Carleton Colleges earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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Sarah Carter (center) graduated from Carleton College in June 2013 and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Ghana.

CHICAGO – Carleton College earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Schools list, claiming the No. 4 spot among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 13 Carleton graduates serving abroad.

This is the school’s fifth consecutive year on the list. Since the agency was created in 1961, 501 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 “Carleton Colleges earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Evansville, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Peru

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Henry Peyronnin, 24, of Evansville, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Peru May 6 to begin training as an environmental education volunteer. Peyronnin will live and work at the community level to teach environmental education to young people and develop environmental groups to promote the sustainable use of forest or marine resources, community reforestation and waste management. Continue reading “Evansville, Ind., resident begins Peace Corps service in Peru”

Peace Corps runs in the family for daughter, mother, grandmother

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Janet Pershing, Jan Larsen and Abby Pershing

As a kid, Abby Pershing thought she had the coolest mom. She grew up listening to her mother, Janet (Larsen) Pershing, speak Bambara, which sounded like secret-agent talk to Abby but is actually a language of Mali, where Janet served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1983-85.

Through her mother’s words and photos, Peace Corps seemed like a grand adventure, but Abby was able to see life as a volunteer up close when she visited her grandmother in Burkina Faso. Inspired by her daughter Janet, Jan Larsen also made a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, serving from 2010-12.

In February, Abby, of Rockville, Md., will follow in both of their footsteps and begin her own Peace Corps service in Senegal.

“I received my invitation to serve while on a trip with my grandmother, so she was the first to find out,” said Abby, who graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and public policy. “It was really special to share that with her. She is so excited that I am joining the Peace Corps, particularly given that Burkina Faso and Senegal are both in West Africa.” Continue reading “Peace Corps runs in the family for daughter, mother, grandmother”

Carleton College ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Carleton alum Paul Dimick of Northfield, Minn., makes a difference as health volunteer in Guatemala.
Carleton alum Paul Dimick of Northfield, Minn., makes a difference as health volunteer in Guatemala.

CHICAGO – Carleton College moved up to the No. 2 position on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 17 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school made its fourth consecutive appearance on the list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 496 Carleton graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Carleton College ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Northfield resident begins Peace Corps service in Guatemala

Dimick.Paul_GuatemalaPaul Dimick, 25, of Northfield, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guatemala July 29 to begin training as a health volunteer. Dimick will live and work at the community level to make a difference by promoting health education. He will work with his community to develop activities centering on maternal and child health and other topics.

Dimick is the son of Daniel and Cahrene Dimick and a 2008 graduate of Northfield High School in Northfield, Minn. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he earned a bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience in 2012.

“Carleton instilled in me a passion for service and an intellectual curiosity that will serve me well as a Peace Corps ­volunteer,” Dimick said. Continue reading “Northfield resident begins Peace Corps service in Guatemala”

Carleton College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer Laura Sofen in Panama.

CHICAGO – For the third year in a row, Carleton College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 16 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 3, up five spots from last year.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 489 Carleton graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Carleton College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Michigan Peace Corps Volunteer empowers women in Morocco to protect their health, achieve their goals

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Peace Corps Volunteer Larissa Naylor, center, with young Moroccan women at the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) camp she helped organize in April.

Several years ago, former Jackson, Mich., resident Larissa Naylor found herself at a crossroads in her life. She had been working as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., for nine years and felt it was time for a change both personally and professionally. “I was ready for a grand adventure that would challenge me in every way and make me more of the person I was meant to be,” she said.

In Peace Corps, she found that grand adventure. Since March 2011, Naylor, 38, has served as a community health volunteer in Morocco. Nearly completed with her service, she will return to the U.S. in August to reconnect with family and friends and apply the lessons and experiences she gained as she reenters the workforce. Continue reading “Michigan Peace Corps Volunteer empowers women in Morocco to protect their health, achieve their goals”