Julie Kozak ’09 recently finished a term with the Peace Corps. “I taught youth groups in my community a nationwide environmental curriculum developed by Peace Corps Dominican Republic. I also installed bio-sand water filters into 36 homes throughout the community. Unity provided me with the knowledge of natural history and environmental issues that served me well as an environmental youth group leader,” says Kozak.
Kozak studied abroad as an undergraduate and noted that her previous international travel experiences better prepared her for post-graduate experiences abroad. “If I had gone into Peace Corps service without previous experience abroad, I can’t be certain I would’ve been as effective as a volunteer,” says Kozak. The best way to make change is from within. By understanding the issues and impacts on culture and commerce, alumni are becoming environmental leaders on an international scale.