Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

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Name: Bryce Rinkenberger
Country of Service: Paraguay, 2011-2013
Assignment: Agriculture
Recruitment Territory: West Michigan Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger”

Calvin College debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Calvin alum James Dykstra of Kalamazoo, Mich., began serving as an environmental education volunteer in 2013 in Mexico.
Calvin alum James Dykstra of Kalamazoo, Mich., began serving as an environmental education volunteer in 2013 in Mexico.

CHICAGO – Calvin College made its first appearance on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With nine graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university ranks No. 20 this year among small schools nationwide.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 197 Calvin graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The list has been announced yearly since 2001. Continue reading “Calvin College debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Calvin College graduate happy to give up modern conveniences for simple life as a Peace Corps volunteer

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Caitlin Saupe, 23, of Lewis Center, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique Sept. 24 to begin training as an education volunteer. Saupe will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching general science, biology, chemistry and physics. In addition to teaching, Saupe will integrate health and environmental education into the classroom and will engage in other school and community activities. .

“I foresee my service in the Peace Corps igniting my desire to continuing serving in other communities and countries,” Saupe said.

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Peace Corps service helped Calvin College alum clarify his purpose

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Peace Corps Volunteer David John Coleman, in his community in Ecuador.

While attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., Chicago resident David John Coleman first discovered a path to helping people, earning his bachelor’s degree in Christian Youth Faith Development in 2006. His time in college also provided him with a global perspective and curiosity about the world.

“Calvin College is highly focused on international concerns and social justice issues,” Coleman said. “We incorporate such issues into the basic curriculum and community service projects, and many of the leaders at Calvin College have connections and projects in other countries and the indigent or oppressed populations.”

These experiences helped put Coleman on the path to Peace Corps. He worked with a professor to organize an independent study on a group of orphans in Kenya, and later, his resident director introduced him to AmeriCorps. He began investigating his options and discovered Peace Corps and, with it, another way to truly make a difference. “I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do with my life,” he said. Continue reading “Peace Corps service helped Calvin College alum clarify his purpose”

Portage, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mexico

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James Dykstra, 24, of Portage, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mexico Aug. 26 to begin training as an environmental education and community outreach volunteer. Dykstra will live and work in a community to develop and promote community-based ecotourism and other income-generating activities for communities living near protected areas.

“I’m motivated by a thirst for adventure and a desire to serve abroad,” Dykstra said.

Dykstra is the son of Chuck and Marcia Dykstra and a 2007 graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School in Kalamazoo, Mich. He then attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering in 2011.  Continue reading “Portage, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mexico”