By Kayla Carter
Emilee Nidiffer soon will take her uniquely upbeat perspective and passion for sustainable development to Morocco for two years.
“This is what I want to do for a living,” she said. “This is what I do, I find any way possible to go and work with people, learn about cultures and help empower them.”
A few months ago Nidiffer, a 21-year-old Elizabethton resident, found out she had secured a spot as a Peace Corps volunteer.
“It’s all about promoting peaceful relationships with other cultures and countries,” she said.
Nidiffer said the Peace Corps carefully considers where to place each volunteer abroad.
“They look at that country’s needs and your skills and they talk to you and find out where the best fit is for you,” she said. “But, when you join you are kind of saying, I’ll go anywhere you want me to go.”
But, coincidentally, Nidiffer has a family friend — Lisa Lunceford — in Morocco.
“She served about 20 years ago,” Nidiffer said. “She actually ended up marrying a Moroccan and lives there now.”
After Nidiffer boards the plane that will take her to the Peace Corps’ preliminary training, she said she will be assigned to the youth development sector in Morocco.