American Physical Society

Michael Volpe - U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Previous Page  |  New Search  |  Browse All

Job Info

Employer:
U.S. Peace Corp

Position Type:
Public Service
Government

Job skills:
Complex problem solving
Communication
Team work

Michael Volpe's Job:
Michael was an education volunteer for two years in rural South Africa,  aiding in the development of primary school teachers.

Career Facts

Employer Type:
Non-profit

Physics Degree:
Bachelor

Educational Information

BA Physics,  State University of New York at Geneseo

More about Michael Volpe

Direct link to Michael Volpe's profile:
http://www.spsnational.org/cup/profiles/hp_spring08.pdf

Biography:

Michael went into the Peace Corp because he wanted to balance the strong analytical skills he learned in Physics with social and cross-cultural skills.

"I was an education volunteer for two years in rural South Africa,  aiding in the development of primary school teachers, " said Michael.  "Not only did I succeed in strengthening my social skills,  but I gained a new perspective of the world. I witnessed both the educational value of a background in physics and its shortcomings."

"Problem solving is perhaps the most valuable tool a student gains from an education in physics. As physicists,  we are trained to first identify the problem,  generate possible solutions using available information,  test these hypotheses and ultimately reach a conclusion. Working with people is not that easy.  Things like culture,  language,  race,  and personality all must be considered in order to understand relationships and create positive change. Living and working in a developing nation made this clear to me."