Amnesty International’s Southern regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys traveling, animals, playing volleyball, and spending time at the beach.
Ashley will be at the Imbabazi until November 2010.