Notre Dame, UT alums root for their teams from Peace Corps Peru

Matt Keenan is a 2013 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a current Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. He is pictured, left, with a man in his local community that he spotted wearing a Notre Dame jacket.
Matt Keenan is a 2013 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a current Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. He is pictured, left, with a man in his local community that he spotted wearing a Notre Dame jacket.

In honor of this weekend’s season opener between the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas – two schools that are Peace Corps powerhouses as well as football powerhouses – we’re highlighting two alumni fans who are far from home but keeping school pride in their hearts. Matt Keenan, Notre Dame ’13, and Brittany McGee, UT ’11, are currently making a difference as Peace Corps volunteers in Peru. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less excited about the upcoming game – the first time UT and Notre Dame have played since 1996.

“I am a huge college football fan!” Keenan said. “Growing up in South Bend there was a stretch of 13 years where I never missed a home Notre Dame game. Missing games is one of the toughest things about the Peace Corps for me.” Continue reading “Notre Dame, UT alums root for their teams from Peace Corps Peru”

Peace Corps and University of Notre Dame Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Rachel Chisausky is a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame and currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodai.
Rachel Chisausky is a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame and currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia.

CHICAGO – The Peace Corps and the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health 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 underserved 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 Notre Dame to support our returned volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and University of Notre Dame Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Notre Dame earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Notre Dame alum Marilyn Blasingame of Belvidere, Ill., began serving as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Mongolia in June 2013.
Notre Dame alum Marilyn Blasingame, third from right, began serving as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Mongolia in June 2013.

CHICAGO – For the fifteenth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. The school ranks at No. 24 with 13 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 878 Notre Dame graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Notre Dame earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Holidays in the Peace Corps, Part 2

As a Peace Corps volunteer, the holiday season allows Americans to truly integrate into another culture while participating in their host country’s traditions and customs. Below, a few volunteers describe what it’s like to serve in the Peace Corps during the holidays.

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Kory Funk, PCV
Tanzania, Health Education 2012-15
Grove City, Ohio
Ohio State University, 2010, English

Spending the holidays with my Tanzanian counterparts gives me an opportunity to share American traditions while also experiencing aspects of Tanzanian culture that I’d otherwise not be able to. I remember my first New Year’s Eve in country, when many of the village youth crowded the market, waiting to count down the New Year while listening on the radio.

Continue reading “Holidays in the Peace Corps, Part 2”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Meghan Costello

Name: Meghan Costello
Country of Service: Rwanda, 2010-12
Assignment: English Education
Recruitment Territory: Online Events as well as at University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College.  Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Meghan Costello”

[VIDEO] The Life of a Peace Corps Volunteer – Rachel Chisausky – Part 2

IMGP2184While a student at the University of Notre Dame, Rachel Chisausky knew she wanted to go to medical school, but an adviser suggested she take a bit of time off between. She looked into a few programs, but she fell in love with the idea of Peace Corps – true immersion into another culture.

Chisausky is currently serving as a health extension volunteer in Cambodia, beginning in 2013. The Peotone, Ill., native graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.

Continue reading “[VIDEO] The Life of a Peace Corps Volunteer – Rachel Chisausky – Part 2”

VIDEO: Peace Corps health volunteer finds life in Cambodia brings simple pleasures, unexpected rewards

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Rachel Chisausky’s world opened up when she joined the Peace Corps. She made new friends, learned a language and fully embraced an unfamiliar culture. In turn, she found family and a home in rural Cambodia.

Chisausky, a native of Peotone, Ill., graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She has been making a difference as a health extension volunteer in Cambodia since 2013.  Continue reading “VIDEO: Peace Corps health volunteer finds life in Cambodia brings simple pleasures, unexpected rewards”