GH woman begins Peace Corps service in Mali

Ajka Suljevic of Grand Haven finished packing and said her final goodbyes late last month as she prepared to put her knowledge and skills to work as an international Peace Corps volunteer.
Tribune Staff
Nov 14, 2011

Suljevic, 23, was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Mali on Oct. 28 to begin pre-service training as a small enterprise development volunteer.

Upon graduation from volunteer training in January, she will work with Malian associations, non-governmental organizations and microfinance institutions to assist local entrepreneurs, build local capacity and improve the economic opportunities in her community.

During the first three months of her service, Suljevic will live with a host family in Mali to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist his community, she will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Mali, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

“I really liked the idea of having ‘on-the-ground’ experience in a developing country,” Suljevic said. “Since I want to work with developing countries in the future, living and working in Mali for two years will really open my eyes to the challenges of everyday life.”

Suljevic is the daughter of Fikret and Fatima Suljevic, and a graduate of Grand Haven High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and Chinese at Kalamazoo College in 2010.

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