Anthony Carelli, 26, of Cynthiana, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will begin training in Georgia as an education volunteer. Carelli will make a difference living and working in a community teaching English as a second language.
“To help others, to travel, to grow as an individual, and the challenge attracted me to the Peace Corps,” Carelli said.
Carelli is the son of Dixie and Billy Joe Taylor and a 2005 graduate of Harrison County High School in Cynthiana, Ky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2010 and a master’s degree in secondary education.
“My summer spent in Mexico in 2008 influenced me the most to pursue the Peace Corps,” Carelli said. “While studying down there, I volunteered and taught English to second- and third-graders. Also, my master’s in secondary education and the following year teaching high school in Lexington will prove valuable during my service.”
During the first three months of his service in Georgia, Carelli will complete technical, language, health and safety training while living with a host family to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture.
The training and cultural exchange prepare Carelli for his two years of service, while also allowing community members to gain a better understanding of Americans. After Carelli is sworn into service and assigned to a community, he will work on sustainable, community-driven development projects that make a difference for the people of Georgia and provide Carelli with leadership and cross-cultural skills he can use throughout his career.
Carelli joins the 56 Kentucky residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 1,449 Kentucky residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.