The Global Studies Speaker Series welcomed one of Pennington's own faculty members, Mary Roseen, teacher of compensatory skills and ESL coordinator, to speak to students on January 10. Roseen was a teacher of English as a foreign language (TEFL) volunteer in Armenia for the Peace Corps from 2016 to 2018 before coming to The Pennington School. Joining Roseen for the presentation was Kelsey Rowe, who also volunteered as a teacher in Armenia from 2016 to 2019.
When Roseen and Rowe arrived in Armenia, they spent three months in pre-service training. During this time, they learned the native language, lived with a host family, and completed technical training. After that, they spent their two years of service working as teachers for twenty hours each week, helping out with secondary projects, and becoming integrated into the community. Rowe decided to add an extra year after her two years were completed. During their presentation, the speakers gave students a brief overview of the Peace Corps and explained the process and timeline of becoming a volunteer. They also gave insight into Armenian geography and culture and told stories about their experience in the country.
Roseen and Rowe finished their presentation by encouraging students to learn more about the Peace Corps. Roseen recommended that students have an open mind in order to make the most of this life-changing experience.