Nathan Storey graduated from Gettysburg College in 2010, with a BA in Anthropology. After graduating, he joined the Peace Corps as a Youth Development volunteer in Azerbaijan, located in the Caucasus region bordering Iran, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and the Caspian Sea.
At the school, Nathan worked with both students and teachers, planning and running after-school programs focusing on such topics as conversational English, arts and crafts, environmental awareness, and theater
His favorite project was the Azerbaijan Boys Leadership Experience (ABLE) Camp, an annual summer camp for boys aged 13-16, which introduces boys to ideas such as teamwork, critical thinking, environmental and gender awareness, and community project planning and involvement, all with the ultimate of creating future leaders of Azerbaijan. He was involved with writing grants, training local counterparts, site location, and developing the camp curriculum, which included visiting speakers, team-building challenge course activities, athletics, and project planning sessions. This was a unique and meaningful experience for many of the boys who do not often, if ever, have the opportunity to leave their hometowns or interact with those from other towns—particularly impressive in a country the size of Maine. It was a true pleasure at the end of the week when the boys did not want to go home.
Nathan is now in his first year as a Masters of Education student in the International Education and Policy Management program at Vanderbilt University Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee.