Amanda Franklyn, 23, of St. Peters, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for the Kyrgyz Republic April 23, according to a press release.
She will begin training as an English education volunteer. Franklyn will live and work at the community level to make a difference by working with a local counterpart to teach conversational and content-based English while organizing community-based projects.
“Coming from the suburbs of St. Louis, I rarely had any interaction with the international community,” Franklyn said in the release. “It wasn’t until I met my roommate from Zimbabwe and heard stories from her hometown in Harare that I realized the world is full of people with different perspectives on time, relationships, religion and so much more.”
Franklyn is the daughter of Tammy Leedy and Lenny Franklyn and a 2009 graduate of Francis Howell Central High School. She then attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., where she earned a bachelor’s in anthropology in 2013.
“At Missouri State, it was the culmination of interacting with international students, the global perspective taught in my classes, and the promoting of community engagement that eventually led me to applying to be a Peace Corps volunteer,” she said. “Studying abroad in Japan for a semester through one of the many exchange programs that the Study Away Office provides gave me cross cultural experience that will make me a more effective volunteer.”
During the first three months of her service, Franklyn will live with a host family in the Kyrgyz Republic to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, Franklyn will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in the Kyrgyz Republic where she will serve for two years.
Franklyn will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in the Kyrgyz Republic. The work will also 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.
“I believe Peace Corps will allow me to gain a better understanding of my field of study, anthropology, and point me down a career path that adheres to my interests and skills,” Franklyn said. “I want my knowledge of cultural relativism, ethnographic fieldwork methods, and studies of other cultures to become manifested into usable skills that could have the potential to change lives by motivating others to make a change.”