Lansing, Michigan Resident Departs for Peace Corps Service

Green1Miles Green, 25, of Lansing, Michigan, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Green will work in secondary institutions, sports departments, and rehabilitation centers to provide Ukrainian youth from underserved communities with knowledge and skills to integrate into a global community and live healthy, meaningful lives.

“After looking into the Peace Corps and educating myself on the mission and focus, I quickly learned that this program would be the perfect challenge that would enable me to flex the skills I have acquired during my working career,” said Green. I also hope that I will be gaining valuable life experience while immersing myself in a new culture and sharing my own.”

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Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Michigan ranks No. 10 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 239 volunteers from Michigan currently serving worldwide, and 7,376 Michigan residents have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This year marks Michigan’s return to the top 10 rankings since their last appearance in 2013. Earlier this year, the University of Michigan ranked among the top 10 large undergraduate schools and top five graduate schools in producing the most Peace Corps volunteers. Michigan volunteers are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

On-Campus Recruiters Unite To Bring Peace Corps To Michigan State

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Emily Weiss is one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at Michigan State University.

While serving in the Peace Corps, Emily Weiss didn’t have a road map to success or a list tasks to mark off her check list each day. She didn’t have a “How-to Manual” on becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.

All Emily had was her passion and 27 months to make a lasting impact on her community in Guinea.

Two years removed from her Peace Corps service, Weiss is now one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at Michigan State University, where the Michigan resident obtained her bachelor’s degree in physiology in 2013. Continue reading “On-Campus Recruiters Unite To Bring Peace Corps To Michigan State”

Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently•serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.
Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently• serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, Michigan State University has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. With 33 Spartans currently making a difference around the world as volunteers, MSU ranks No. 22 among large universities nationwide on the 2016 list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 2,357 alums have served overseas, making Michigan State the No. 6 all-time producer of 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 “Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Southgate, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania

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Clayton Batko, 22, of Southgate, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tanzania on Feb. 7 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Batko will work at the community level to promote agricultural practices, raise awareness on environmental conservation practices and assist farmers on how to effectively manage their natural resources. He will also train farmers to use agricultural techniques that will improve overall crop production and encourage community members to establish vegetable gardens.

“The Peace Corps had always been a dream of mine ever since I learned about it in American history in high school,” said Batko. “I hoped to join after college and make a real difference abroad. It was a dream come true getting accepted into the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Southgate, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

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Name: Bryce Rinkenberger
Country of Service: Paraguay, 2011-2013
Assignment: Agriculture
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Limitless: How serving in the Peace Corps changed Michigan State recruiter

Erika Kraus (center) served in the Peace Corps as an environmental action volunteer from 2005-08. Now she works as the on-campus recruiter at Michigan State University.
Erika Kraus (center) served in the Peace Corps as an environmental action volunteer from 2005-08. Now she works as the on-campus recruiter at Michigan State University.

Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Erika Kraus carries her Peace Corps experience with her in all avenues of life. Now as the new on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at Michigan State University, Kraus uses her knowledge of the application process and her experience abroad to motivate and inspire students hoping to follow in her footsteps.

“By joining the Peace Corps, I entered another community with very different worldviews than my own,” said Kraus who served in Benin as an environmental action volunteer from 2005-08. “Through this experience, I have found that we all have much more in common than what we might think.” Continue reading “Limitless: How serving in the Peace Corps changed Michigan State recruiter”