"I am so excited about living the next two years in Ghana, and I hope to share my experiences, perspectives and education from Wisconsin and Atlanta through my service as a teacher. I suspect that I will learn as much as I teach," said Mandy Jackson '95C. Jackson spoke June 19 on behalf of her 39 fellow Peace Corps volunteers in a Rose Garden ceremony with President Bill Clinton before departing for her two years of service in Ghana. The president hosted the White House ceremony in honor of the Peace Corps' 35th anniversary.
Jackson, 23, follows in the footsteps of the first Peace Corps volunteers, who met with President John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden during the summer of 1961 and then left for Ghana to serve as English teachers. Jackson was joined by these volunteers from the first Ghana mission, members of Congress, members of the White House cabinet, and notable returned Peace Corps volunteers.
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, Jackson will teach physics and chemistry at the secondary level.