Oswego Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in the Philippines

Tammy Hadlow, 48, of Oswego, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Philippines July 5 to begin training as an environment volunteer. Hadlow will live and work in a community to work on a variety of activities, including teaching environmental awareness and working with coastal resource management extension.

“I’ve always aspired to volunteer on a global level,” said Hadlow.

Hadlow is the mother of Terra (Atkinson) Pritchard and a graduate of Oswego High School in Oswego.

She then attended State University of New York at Oswego where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 1990.

She later attended State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, where she earned her master’s degree in environmental studies in 1998.

During the first three months of her service, Hadlow will live with a host family in the Philippines to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture.

After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Hadlow will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in the Philippines, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

“I hope to bring my work/life experience to my new community and be part of a successful project that will have positive lasting effects on my host community,” said Hadlow.

Hadlow joins the 448 New York residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 12,863 New York residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

About Peace Corps/Philippines:

More than 8,680 Peace Corps volunteers have served in the Philippines since the program was established in 1961. Currently, 223 volunteers serve in the Philippines. Volunteers work in the areas of education, youth development and coastal resource management. Volunteers are trained and work in Tagalog, the national language, and regional dialects, as appropriate.

About the Peace Corps:

Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.


  1. We’re SO proud of you, Tammy!! Best of luck in your new endeavor!! We love you!!

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