December 26th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Peace Corps sends King graduate to Morocco

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Emilee Nidiffer soon will take her uniquely upbeat perspective and passion for sustainable development to Morocco for two years.

By Kayla Carter Emilee Nidiffer pauses after hiking the highest mountain in El Salvador. Having traveled to Kenya in 2010 for an internship in microfinance and to Costa Rica this year, where she helped establish an aquaponics system, Nidiffer is now preparing for a Peace Corps assignment to Morocco.

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Emilee Nidiffer pauses after hiking the highest mountain in El Salvador. Having traveled to Kenya in 2010 for an internship in microfinance and to Costa Rica this year, where she helped establish an aquaponics system, Nidiffer is now preparing for a Peace Corps assignment to Morocco.

“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.

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