Kenyon College announces new Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps and Kenyon College have announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

Kenyon College students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in the fall semester of 2016.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Kenyon College can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Kenyon College announces new Peace Corps Prep Program”

Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Danny Livengood

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Name: Danny Livengood
Country of Service: Malawi, 2007-09
Assignment: Education
Recruitment Territory: Columbus, Ohio Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Danny Livengood”

Using mobile technology, Kentucky Peace Corps volunteer helps Ghana cashew farmers boost business

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Peace Corps volunteer Michael Underwood talks with community members at Ghana’s first-ever cashew festival.

Peace Corps volunteer Michael Underwood of Pineville, Ky., is helping cashew farmers in his community in Ghana use mobile technology to boost production and improve their business. Giving local farmers the tools to map their farms and better track sales of cashews enables them to identify operational efficiencies and ensure fair prices.

Underwood is one of a number of volunteers working on the effort, known as the Peace Corps Ghana Cashew Initiative. He is also one of more than 1,265 Peace Corps volunteers bringing important food security messages and practices to the grassroots level through the Feed the Future program. Underwood represented Peace Corps at the Feed the Future Global Forum in Crystal City, Va., and shared his experiences with some of the 300 global leaders attending who drive the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Continue reading “Using mobile technology, Kentucky Peace Corps volunteer helps Ghana cashew farmers boost business”

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

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Peace Corps Volunteer Peter Frank in Ecuador.

CHICAGO – For the second year in a row, Kenyon College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. With 13 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, Kenyon ranks No. 10 among small schools.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 222 Kenyon graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Kenyon College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Illinois, Chicago rank as top producers of Peace Corps volunteers in 2013

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Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Hoster of Lemont, Ill., poses with her host mother after a teacher training in Nicaragua.

CHICAGO — Illinois again this year ranks among the top-producing states for Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 300 Peace Corps volunteers call Illinois home, making it No. 6 among all states and No. 1 in the Midwest.

Within Illinois, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metro area is home to 239 active Peace Corps volunteers, and Chicagoland is the fourth-highest producer of Peace Corps volunteers this year among metropolitan areas. On the whole, 4.2 percent of all current Peace Corps volunteers are from Illinois. Continue reading “Illinois, Chicago rank as top producers of Peace Corps volunteers in 2013”

Kenyon College returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Kenyon alum Sam Hoeffler poses with her host family in Senegal, where she is serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

CHICAGO – Kenyon College jumped 23 spots this year to return to 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, an increase of one volunteer over last year, the school ranks No. 8 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 220 Kenyon 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 Samantha Hoeffler, of Lexington, Ohio, graduated from Kenyon in 2009 with a degree in International Studies. As an agriculture volunteer currently serving in Senegal, her daily work varies widely, but might include helping at school gardens, sharing and educating on nutrition initiatives, or participating in field crop training. Continue reading “Kenyon College returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”