Knox College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Courtney Hall (right) and husband Alex Hall have been serving in Cameroon as education volunteers since XX. The couple graduated from Knox College in XX.
Courtney Hall (right) and husband Alex Hall have been serving in Cameroon as education volunteers since May 2014. The couple graduated from Knox College in June 2011.

CHICAGO – For the third year in a row, Knox College has placed on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. The school ranks No. 14 with nine alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 201 Knox graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “Knox College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jessica Vig

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Name:  Jessica Vig
Country of Service:  South Africa, 2007-2009
Assignment: Community Health
Recruitment Territory:  Downstate and Western Illinois

My husband, Paul, and I served as a married couple in a small, rural community in South Africa.  As we returned to the U.S., hoping to share our stories with family and friends back home, we found that photographs provided a medium to discuss our joys and challenges.

Here is a ‘snippet’ of our service—themes, learnings, and ultimately, human to human connections—through pictures. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jessica Vig”

Knox College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Knox alum Ben Taylor of O’Fallon, Ill., made a difference as an English education volunteer in Micronesia from 2012-14.
Knox alum Ben Taylor of O’Fallon, Ill., made a difference as an English education volunteer in Micronesia from 2012-14.

CHICAGO – For the second consecutive year, Knox College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. The school ranks No. 10 with 11 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 197 Knox graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Knox College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Knox College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer Catherine Cohen in Armenia.

CHICAGO – For the first time, Knox College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 13 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 10, up 43 spots from its 2013 position.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 192 Knox graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Knox College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Knox College celebrates 5 years of Peace Corps Preparatory Program

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Knox alum Luke Karner (left) discusses his Peace Corps service in Honduras alongside Jeff Wozencraft, another returned volunteer.
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Former Peace Corps Acting Director and Deputy Director Jody Olsen addresses Knox students, faculty, alumni, and community members at the conference.

A Peacebuilding Conference at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on April 12-13, 2013, celebrated the fifth anniversary of the college’s Peace Corps Prep Program, which offers a specialized curriculum and volunteer opportunities to prepare students for Peace Corps or other international service. Jody Olsen, former Peace Corps deputy director and acting director, gave a keynote address to attendees.  Continue reading “Knox College celebrates 5 years of Peace Corps Preparatory Program”

Knox College’s Peace Corps Prep Program sets students up for success overseas

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Knox College alumni Jeff Wozencraft advocated for composting and managed a garden at a youth center in his community in Cape Verde, where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2010 to 2012.

With its Peace Corps Preparatory Program, now celebrating its fifth anniversary, Knox College offers a specialized curriculum that prepares students for Peace Corps or other international service. By offering courses in international studies, education, and foreign language study, along with a community service project and a chance to study abroad, the program also opens students’ eyes to new opportunities to make a difference in Galesburg, Ill., and around the world.

One of those students is Jeff Wozencraft, who served two years as a business development Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde after completing the Prep Program and graduating from Knox in June 2010 with a degree in Spanish and Economics.

“I found the Peace Corps Prep Program my junior year, before I studied abroad,” he said. “Everything just came together. I was really interested in different cultures and languages, being a Spanish major. Prior to going to Knox, I had not thought about Peace Corps service.” Continue reading “Knox College’s Peace Corps Prep Program sets students up for success overseas”