Peace Corps representative comes to Fresno

Peace Corps representative Kim Ingeman will visit to Fresno to discuss how Valley residents can volunteer abroad.

Sessions will be held at the Fig Garden Regional Library on Tuesdayand Fresno State on Wednesday. Members of the campus and public are invited to attend these free events.

With applications at a 40-year high in fiscal year 2015, the Peace Corps is represented abroad by many from the Fresno area.

Fresno resident Jessica Miguel served as a volunteer in the Philippines, teaching English to high school students. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she was the first in her family to undertake volunteer service abroad.

“You don’t have your family there; you have to step out of your comfort zone,” Miguel said. “You’re always thinking on your feet. All these skills end up being really helpful, socially and professionally.”

The Fig Garden Regional Library session will be in the library’s meeting room from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3071 W. Bullard Ave.

The California State University, Fresno session will be in University Student Union 309 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05