Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and the Indiana University School of Public Health –  Bloomington have announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in under-served American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with IU School of Public Health- Bloomington to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will be available to students pursing a master’s of public health (MPH) degree. Students in the program have the opportunity to study in the areas of biostatistics, environmental health, physical activity, or professional health education. Continue reading “Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Indiana University makes big jump on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Jennifer Wininger is serving in Thailand as an education volunteer since January 2015. She is a 2007 graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington.
Jennifer Wininger is serving in Thailand as an education volunteer since January 2015. She is a 2007 graduate of Indiana University – Bloomington.

CHICAGO – For the third consecutive year, Indiana University Bloomington has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. IU moved up 13 positions to No. 7 among large universities nationwide, with 47 Hoosiers currently making a difference around the world as volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,653 IU alums have served overseas with Peace Corps.

“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 “Indiana University makes big jump on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

From Alpha Phi Alpha to Peace Corps, IU grad student dedicates life to service

Donovan Wright, left, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda from 2012-14.
Donovan Wright, left, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda from 2012-14.

Donovan Wright was raised to believe in service. From Alpha Phi Alpha to Peace Corps, serving others is how Wright wants to spend his life.

As a student at Bradley University, Wright was initiated into the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and then served as a community health volunteer in Peace Corps Rwanda, from 2012-2014. The two service-oriented organizations are partnered to encourage Alpha Phi Alpha members to take their passion for service to a community in need overseas. For Wright, being a dedicated member of both organizations has ingrained in him values that now represent who he is as a person. Continue reading “From Alpha Phi Alpha to Peace Corps, IU grad student dedicates life to service”

Indiana volunteer fundraises for students to attend business conference in Nicaragua

Thomas Pearson has been serving as an entrepreneurship education volunteer in Nicaragua since March of 2014. He teaches in four different schools throughout Nicaragua.
Thomas Pearson has been serving as an entrepreneurship education volunteer in Nicaragua since March of 2014. He teaches in four different schools throughout Nicaragua.

Thomas Pearson knows that his Peace Corps service in Nicaragua is much more than the two years he spends in country. To make a true lasting impact, he is leading, coaching and inspiring the people who have the power to ignite change: students.

With the help of a Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) grant, Pearson and other Nicaraguan Peace Corps volunteers are raising money to help send students in their entrepreneurial classes to a national business conference. The PCPP grants support Peace Corps volunteers’ projects throughout the world. To receive funding, a community must contribute at least 25 percent of the total project’s cost to ensure community ownership and long-term sustainability. Pearson’s goal is to raise $14,196.34 to send students to the conference on Nov. 16-18. Continue reading “Indiana volunteer fundraises for students to attend business conference in Nicaragua”

Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana

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Name: Angela Hamilton
Country of Service: Dominican Republic, 2006-2009
Peace Corps Response: Guatemala, 2013-2014
Recruitment Territory: Kentucky, Southern Indiana Continue reading “Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana”

From Peace Corps to Congress, Driehaus commits career to service

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When Steve Driehaus’ term as a U.S. Representative for Ohio ended, he knew it was time for him to return to the field of international development along with the agency and continent that launched his career. It was time for him to go back to Peace Corps and back to Africa.

Driehaus has spent most of his life serving others, both as a Peace Corps volunteer and member of Congress. Now, he continues to make a difference in the lives of Americans and people abroad leading and managing the Peace Corps program in Swaziland as country director.

Growing up in Cincinnati, Driehaus’ parents imparted a passion and expectation of helping others. He later became interested in international travel while studying in Luxembourg during his junior year at Miami University of Ohio and wanted to live in a developing country to really experience its culture. Peace Corps was an ideal fit for him.

Continue reading “From Peace Corps to Congress, Driehaus commits career to service”

Munster, Ind., native begins Peace Corps service in Peru

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Emily Clark, 27, of Munster, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Peru May 6 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Clark will live and work at the community level training and advising entrepreneurs and managers in business planning, marketing, financial management and product design.

“I’m motivated by a desire to live in, and experience firsthand, a foreign culture – in which hopefully, I could give back and make a difference in others’ lives,” Clark said. Continue reading “Munster, Ind., native begins Peace Corps service in Peru”