Twenty-five year old York alum Benjamin Reid is about to embark on a life changing experience with the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad to work with communities and create lasting change. On June 16 Reid will depart for China to begin training as an education volunteer. He will teach English to college and graduate school students studying to become teachers.
A graduate of York Prep from the class of 2010, Reid received his bachelors degree from Clark University in May 2014, where he studied geography as well as urban development and social change. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, he worked in sales, interned at the New York Transit Museum, and even volunteered at the Pomona Day Laborer Center in California. During his time studying abroad in Shanghai, China Reid served as an assistant teacher for students with special needs.
Reid joins the 379 New Yorkers currently in the Corps and over 140 volunteers working in China. He believes that service in the Peace core will “touch every aspect of my personal and professional aspirations by ultimately giving me a greater cultural understanding of China through deep immersion.” Reid explained, “I hope to gain a greater understanding of myself and about working as an English teacher.”
During his first three months of service, Reid will live with a host family for full cultural immersion. During their service in China, volunteers learn to speak Mandarin. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist his community, Reid will be sworn into service. He then will live and work for two years with the local people of his assigned community.
Reid will work on sustainable, community-based development projects that will both improve the lives of people in China and help Reid develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills. He will return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market. Corps volunteers acquire a unique cultural understanding and life-long commitment to service helping them succeed in today’s global economy.
Congratulations Benjamin and good luck on this next adventure!