Kelsey Minten ’12

My name is Kelsey Minten and I graduated from CSB/SJU in 2012 with a degree in Sociology and Hispanic Studies. I am currently serving as a Teaching English for Livelihoods Trainer in the Peace Corps in Barranquilla, Colombia. My job has a few different parts. I co-plan and co-teach English classes in a local secondary school with a Colombian counterpart, with the goal of bettering the teachers' and students' English level and introducing new communicative teaching methodologies into the classroom. I also teach English classes or conversation groups to English teachers who want to work on their speaking skills. Finally, I work on youth development projects, with the goal of youth empowerment and building life-skills.

My Peace Corps site is urban and unlike the small village that you may imagine when you picture the Peace Corps. However, the population that I work with is quite disadvantaged financially and struggle with many issues that come along with urban poverty. English can be a route for these students to get jobs or get in to college. It is challenging but rewarding work! I have loved every day so far! I use my sociology background everyday- it is so useful in learning and understanding a new culture! It also has helped me to better understand and better serve my students.


Kelsey Minten ’12
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Ellen Block
Chair, Sociology Department
SJU Simons 114

Brandie White
Department Coordinator
SJU Quad 355A