Campus / News / February 13, 2013

Knox graduate Shruti Patel shares her experiences in Peace Corps

Recent graduate Shruti Patel ‘11 has been keeping busy during her first year as a Peace Corps volunteer, as she is developing a special education

A student looks on as Shruti Patel '11 talks about her service with the Peace Corps via a Skype conference Monday, Feb. 11 in Ferris Lounge. Patel is a Peace Corps volunteer in Grenada, an island nation in the West Indies, where she is developing an elementary special education program, teaching dance and running a camp designed for girls' empowerment. (Charlie Gorney/TKS)

A student looks on as Shruti Patel ’11 talks about her service with the Peace Corps via a Skype conference Monday, Feb. 11 in Ferris Lounge. Patel is a Peace Corps volunteer in Grenada, an island nation in the West Indies, where she is developing an elementary special education program, teaching dance and running a camp designed for girls’ empowerment. (Charlie Gorney/TKS)

program, promoting sexual health among girls and teaching dance.

Patel, who is spending two years as a volunteer on the island nation of Grenada in the West Indies, spoke Monday afternoon to a small group of faculty, staff and students involved with the Peace Corps Prep Program, describing her experiences thus far via a Skype call.

Patel emphasized the freedom she is given to start programs based on the needs of a particular community.

“A lot of what you do in Peace Corps just depends on what you encounter in the community, what the community wants and also what your interests are,” Patel said. “It’s very easy to get overwhelmed or overworked, because there are so many opportunities to start projects.”

Patel’s primary assignment is developing an elementary special education program, with which she helps students with learning disabilities.

She is also working on a project called “Camp GLOW,” or “Girls Leading Our World,” a girls’ empowerment camp piloted by a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania in 1995. The camp, she said, focuses on things like HIV awareness, sexual health and gender norms.

“It’s based on the idea that empowering women will contribute to the development of a nation,” Patel said. This is the second time Grenada has hosted the camp.

Patel also spends some of her time teaching everything from modern to folk dance as an after-school program for secondary school students, and she is working on a world map mural at one of the schools.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.




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