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Monroe grad joins Peace Corps
Kendra Wagner joined the Peace Corps and is now training in Cambodia. (Photo supplied)
BELOIT - Kendra Wagner, 24, Monroe, was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Cambodia July 24 to begin training as a community health education volunteer.

Wagner will live and work at the community level as an educator, community mobilizer and trainer in a rural health center. She will assist with chronic disease care, maternal and child care, birth spacing advice, immunization and emergency first aid.

She joined Peace Corps to put her public health education to work, gain some international experience, learn another language and culture, and integrate into another culture and country.

Wagner is the daughter of Cheryl and Wally Wagner, Monroe, and is a 2010 graduate of Monroe High School. She graduated in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in health and society and international relations from Beloit College.

During the first three months of her service, Wagner will live with a host family in Cambodia to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills, Wagner will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Cambodia where she will serve for two years.

Wagner will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Cambodia and help Wagner 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.

Wagner joins 187 Wisconsin residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 5,942 Wisconsin residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.