Temecula resident begins Peace Corps Service in Uganda


Last updated 11/9/2018 at 12:30am

OAKLAND – Imogen Outlaw, 22, of Temecula has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Uganda Nov. 2, to begin training as an education volunteer.

“Before graduating from high school, I extensively researched gap year programs, and first learned about Peace Corps at that time,” Outlaw said. “While I did not end up taking a gap year, the desire to volunteer and do something bigger than myself stayed with me.”

Outlaw is the daughter of Susan McClellan and William Outlaw and stepfather Ken McClellan and stepmother Megan Outlaw. She is a graduate of Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta. She attended California State University Chico, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and minors in international relations and international business in May 2018. Before joining the Peace Corps, she held positions at Chico State, including as assistant director of the Hands-On Science Lab and inclusion coordinator at the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center. She also volunteered on a mission to Haiti.

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

“Personally, I know that I will learn more about myself as I embark on a somewhat unknown journey,” Outlaw said. “My goal is to gain a greater understanding of others through living and working in a different culture, and to allow others to have a greater understanding of Americans. Professionally, I aim to learn how to navigate working in a different culture and to bring the skills I learn with me to my career. I am excited to get to know my future students and to learn together.”

Outlaw will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Uganda and help Outlaw develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.

Outlaw joins the 873 California residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 30,887 California residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

There are more than 160 volunteers in Uganda working with their communities on projects in agriculture, education and health. During their service in Uganda, volunteers learn to speak local languages, including Acholi, Ateso, Dhophadola, Lango, Luganda, Lugbara, Lusoga, Runyakore and Runyoro. More than 1,695 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Uganda since the program was established in 1964.

The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Submitted by the Peace Corps.


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