Tanzania Bound: Two Years in Africa

Roanoke Grad joining the Peace Corps

Roanoke College senior Emma Jones, of Raleigh, N.C., has been selected to be a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Tanzania, Africa for two years to teach health education.

Jones was recently presented the Solomon Service Award, which goes to the student who most clearly demonstrates a dedication to community service. She graduated from the College in 2006, with a B.S. in Psychology.

Jones is no stranger to helping people. She has worked this year organizing community service programs for Roanoke students as well as participating herself. She has participated in mission trips to Brazil, went to the Dominican Republic with a program called Orphanage Outreach and spent a spring break trip volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

"Work, volunteering and community service have always been a large aspect of my life and who I am and I wanted that to continue and go further," say Jones. "I want to serve people in other countries and help with the AIDS epidemic and give them an education about a healthy lifestyle that they wouldn't otherwise have access or knowledge of."

Jones will assist the Tanzanian government by promoting healthy behavior among community members, particularly teachers and students. She hopes to influence young people to make healthy decisions about their lives, increase teachers' ability to integrate HIV/AIDS education into their classrooms and to help communities access health information about disease prevention.

"The least I can do is teach them," says Jones. "If I can show one person or group of people how to prevent or take care of someone with AIDS, I would be fulfilled."

Jones hopes to initiate health education programs for in-school youth, teachers, and out-of-school youth, in non-governmental organizations in Tanzania.

After her term with the Peace Corps, Jones hopes to go to graduate school at either University of Washington or Columbia University to pursue a dual master's degree in social work and public health and then earn a doctorate.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

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