Alcorn alumna, Kanika Welch makes a difference abroad

An Alcorn State University alumna recently returned to the United States after completing international service work in Africa.

Kanika Welch, a Jackson, Mississippi native who earned a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn in 2008 recently completed a two-year Peace Corps Service as a teacher trainer in the West African country of Gambia. 

Welch’s work included an intensive 10-week pre-service training encompassing over 160 hours of formal language instruction, almost 150 hours of common areas such as the introduction of development, safety and security, health training, and cross-cultural skills. Welch built the instructional and administrative capacity of nine teachers and one administrator. She conducted numerous workshops to train teachers as well. 

Welch enjoyed her experience and looks forward to helping others in the future.

“I am passionate about helping others reach their next level, and I believe that there are limitless pathways to success and opportunities for learning all around us,” stated Welch. 

Upon completion, Welch was congratulated by the U.S. Ambassador’s residence for her work. 

Welch credits this experience for giving her an unquenchable desire to use her skills and creative gifts to better the quality of life for others.