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F.C. Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Burkina Faso

Katherine Gehron, 21, of Falls Church, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Burkina Faso this week to begin pre-service training as a Rural Development Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in September, Gehron will plant approximately 5,000 trees a year, prepare and maintain a model field, improve post-harvest storage and complete other agricultural projects.

Gehron is the daughter of Nancy and Michael Gehron, both returned Peace Corps Volunteers themselves, and is a graduate of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. She then attended The College of William and Mary, where she earned a degree in international relations and French in 2012.

During the first three months of her service, Gehron will live with a host family in Burkina Faso to become immersed in the country’s language and culture. She will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Burkina Faso, where she will live and work for two years.