Eric Hatton Campbell, 23, of Boyce, Va., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will be departing for Madagascar on July 11 to begin pre-service training as a Health Peace Corps volunteer. Upon completion of the volunteer training in October, Campbell will be educating communities on infectious diseases, sanitation, and nutrition.
Campbell is the son of Jon and Kathryn Campbell, and a graduate of Clarke County High School in Berryville. He then attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in French, graduating in 2010.
“[I have] a desire for adventure while helping the less fortunate,” said Campbell of what motivated him to join the Peace Corps.
During the first three months of his service, Campbell will live with a host family in Madagascar to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist his community, Campbell will serve for two years in Madagascar, living in a manner similar to people in his host country.
Campbell joins the 337 Virginia residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 6,795 Virginia residents have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
More than 890 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Madagascar since the program was established in 1993. Volunteers on this Indian Ocean Island work in the areas of education, environmental and agricultural conservation, health and HIV/AIDS awareness, hygiene promotion, environmental education and natural resource management, and business development. Many volunteers also work with their communities to prevent malaria and receive support from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) program. Currently, 113 volunteers are serving in Madagascar. Volunteers are trained and work in French and Malagasy.
About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.