WASHINGTON – Peace Corps Response Volunteer Donovan Gregg, 31, of Beaverton, Oregon, died following a car accident July 23 in Rwanda.
Donovan, who trained English teachers at a university in Kigali, served in Peace Corps Response with his wife of eight years Jessica Gregg. The Greggs were also Peace Corps Volunteers together in Ethiopia from 2014 to 2016.
Donovan, a TEFL-certified English teacher, graduated from Western Oregon University in Monmouth and earned a master’s degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, Germany. He also completed an internship with the Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.
During his time in Ethiopia, Donovan provided classroom instruction for five public school English classes, led training sessions for Peace Corps trainees and managed budgeting and logistics for youth summer camps, among other projects.
Earlier in his career, Donovan was an English teacher in Busan, South Korea, where he worked with 700 students from 2012 to 2014. He also worked for the German Engagement Prize Foundation in Erfurt and taught Afghan students and teachers with the American Councils for International Education in Mumbai, India.
Donovan was fluent in German and spoke Oromifa and Amharic.
“Donovan was a person with an easy smile who personified the Peace Corps spirit of development through cultural exchange,” said Peace Corps Rwanda Country Director Keith Hackett.