Macalester College moves to the No. 3 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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Benjamin Lavin (center) has been serving as a community economic development volunteer in Benin since June 2014. He graduated from Macalester in May 2014.

CHICAGO – Macalester College jumps to the No. 3 spot among small colleges on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Schools list, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 17 Macalester graduates serving abroad.

This year, the college moved up two spots from last year’s fifth place ranking. Since the agency was created in 1961, 368 Macalester 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 “Macalester College moves to the No. 3 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Minnesota woman follows brother into Peace Corps service

Worman_ZambiaMargaret Worman, 23, of Moorhead, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia June 8 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Worman will live and work at the community level to raise awareness about health education, teaching basic nutrition and sanitation, prevention of non-communicable diseases, child and maternal health, oral re-hydration, and prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

“During my Peace Corps service, I hope I will further my understanding of global health issues and continue to develop interpersonal skills,” Worman said. “I am most excited about the opportunity to learn from and develop relationships with people in my community.” Continue reading “Minnesota woman follows brother into Peace Corps service”

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

Macalester alum Cassie Veach served as a Peace Corps municipal and community development volunteer in Niger from 2010-11 and as a clinic and health team volunteer in Botswana from 2011-13.
Macalester alum Cassie Veach served as a Peace Corps municipal and community development volunteer in Niger from 2010-11 and as a clinic and health team volunteer in Botswana from 2011-13.

CHICAGO – Macalester College again this year appears on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. The school ranks No. 5 with 15 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, earning the school a spot on the list for the 10th consecutive year.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 363 Macalester graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Macalester College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Meet your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Brian Green

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Name: Brian Green
Country of Service: Costa Rica, 2003-05
Assignment: Rural Community Development
Recruitment Territory: Minnesota, South Dakota

Why were you interested in serving?
I’ve always had a volunteering spirit. After studying abroad in Mexico, I developed a love for international travel as well. Once I learned that Peace Corps combined these two passions I was hooked.

What did you enjoy most about your country of service?
I was very close with my host family during the three months of training; they treated me like one of their own. It was a house filled with lots of love, food and jokes. Even after I moved away to officially start my two years of service, I often returned to visit them. My American family came to visit during my service, and I took them to meet my Costa Rican family. While my American family spoke no Spanish, it was obvious to them that I was in good hands.

Continue reading “Meet your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Brian Green”

Wisconsin Peace Corps volunteer finds the rhythms of a new way of life in Cameroon

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Peace Corps Volunteer Clare MacMillen with her friend Rose on Cameroon’s Independence Day.

Clare MacMillen of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., recently wrote an article for her hometown paper, the Door County Advocate, about her Peace Corps service so far. After graduating from Macalester College, a top college for Peace Corps volunteers, MacMillen started her Peace Corps service in Cameroon in September 2013. We’ve reprinted the article with permission from Clare and the Door County Advocate: http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20140618/ADV01/306170419/The-view-from-Cameroon

Dusk is my favorite time of day in Pitoa, North Cameroon. The oppressive heat of the afternoon is shooed away by the evening breeze, neighbors greet one another as they return home from the onion and sorghum fields, and the steadily darkening sky is punctuated by the flickering lights of cooking fires.

This is the time of day when I feel the most relaxed and comfortable in my new community — less like a foreigner and Peace Corps Volunteer and more like a friend, neighbor, and peer. As I walk along the dusty road to my compound, I pause and greet the elderly men who rest beneath the lengthening shade of the neem trees. “Allah hoku djam.” “God give you strength.” Continue reading “Wisconsin Peace Corps volunteer finds the rhythms of a new way of life in Cameroon”

Macalester College makes big jump on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteers Becky Roberts and Emilie Schur are both Macalester alums currently serving in Mexico.

CHICAGO – Macalester College surged 15 positions to No. 3 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 earned a spot on the rankings for the ninth consecutive year.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 356 Macalester graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Macalester College makes big jump on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

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

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Peace Corps Volunteer Kaija Bergen, a Macalester alum, sips coconut milk in Cambodia.

CHICAGO – For the eighth year in a row, Macalester College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 15 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 18 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 350 Macalester graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

“Every year, graduates of colleges and universities across the United States are making a difference in communities overseas through Peace Corps service,” said Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Peace Corps Volunteer, Western Samoa, 1981-83). “As a result of the top-notch education they receive, these graduates are well prepared for the challenge of international service. They become leaders in their host communities and carry the spirit of service and leadership back with them when they return home.”

Peace Corps Volunteer Kaija Bergen, of Fort Collins, Colo., graduated from Macalester in May 2011 with a degree in International Studies and English. As an education volunteer currently serving in Cambodia, Bergen teaches English to college students in training to become primary school teachers. She also teamed up with another Peace Corps volunteer to teach students 20 hands-on science experiments that the students, in turn, shared with incoming new students – a strategy that guarantees Bergen’s work is sustainable and will continue to make a difference after she finishes service. Continue reading “Macalester College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”