After graduating from Gettysburg College in 2010 with a degree in anthropology, Nathan Storey joined the Peace Corps as a Youth Development volunteer in Azerbaijan, which is located in the Caucasus region bordering Iran, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and the Caspian Sea.
As a Youth Development volunteer, Storey worked with both students and teachers to plan, organize, and supervise after-school programs in Azerbaijan. These after-school programs focused on such topics as conversational English, arts and crafts, environmental awareness, and theater.
Storey’s favorite project was the Azerbaijan Boys Leadership Experience (ABLE) Camp, which is an annual summer camp for boys aged 13-16. The ABLE camp 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.
Storey 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. Attending the ABLE camp was a unique and meaningful experience for many of the boys since they do not often, if ever, have the opportunity to leave their hometowns or interact with those from other towns.
“It was a true pleasure at the end of the week when the boys did not want to go home,” Storey said.
Storey is now in his first year as a Masters of Education student in the International Education and Policy Management program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn.