UW- Eau Claire announces new Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 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.

“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, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “UW- Eau Claire announces new Peace Corps Prep Program”

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.
Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.

CHICAGO – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is making its first appearance on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 13 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university ranks No. 24 this year among medium schools nationwide.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 347 UW-Eau Claire graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The list has been announced yearly since 2001. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.
Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.

CHICAGO – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is making its first appearance on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 13 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university ranks No. 24 this year among medium schools nationwide.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 347 UW-Eau Claire graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The list has been announced yearly since 2001. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Middleton, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines

Phelps.Heather_Philippines

Heather Phelps, 24, of Middleton, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Philippines July 5 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Phelps will live and work in a community to engage the local residents in a wide variety of outreach projects concerning at-risk children or youth, adult literacy, health or HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, development of libraries and resource centers, and information technology.

“My family enjoys traveling very much, so I have been interested in other cultures and countries my entire life.  For me, working in the Peace Corps has always been a way to gain a clearer understanding of another way of life while making a worthwhile difference in the world and presenting a positive view of America to other parts of the globe,” Phelps said. Continue reading “Middleton, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines”

Married Wisconsin Rapids residents to depart for Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan

Nelson.MatthewandOlivia_Azerbaijan

For Wisconsin Rapids residents Olivia and Matthew Nelson, making a difference in the Peace Corps is a years-long dream finally coming true. The married couple will depart April 4 to begin 27 months of service in Azerbaijan.

“Joining the Peace Corps was something we really cultivated together,” Olivia said. “My parents have always encouraged travel and volunteering; when I met Matthew, we discovered it was something we both were passionate to do together. Since we met over six years ago, the Peace Corps has always been a focus and goal for both of us.”

The Nelsons have lived in Eau Claire since college but returned home to Wisconsin Rapids several months ago to spend time with family before their departure. Olivia, the daughter of Ruth and Tim Krueger, graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids in 2007. Matthew is the son of John and Rae Ann Nelson and a 2006 graduate of John Edwards High School in Port Edwards. Continue reading “Married Wisconsin Rapids residents to depart for Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan”