Jessica Cronin, 22, of Westfield, New Jersey, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga on August 29 to begin training as an Education Volunteer. Jessica will live and work in a community to implement student-centered English literacy practices in local schools.
“I wanted to join the Peace Corps as a way of fulfilling my desire to continue helping others,” Jessica said.
Jessica is the daughter of Martin and Ellen Cronin and a graduate of Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey. She then attended Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in Elementary Education in May 2016. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she worked as a certified swim instructor and lifeguard and as a volunteer for various school programs in New London, Connecticut.
During the first three months of her service, Jessica will live with a host family in Tonga to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Jessica will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Tonga, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
Jessica will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Tonga and help Jessica develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps Volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
Jessica joins the 187 New Jersey residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 5,063 New Jersey residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
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