Jaime Bailey '17

Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Jaime Bailey

Senior Jaime Bailey won’t have much time to relax after graduating from Framingham State this spring, as her training with the Peace Corps will begin just ten days after the May 21st ceremony.

Bailey, who is a Psychology and Early Childhood Education coordinate major, learned earlier this year that she had been accepted into the prestigious organization, which has been sending citizens abroad to assist in underdeveloped countries since 1961. She will spend two years and three months in Kosovo, teaching primary school English to students in grades 3 to 5.

Bailey says she has always had an interest in the Peace Corps and has friends whose parents met during their service. Her desire to join the organization was solidified on a mission trip to Guatemala during her sophomore year that was organized by Psychology Professor Pamela Ludemann.

“That really sparked my interest for traveling abroad,” she says.

Bailey did not know where she would be sent when she applied to the Peace Corps and has been studying up on Kosovo ever since receiving her assignment.

“It’s not really a well-established country yet so there is a fair amount of instability,” she says.

Bailey recently got the chance to Skype with Peace Corps members in Kosovo and learned about some of the challenges she will face in the classroom, including a lack of technology. There will be a lot she will have to learn on the fly, she says.

“Once I arrive, I will need to learn about my school and my students before I can establish a lesson plan that is best suited to the community,” she says.

After she gets out of the Peace Corps, Bailey plans to attend graduate school and wants to become a Child Life Specialist and work with children in a hospital setting.