Help Me Volunteer with the Peace Corps!

Hi! My name is Theresa Pfister and I just graduated with my degree in English Literature from Pomona College. On July 1st, I'm leaving for Ethiopia to teach English with the Peace Corps!

I cannot express how blessed I feel to have this opportunity to join such a prestigious organization in promoting world peace and friendship. The two years I will spend training teachers in English education and organizing projects and programs that focus on issues such as gender equality and HIV/AIDS prevention promise to be two of the most challenging, rewarding, and transformative years of my life. In preparation for this life-changing adventure, there is a great deal to be done. In these last few months, I have been earning my extensive medical clearance, buying necessary equipment for living and teaching in Ethiopia, and planning a trip home for my brother Joe and his fiancée Katie's wedding next May.

Due to the high cost of these necessities, I've already had to take out a loan. In order to cover these and any other unforeseen costs, I'll have to take out another private high-interest loan, incurring debt that I'll have to start repaying during my two years abroad.

This is where I need your help. At present, costs for my medical clearance are $1,030, a needed root canal is $4,000, equipment is $970, and my flight home for Joe and Katie's wedding is $2,000. This is why I'm asking for donations of any amount. From $1 to $1,000, your gift will help me enter into my Peace Corps service without the added burden of financial instability.

My goal is to raise $6,000 by June 30th. My landmark goals:

April 30th: $3,000
May 31st: $4,500
June 30th: $6,000

I chose GoFundMe through the recommendation of Sergio at Pomona College's Draper Center, and know it to be safe and reliable for collecting donations. If you'd prefer to donate money offline (and without any processing fees!), my permanent address is:

2128 County Road Z
Friendship, WI 53934

In order to keep everything as transparent as possible, I have a excel spreadsheet with all my expenses listed; this spreadsheet is available upon request. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about what your gift is going towards.

As I prepare for my departure for Ethiopia, I cannot help but be so incredibly grateful for the touching support I've received from friends, family, colleagues, and even new acquaintances. It is knowing that I have this support that will ensure that I am able to make the most of my time in the Peace Corps. The gift of being able to enter into my two years of service debt-free will make it possible for me to be truly present and to throw my heart and soul into the education and empowerment of my students in Ethiopia.

Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity.


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Theresa Pfister 
Claremont, CA
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