Michigan Resident Marks Peace Corps Service Off Bucket List

Joining the Peace Corps had always been on Rebecca McCroskey’s bucket list, but life always seemed to get in the way. But after raising two children and forging a successful 40 year career, McCroskey is finally ready to cross it off her bucket list. On March 10, McCroskey will depart for Jamaica to begin training as an environment/agro-forestry Volunteer and will work with local organizations and schools to educate her community about sustainable lifestyles.

“My years on the planet have given me a level of confidence I couldn’t have possessed in my 20s. Kids, jobs, relocation, disease, divorce and death – life takes guts,” she said. “I have boldly jumped off lots of cliffs, and I’ve been pushed off a couple as well. This assignment will become another chapter in my personal microcosmic study.” Continue reading “Michigan Resident Marks Peace Corps Service Off Bucket List”

University of Wisconsin – Madison leads Volunteers to Peace Corps Agriculture

Rita Argus (center) recently completed her service as an agriculture volunteer in Senegal.

Joining the Peace Corps was a natural next step for Rita Argus and Daniel Stevenson after they earned their degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Whether it was through study abroad programs or in-the-field agriculture experiences, the students found their inspiration through different facets within the institution.

But their Wisconsin values were a constant.

“Classroom wise, professors often talked about ‘The Wisconsin Idea’ – the thought that what we are learning in the classroom should be applicable to real world situations,” Argus said. “I think this has conditioned me to better apply what I learned to help with problems and challenges I am encountering here.” Continue reading “University of Wisconsin – Madison leads Volunteers to Peace Corps Agriculture”

Texas Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016


Today, Peace Corps announced that Texas ranks No. 8 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 277 volunteers from Texas currently serving worldwide, and 7,606 Texans have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

For the past five years, Texas has consistently ranked in the top 10. The Lone Star State also ranks among the top 10 volunteer-producing states of all time. In 2016, two Texas universities ranked as top volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions – The University of Texas at El Paso, which made its debut in the rankings, and Texas State University. Texas volunteers are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Texas Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Peace Corps Holidays

Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, it allows Volunteers to celebrate the holiday season in their host countries and participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own. Below, we highlight stories from Peace Corps Volunteers who share their experiences spending the holidays overseas. From one Peace Corps Volunteer to another, these Volunteers share their advice to those embarking on their first festive season in service.

Attend our Holidays Away From Home online event Monday, December 19th to hear more about serving overseas during the holiday season. 

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Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time


Tia Sandoval wanted more than just an office job after graduation.

After studying abroad throughout her undergraduate career, she longed for more adventure and wonder. But it wasn’t until she sat down with her mother to discuss her post-grad opportunities that it all clicked.

“I was looking for a job that allowed me to travel,” Sandoval said. “After doing some research, I realized Peace Corps was that job. I could learn more about agriculture in Nepal, learn another language, and really integrate into another culture. My mom had always been supportive of my desire to be aboard and experience the world. She was integral in leading me toward the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time”

Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer

Name: Caroline Schier

Major:  Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering

School: Purdue University

Sector: Agriculture

Although agriculture is the primary economic activity in most countries, many communities are still not able to produce enough food, manage their water supply or implement sustainable practices for the future generations to follow. Peace Corps sends highly skilled and dedicated Volunteers out into the field to help communities combat some of these issues.

Get to know Peace Corps Volunteer, Caroline Shier, a 2014 Purdue University graduate, who is currently serving as an agriculture extension Volunteer in Zambia. Continue reading “Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.
Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.

CHICAGO – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has maintained its position as the nation’s No. 2 producer of Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Currently, 68 Badgers are making a difference around the world as volunteers.

UW-Madison has made the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list every year since the ranking system began in 2001 and held the No. 1 spot for six years from 2001 to 2006, as well as in 2014.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 3,184 alums have served overseas, making UW-Madison also the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”