Biography of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer – Rachel Mast

Rachel Mast

Rachel Mast began working as a Regional Recruiter in the Atlanta Regional Office in October 2008 and was promoted to Recruitment Coordinator in May 2010.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from October 2005 to October 2007.

 She received her bachelor’s degrees in International Business and Spanish at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina.

 As a volunteer, Rachel was a Community Economic Development extension agent working in partnership with the country’s only certified organic cooperative. She worked with the cooperative to develop new markets, including the implementation of a Community Supported Agriculture program. Further work included grant writing, strategic planning, and the digitalization of processes.

 As secondary projects, she facilitated IT classes for elementary students and developed a student-led school newspaper, coordinated a PEPFAR funded provincial-wide HIV/AIDS and life skills workshop for female youths, and conducted community-wide English classes.

 Rachel says that ‘Though the work was both professionally and personally fulfilling it was the personal relationships that I formed that made it truly worthwhile. I was continuously inspired by my community and their willingness to sacrifice the little they had so that another would not go without. This simple generosity is a quality that I hold dear and strive to reflect in my own life.’ 

Rachel can be reached at 404.562.3477 or by email at rmast@peacecorps.gov.

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PeaceCorps 50th Anniversary 2011

Peace requires the simple but powerful recognition that what we have in common as human beings is more important and crucial than what divides us. Sargent Shriver

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