The “Meet Your Recruiter” series helps prospective Peace Corps applicants discover more about the Peace Corps recruiter for their region. Brattleboro-based recruiter Zoe Armstrong works with applicants in multiple regions including Vermont, Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire border communities, as well as counties in New York’s North Country region.
Six years after graduating from college, Zoe Armstrong decided to pursue her ambition to serve in the Peace Corps. She began her service in Armenia in 2009. As a Non-Government Organization (NGO) Development Specialist Volunteer, Zoe collaborated with local professional age women to increase economic and educational opportunities for women in the region. This effort included teaching local artisans about microfinance and the use of the internet to market their products locally as well as internationally.
“My primary project in Armenia was working with a Women’s Resource Center,” said Zoe, who served until 2011. “We provided women with options for professional and academic advancement and collaborated with an artisan collective to provide professional and economic opportunities for women in the town of Goris.”
After realizing that the women of the community also needed better access to health information, Zoe joined forces with fellow Volunteers.
“I was in the Community Development sector, and they were in the Health sector, but we could see together that there was this obvious need for women in the community to have more education about women’s health and childhood nutrition,” she explained. “So we worked together and did projects that ranged from nutrition programs for kids to HIV/AIDS prevention awareness four young adults to breast self-exam workshops for women.”
Today, as a Brattleboro-based Peace Corps recruiter, Zoe covers a diverse territory which includes Vermont, Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire border communities and counties in New York’s North Country region. At work or play, she is always committed to connecting Americans to meaningful experiences in other nations.
“If Peace Corps is calling you, you should do it. It will be with you the rest of your life and it’ll change your perspective on everything.”