#RamadanInstaChallenge Day 11:
Today, we will take a quick break from our Ramadan Challenge to give a shout out to a very special @peacecorps Indonesia Staff Member. During the month of May we also want to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We are excited to recognize our Peace Corps Medical Doctor, Dr. Nelsine Bentley-Bower. Dr. Nelsine was born in Suva, Fiji. Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific, made up of 300+ islands and about 850,000 people of many races and religions. Dr. Nelsine has worked for Peace Corps for 9 years. She started her peace corps journey as the Medical Officer in Peace Corps Vanuatu. After four years, she transferred to Peace Corps Indonesia, where she has been for the past 5 years. “One of the highlights [of my Peace Corps Job] is hearing the stories and adventures volunteers have when experiencing a new culture and a new country. Seeing volunteers grow and change over their 2 years of Peace Corps service is always inspiring. I have the privilege of hearing about their challenges and victories. I also have a lot of great stories about my volunteers that I enjoy sharing when I can. Story telling is part of my culture in the Pacific. I am always ready to listen to a good story and I will always have a good story to tell you. Peace Corps has also allowed me to travel to many countries I would never have traveled to. Through traveling, I have also been able to show my family different cultures and different parts of the world. We explore and experience the world together. It is always an education in itself. Each year, I also attend a Peace Corps Medical Conference somewhere in the world. This is where I meet medical officers from other Peace Corps countries and HQ staff. Definitely another highlight of my years with Peace Corps.” Peace Corps Indonesia is proud to call Dr. Nelsine one of our own. She always has a smile on her face and is ready to help someone in need. Thank you for your hard work and amazing heart.