Janet Rendon-Estrada of Fontana has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana on July 26 to begin training as a health volunteer.
Rendon-Estrada will help build the capacity of local government to address challenges around health issues, including HIV/AIDS.
“What motivated me to join the Peace Corps was the opportunity to learn and grow with a community,” said Rendon-Estrada. “I chose Botswana out of all the Peace Corps projects in different parts of the world because I have an interest in HIV/AIDS as well as malaria.”
Rendon-Estrada is the daughter of Delfina and Victor Rendon of Fontana and a graduate of A.B. Miller High School. She attended Cal State San Bernardino, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health science with a concentration in public health education in June 2019.
Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she volunteered in a variety of activities, including at Loma Linda Hospital and on the CSU campus. She also interned at the Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute.
During the first three months of her service, Rendon-Estrada will live with a host family in Botswana to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture.
After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Rendon-Estrada will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Botswana, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
“I hope to be able to make a difference in my host community and gain acceptance as a community member,” Rendon-Estrada said. “I am most excited about exploring a new culture and learning about HIV/AIDS, program implementation, and community service.”
Rendon-Estrada will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Botswana and help Rendon-Estrada develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Many Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
Rendon-Estrada joins the 836 California residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 31,723 California residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.