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”

Parents’ Love Story Inspires Daughter To Join Peace Corps

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Tracy’s parents were married in Colombia in 1980, nearly a year after meeting. Still married today, the two are proud to send their daughter to the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps has always been in Alexandra Tracy’s blood. For almost her entire life, her parents have replayed their love story for her – painting the picture of how they met in Colombia in 1978, when her father was a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Coming from two completely different worlds, Tracy’s father thirsted for adventure after graduating from college, and her mother, a Colombia resident, was looking for the same. It was during his pre-service training in Bogota, Colombia, when he was placed with a host family that he met the love of his life. Nearly a year later, the two were married in Colombia and they eventually forged a life together back in the U.S.

Their love story, amongst other things, inspired Tracy, 28, to serve also in Colombia with her husband.

“My husband (then fiancé) and I got the acceptance email on the same day. We applied together, but we weren’t at the same location. We were so happy that we called each other,” said the Michigan native. Continue reading “Parents’ Love Story Inspires Daughter To Join Peace Corps”

Creating healthy homes: Illinois native inspires families in Peru to adopt healthy behaviors

KHanson PC4When Kate Hanson, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, began planning her Healthy Homes project, meant to improve general health throughout her community, she anticipated participation from the families to wane throughout its eight-week duration. Other volunteers who had done similar projects told her many families lose motivation after a few weeks, with sometimes less than half completing the program.

However, Kate started with 54 families and ended with 54 families.

“When I look back on my service, the Healthy Homes project is definitely the project I am most proud of,” said Hanson, 25. “I think it speaks to the incredible team I was working with and the families themselves.” Continue reading “Creating healthy homes: Illinois native inspires families in Peru to adopt healthy behaviors”

University of Michigan earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Alexandra Soos, a 2015 University of Michigan alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. She is pictured here with her host brother during pre-service training.
Alexandra Soos, a 2015 University of Michigan alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. She is pictured here with her host brother during pre-service training.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (U-M) has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, the agency announced today. Currently, 48 U-M alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, putting the university at No. 6 on the 2016 list, up two spots from last year.

The university also ranked No. 2 on Peace Corps’ list of the top producing graduate schools.

U-M is the fourth all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers, with 2,640 Michigan alums having served since the agency was created in 1961.

“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 “University of Michigan earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Drake University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Peace Corps Director Carrie (right) visits volunteers in Ecuador. Claire Williamson (right) graduated from Drake University in XX.
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (right) visits volunteers in Ecuador. Claire Williamson (right) graduated from Drake University in May 2012.

CHICAGO – Drake University has made its debut on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, ranking No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are eight Drake alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

This is the first year that the university has made Peace Corps’ Top Colleges list. Since the agency was created in 1961, 269 Drake alums have served overseas.

“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 “Drake University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

U-M recruiter shares his Peace Corps experience with students

Benjamin Morse served in the Peace Corps as an environmental volunteer in Ethiopia from 2011-13. This year he maintains his role as the Peace Corps recruiter at the University of Michigan.
Benjamin Morse served in the Peace Corps as an environmental volunteer in Ethiopia from 2011-13. He now works as the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at the University of Michigan.

Benjamin Morse’s future changed the day he met with a Peace Corps recruiter on the campus of Colorado State University. He was shown a different kind of opportunity, and he never looked back.

Years later, after completing his own Peace Corps service in Ethiopia, Morse opens the same door for students at the University of Michigan (U-M) as an on-campus Peace Corps representative. Continue reading “U-M recruiter shares his Peace Corps experience with students”

Grad student inspires next generation of Peace Corps volunteers at U-M

Molly Green (far right) served as a community health volunteer in Morocco from 2011-13. Now she is one of the on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at the University of Michigan.

Molly Green (far right) served as a community health volunteer in Morocco from 2011-13. Now she is one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at the University of Michigan.

Having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, University of Michigan graduate student Molly Green knows first-hand how service work can change one’s life. Now, she is using those experiences and lessons to help other students see their future with Peace Corps.

Green, who is working towards a master’s degree in public health, joins Benjamin Morse, a dual-degree graduate student, as an on-campus Peace Corps recruiter. U-M students interested in Peace Corps have the unique opportunity to work with Green and Morse to find a program and country that fits their skills and experience and receive guidance that will make them standout in the competitive application process.   Continue reading “Grad student inspires next generation of Peace Corps volunteers at U-M”