Langley resident joins the Peace Corps in Botswana

Autumn Preble of Langley was accepted into the Peace Corps and is now in Botswana for pre-service training as a district AIDS Peace Corps Volunteer.

After graduation from volunteer training in July, Preble will work in the district office of an AIDS coordination program, which helps the Botswana government meet its goals and objectives stated in the National Strategic AIDS plan.

Preble, 57, is the daughter of Bob Preble, the parent of Brendan and a graduate of Aberdeen High School.

She attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1974.

Preble previously worked in Uganda in 2006-2007 coordinating creativity camps for teens living with HIV/AIDS and working with “Bead for Life,” a poverty eradication project.

“I am finally stepping into my long held goal of living, working and serving in a third world country,” said Preble.

During the first three months of her service, Preble will live with a host family in Botswana to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Preble will serve for two years in Botswana, living in a manner similar to people in her host country.

Preble joins the 363 Washington residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 7,911 Washington residents have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

Botswana, located in southern Africa, has hosted nearly 2,000 Peace Corps volunteers since it was initially established in 1966. In 2003, Peace Corps re-entered Botswana in 2003 with an exclusive focus on HIV/AIDS. Botswana currently hosts 76 volunteers.

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