I’m Abby.IMG_5070

I was born and raised in small town Iowa. In May of 2015 I graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Social Work and Art and a certificate in American Indian and Native Studies. Go Hawks! (Because you have to say that, right?)

I’ve spent my summers in Grand Bois, Haiti since 2011. After graduation I lived in the rural mountains for a few months, completing my practicum at a medical clinic with a team of Haitian Social Workers and Community Health Agents. Shout out to the ever-amazing ServeHAITI and Centre de Santé St. Vincent de Paul! A big part of my heart lives there.

I’m currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, serving as a Community Health Outreach Volunteer. I live in Chitima, Tete province.


May 2015: graduation from the University of Iowa

May- July 2015: living in Grand Bois

September 29, 2015: submitted Peace Corps application

October  5, 2015: placed under consideration for Mozambique

October 6, 2015: Mozambique interview request

October 19, 2015: interview

October 20, 2015: invitation to serve

(The majority of my November and early December were spent at dental appointments and physical exams, receiving immunizations, and gathering legal paperwork. My deadline to submit everything was December 26, the day after Christmas.)

January 11, 2016: medically cleared to serve

May 2, 2016: staging in Philadelphia

May 5, 2016: departure for Mozambique

August 5, 2016: swearing-in ceremony and official start of service

August 2018: projected COS (close of service) date