Samual Streukens, 23, of Winona, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guatemala on March 1, 2020, to begin training as a rural development facilitator volunteer.
Streukens is the son of Randy and Christine Streukens of Winona, and a graduate of Winona Senior High School. He attended Winona State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in global studies in 2019. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, he worked at Westfield and Cedar Valley Golf Course and at Coca-Cola in Winona.
During the first three months of his service, Streukens will live with a host family in Guatemala to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist his community, Streukens will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Guatemala, where he will live and work for two years with the local people.
Streukens will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Guatemala and help Streukens develop leadership, technical, and cross-cultural skills that will give him a competitive edge when he returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
Streukens joins the 195 Minnesotans residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 7,068 Minnesotans residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
Winona State University has 12 alumni who are currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, and more than 155 have served since Peace Corps was founded in 1961.
There are more than 135 volunteers in Guatemala working with their communities on projects in health and youth development. During their service in Guatemala, volunteers conduct projects in Spanish and learn to speak local languages, including Ixil, Kaqchikel, K’iche and Mam. More than 5,215 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Guatemala since the program was established in 1963.
About the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment, and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov.