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Olivia Temple completes Peace Corps training

Olivia Temple of Groton has completed Peace Corps Training and will now begin her two-year volunteer position as an education volunteer in Zambia. She will be teaching English as a second language to local children.
     “I am inspired by the stories of other volunteers, which mo- tivate me to want to teach other people how they can help themselves. I also enjoy learning new languages, meeting new people, and learning about their ways of living,” said Temple of her desire to join the Peace Corps.
     Olivia is the daughter of Rick and Susanne Temple of Groton, and a graduate of Groton Dunstable Regional High School. Until recently she attended Clark University in Worcester, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.
     During the first three months of her service, Temple lived with a host family in Zambia and became fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. Since acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Temple was sworn into service and assigned to a community, where she will now live and work for two years with the local people.
     “I am hoping to help children improve their literacy skills, and also connect with the natural world. I am also eager to learn about my community and its needs,” she said. “Although I can now consider myself a teacher, I am also always a student wherever my travels take me.”
     Temple will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Zambia and help her 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.
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