Daniela Pulido

Daniela Pulido
Daniela Pulido
Peace Corps Recruiter

 

During my time in college, I was very active with organizations that focused on gender equity in underdeveloped countries. This led me to explore the options of going abroad after graduating in December of 2015 from the University of Florida. As an English Literature graduate, I was captivated by the sustainability of the work that Peace Corps did in regards to the Education sector they have. I decided to give it a shot, and prepare a set of skills needed to stand out from other applicants. I made it a goal to be active in the organizations that mattered to me, connect with Peace Corps recruiters on campus, traveled abroad to Mexico and Jamaica with organizations that worked with at-risk-youth, and volunteered at the English Language Institution at the University. All this contributed to my acceptance and preparation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer and allowed me to cultivate friendships with people who had the same interests to work in education and advocate for gender equity at home and abroad.

After serving for two years abroad in Nicaragua as an English Teacher and Trainer with the Peace Corps, I was able to gain numerous of skills and experiences to readjust back into life in the states. The two years living abroad in a rural setting really helped me see which path to take professionally after the end of service. This is why I am currently applying for a Graduate Program in Social Work to begin in the Fall of 2019. I am excited to continue my education and learn a new set of skills to grow professionally. In the meantime, I will be present on campus as the Peace Corps recruiter, helping students who are interested in serving after graduation, and hoping UM continues to be one of the top schools our volunteers come from. 

My advice to UM students would be to be active in your community as much as you can. There’s many skills you can learn by being active and helping those around you that carry with you into your career.