Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students

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With a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of California Los Angeles, Allie Simpson is ready to inspire the next generation of Peace Corps Volunteers as the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter. After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Simpson departed for the Peace Corps in 2013 and served as a HIV outreach project Volunteer in South Africa until 2015.

Now, Simpson embarks on her first year of graduate school at Wash U, where she is studying social work with a concentration in children, youth and families, specializing in system dynamics.

“After studying international development for four years in college, I was tired of learning about the failures in development on a large-scale, so I wanted to get involved on a smaller scale, working in partnership with a community to understand their needs and help make a change,” Simpson said. “I believed the Peace Corps’ method was the most sustainable and effective way to make a difference. I was also obsessed with adventure and learning new cultures and couldn’t resist applying.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students”

Peace Corps and Washington University in St. Louis Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and Washington University in St. Louis today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers working towards their master’s degree in social work and public health. All Fellows will complete internships, known as a practicum, in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with the Brown School at Washington University to support our returned volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and Washington University in St. Louis Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

New Wash U Peace Corps recruiter arrives to campus

Marissa Cohen (center) served in Ecuador from 2013-15 as a youth and family development volunteer. She now works as the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at Washington University - St. Louis.
Marissa Cohen (center) works as the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at Washington University – St. Louis. She served in Ecuador from 2013-15 as a youth and family development volunteer.

Marissa Cohen knows the doubts and uncertainties that race through students’ minds when considering and applying for Peace Corps. As a returned volunteer from Ecuador, Cohen understands the questions and apprehensions Washington University – St. Louis students may have about Peace Corps, and she wants to be their voice of reassurance.

“I want to encourage others to join the Peace Corps and share my personal experience to give a better idea of what the Peace Corps is like,” said the St. Louis native. “As an applicant, I recall wanting to have the opportunity to talk with someone about their experience to understand what I was getting myself into.” Continue reading “New Wash U Peace Corps recruiter arrives to campus”

Washington University earns spot Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools ranking

Laura Getz of Medina, Ohio, began serving as a youth development volunteer in Costa Rica in July 2013.
Laura Getz of Medina, Ohio, began serving as a youth development volunteer in Costa Rica in July 2013.

CHICAGO – Washington University takes the 19th spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities. Currently, 14 Wash U alums are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, and this is the fourth consecutive year that the university has appeared on the list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 559 Wash U graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Washington University earns spot Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools ranking”

Hoffman Estates, Ill., native joins Peace Corps to make an impact

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Wunipiti (Pete) Vinotai, 22, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Thailand Jan. 9 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Vinotai will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching English in middle and high schools. He will also develop and share teaching materials with local teachers and participate in community and school projects.

“The idea of spending two years devoted to volunteer work and serving my country as a positive representative at the same time was immensely appealing to me,” Vinotai said. “I decided upon the Peace Corps specifically since it is a well-known organization that has made incredible impacts internationally. I am excited for this opportunity to gain an enriching experience and make a difference in the world. “ Continue reading “Hoffman Estates, Ill., native joins Peace Corps to make an impact”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Joe Zucchini

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Name: Joe Zucchini
Country of Service: Micronesia, 1990-92; Zambia 1997-99
Assignment: Education; Water/Sanitation
Recruitment Territory: St. Louis, Mo. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Joe Zucchini”

WashU graduate student helps other students redefine their future with Peace Corps

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Washington University in St. Louis students planning for the future should take advantage of a unique resource on campus this year: university-dedicated Peace Corps representative Kendall Simmons. From her office in Career Center Suite 110, Simmons is available to share her experience and accomplishments living and working abroad in a new culture, as well as help explain Peace Corps’ new application process. In under an hour, Wash U students can now apply to Peace Corps and choose the specific countries and assignments they’d like to be considered for, giving them greater control as they plan their careers and chart a path toward making a difference for others and themselves.

“Wash is so lucky to have someone they can always reach out to when they have questions,” Simmons said. “When I was applying, we were fortunate enough at my college to have a recruiter hold an information session but there were times when I had concerns/questions and had to either call or email someone I didn’t know. At Wash U, we have a constant Peace Corps presence for potential applicants and can build relationships with our students so they feel comfortable coming to me with their questions.” Continue reading “WashU graduate student helps other students redefine their future with Peace Corps”