Hailey and I chatted one afternoon in May about her Peace Corps experiences in Niger and Senegal. Listening to her story, it struck me that having served in a rural community in Niger, and then serving in Dakar during her third year, Hailey got to have the best of both worlds in terms of Peace Corps experiences. She was able to have that rural village experience, which is what you would typically think of when you think of the Peace Corps. At the same time, she was able to really build up her professional experience, working with an NGO during her third year. As always, every Peace Corps experience is unique, and Hailey’s experience is an example of that.
Hailey served in the Peace Corps first in Niger from October 2008 – January 2011 and then she extended her service to work with Helen Keller International in Senegal from January 2011 – 2012. After completing her service, Hailey returned to her hometown of Seattle, WA to pursue a career in global health. She currently works at PATH, an international nonprofit organization, supporting various maternal health and reproductive health projects. Hailey has continued to feed her passion for learning about new cultures though experiencing world cuisines, dance, and travel and her involvement with the World Affairs Council.