Rumford resident joins Peace Corps in Zambia

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RUMFORD – Asha Renee Doiron, 23, daughter of Randy and Linda Doiron of Rumford, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. Doiron departed for Zambia on June 13 and has been training to become an HIV/AIDS Community Peace Corps Volunteer.

A graduate of Mountain Valley High School, she recently completed her studies at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., where she earned a bachelor of arts in international studies and political science, with a minor in Spanish.

Doiron had the opportunity to spend two terms in Peru and worked previously as a volunteer for a nongovernmental organization in Cusco, Peru. She also worked at Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shop in Rumford and as a Mark Twain tour guide at Elmira College.

Doiron was initially attracted to the Peace Corps through her mother’s interest in the Kennedy family and President John F. Kennedy’s concern for humanity and world peace.

She aspires to work for government to promote effective cross-cultural communication and understanding of international issues.

Doiron has had a variety of international experiences in that she has studied Andean art and culture, hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, worked alongside indigenous Quechua women and lived with a Peruvian host family. She said these experiences led her to apply to the Peace Corps.

During the first three months of her service, Doiron will live with a host family in Zambia to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Doiron will serve for two years in a different community, living in a manner similar to people in her host country.

Doiron joins the 81 Maine residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 1,610 Maine residents have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

Since first sending Peace Corps volunteers to Zambia in 1993, there have been 779 volunteers in the country. There are currently 161 Peace Corps volunteers serving in Zambia.

Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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