Oberlin College earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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Hannah Combe (left) has been serving as an education volunteer in Georgia since April 2014. She is a May 2013 graduate of Oberlin.

CHICAGO – Oberlin College has once again earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, ranking No. 14 among small universities for the second year in a row, the agency announced today. Currently, nine alumni are serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

For sixteen years, the college has made the annual list. Last year, the college leapt seven places moving up the rankings to the No. 14 spot. Since the agency was created in 1961, 548 Oberlin 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 “Oberlin College earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

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

Oberlin alum and Peace Corps volunteer Laura Jessee of Roanoke, Va., makes a difference as an agriculture volunteer in Ghana.
Oberlin alum and Peace Corps volunteer Laura Jessee of Roanoke, Va., makes a difference as an agriculture volunteer in Ghana.

CHICAGO – Oberlin College & Conservatory leapt seven places on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. Making the list for the 15th consecutive year, Oberlin ranks No. 14 among small schools with 10 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 546 Oberlin graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps provides an indispensable opportunity for young people out of college to put their unique skills to work making a difference for communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Volunteers make lasting change by living and working at the grassroots level in their communities of service and using their talents to tackle some of the most critical challenges in international development.” Continue reading “Oberlin College makes big jump on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

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Granville, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

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Hannah Combe, 23, of Granville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 20 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Combe will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English, while developing teaching materials with local teachers and getting involved in community-based projects.

“I want to live outside of U.S. culture, learn another language, and connect with people who are unlike me,” Combe said. Continue reading “Granville, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”

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

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Peace Corps Volunteer Sophia Weinmann, in Guinea

CHICAGO – For the fourteenth year in a row, Oberlin College & Conservatory has placed on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. With 11 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, Oberlin ranks No. 21 among small schools.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 542 Oberlin graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Oberlin College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Beekeeping co-op, environmental club keep Oberlin alum busy in Guinea

Cleveland resident Sophia Weinmann, 25, has been making a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea since November 2012. The Oberlin college grad (Environmental Studies and Biology, 2011) shares some highlights from her service so far and reflects on the role Oberlin played in bringing her to where she is now.

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I’m an agriculture and forestry volunteer. Some of my projects include: working with gardening co-operatives, reforestation/ tree nurseries, improving food security, beekeeping, environmental education, food preservation.

My largest project has been helping create a beekeeping co-operative in my community. We currently have 20 members. I just got a grant approved through Peace Corps to help make local practices more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and profitable by introducing new technologies and management techniques. The new tools include Kenyan top-bar hives, smokers, protective bee suits, etc.  Continue reading “Beekeeping co-op, environmental club keep Oberlin alum busy in Guinea”

Oberlin College earns high standing on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer and Oberlin alum Kathleen Wright with her host sister at a zoo in Ecuador.

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CHICAGO – For the thirteenth year in a row, Oberlin College & Conservatory has placed on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 20 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 4 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 536 Oberlin 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 Kathleen Wright, of Chicago, graduated from Oberlin in 2011 with a degree in Cinema Studies. As an English teacher volunteer in Ecuador, she is currently training teachers and helping students develop their skills through an English club. Wright is considering pursuing a graduate degree after service through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which provides returned Peace Corps volunteers attending select graduate schools with financial aid and internships in underserved American communities. Continue reading “Oberlin College earns high standing on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”