University of Wisconsin-Madison reclaims No. 1 spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

27_lauralindePeace Corps volunteer and UW-Madison graduate Laura Linde hopes to work for a nongovernmental organization and promote improved environmental practices internationally after she completes her Peace Corps service this year.

The Peace Corps announced that the University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked No. 1 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 87 Badgers currently volunteering worldwide.

This is the third year that the UW-Madison has ranked among the top five large universities and colleges. In 2016, UW-Madison ranked No. 2. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison reclaims No. 1 spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Ten years in the making: Illinois native leaves for Peace Corps

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Theodore Vernon decided to join the Peace Corps a long time ago. It was a decision he made in the eighth grade after hearing the captivating tales of his teacher’s service in the Peace Corps during the 1960s.

Ten years later, he still holds on to that initial moment in the classroom, and on Oct. 2, Vernon will leave for the Peace Corps to begin his training as an agriculture advisor volunteer in Ghana. Continue reading “Ten years in the making: Illinois native leaves for Peace Corps”

McFarland, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Senegal

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James Hickey, 22, of McFarland, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Senegal Sept. 26 to begin training as an urban agriculture volunteer. Hickey will live and work at the community level to increase his community’s crop production by promoting improved agricultural methods. He will also protect crops from insect and pest damage through sustainable agricultural practices.

“I was attracted to the Peace Corps because of the opportunity to provide hands-on service to others in areas of development and agriculture,” Hickey said. “In addition, I liked the idea of participating in the mutual exchange of culture.” Continue reading “McFarland, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Senegal”

Sherman, Ill., resident begins Peace Corps service in Malawi

Kelsey Smith, 24, of Sherman, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Malawi on March 3 to begin training as a natural resource management volunteer. Smith will live and work at the community level to make a difference by promoting sustainable environmental practices.

Smith is the daughter of Shannon and Dave Wilson, and her sister also served in the Peace Corps. Smith is a graduate of Williamsville High School in Williamsville, Ill., and Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental health in 2012.  Continue reading “Sherman, Ill., resident begins Peace Corps service in Malawi”

Peace Corps service in Honduras put Mizzou campus recruiter on a new path

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Tim Wall, in Honduras

University of Missouri-Columbia students planning for the future should take advantage of a unique resource on campus this year: university-dedicated Peace Corps representative Tim Wall. From his office in the MU Career Center (201 Student Success Center, Room 3), Wall is available to share his experience and accomplishments living and working abroad in a new culture, while helping students pursue their own path toward making a difference for others and themselves through Peace Corps service after graduation.

Wall is uniquely qualified to discuss the personal and professional benefits of Peace Corps service. For two years, he was culturally immersed in his local community in Honduras and worked as a protected areas management volunteer, helping an NGO and the mayor’s office in his local community to design a landfill and garbage collection system. He also taught classes on potato cultivation to local farmers and environmental education to more than 100 children. Continue reading “Peace Corps service in Honduras put Mizzou campus recruiter on a new path”

Chicago resident begins Peace Corps service in Peru

Jessica Ann Vega, 23, of Chicago, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Peru Sept. 11 to begin training as an environmental volunteer. Vega will live and work in a community to promote agro-forestry, educate the community on environmental initiatives, and serve as a protected areas facilitator. Vega is participating in the Peace Corps Master’s International program, which allows volunteers to integrate their service and a graduate degree from certain universities.

“I was motivated by the concept of working and learning and helping others at the same time,” Vega said. Continue reading “Chicago resident begins Peace Corps service in Peru”

Columbia, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay

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Kaitlyn Bradley, 23, of Columbia, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay Sept. 25 to begin training as an environmental conservation volunteer. Bradley will live and work in a community to protect and conserve the environment, engaging in projects that establish forest conservation plans, help integrate environmental education in schools, and promote alternative energy practices.

“I want to learn about Paraguay, the culture and people, and work with them toward a sustainable future,” Bradley said. Continue reading “Columbia, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay”