After finishing her undergraduate studies at the College of New Jersey in 2006, Joan Marshall was accepted into the Peace Corps and served in the African nation of Togo from 2004 to 2006. As a Peace Corps community health extension agent her duties varied from teaching health in local schools to assisting with vaccinations. Joan’s favorite job was as supervisor of the student health club because, in her own words, “The young members were so vibrant and hopeful, so motivated and curious.” Togo was an unforgettable part of her life.
Following her Peace Corps service, Joan backpacked through Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia, and settled temporarily in the Philippines. She then took a position teaching English in South Korea, where she came to the conclusion to pursue a Master’s degree. Duquesne provided an opportunity to keep working in the global development field. While waiting to hear about her acceptance into the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy, Joan returned to Togo to work at an HIV/AIDS clinic.
Joan began her studies in the Policy Center in January 2008 and graduated in 2010. Throughout her time at Duquesne Joan worked as a Peace Corps Fellow at Brother’s Brother Foundation, a humanitarian organization that ships donated medical and school supplies to many countries around the world. Joan was responsible for Web communications and administrative support.
After graduating Joan continued working for Brother's Brother for a time, then was offered and accepted a position with Catholic Relief Services in the Democratic Republic of Congo.