Alaina Wayland, 22, of Ontario, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Uganda November 12 to begin training as an education volunteer. Wayland will live and work in a community to act as an education officer primary teacher.
“I have been fortunate to be given advantages, including chances to achieve higher education, play and coach competitive sports, and pursue jobs and internships that fascinate me,” said Wayland. “I want to help give others the same opportunities to pursue their dreams and be successful, while also exploring the world and everything it has to offer.”
Wayland is the daughter of Jeffrey and Dorothy Wayland and a graduate of Wayne Central High School in Ontario. She then attended the University of Rochester where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in neuroscience as well as received Magna Cum Laude honors in May 2013. She is also a member of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.
During the first three months of her service, Wayland will live with a host family in Uganda to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Wayland will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Uganda, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
“Personally, I hope to have an adventure in which I can broaden my horizons and gain a better understanding of the world and the vast diversity of people in it. Professionally, I hope to gain teaching experience and instill a love of learning in the students and teachers I encounter.”