University of Wisconsin – Madison leads Volunteers to Peace Corps Agriculture

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Rita Argus (center) recently completed her service as an agriculture volunteer in Senegal.

Joining the Peace Corps was a natural next step for Rita Argus and Daniel Stevenson after they earned their degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Whether it was through study abroad programs or in-the-field agriculture experiences, the students found their inspiration through different facets within the institution.

But their Wisconsin values were a constant.

“Classroom wise, professors often talked about ‘The Wisconsin Idea’ – the thought that what we are learning in the classroom should be applicable to real world situations,” Argus said. “I think this has conditioned me to better apply what I learned to help with problems and challenges I am encountering here.” Continue reading “University of Wisconsin – Madison leads Volunteers to Peace Corps Agriculture”

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda

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Peace Corps Volunteers know that service isn’t a bucket list item; it’s a life-long dedication. Once you are part of the Peace Corps family, you are always a member. No one knows that better than Lindsay Carrera, a Hartland, Wisconsin, native who recently completed her service in Uganda.

“I have always wanted to do Peace Corps – since I was young,” Carrera said, “I love learning about people and trying to help. It was an educational experience.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda”

Madison resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia

Mary Chandler (center) will depart for Peace Corps service in Georgia on April 18.
Mary Chandler (center) will depart for Peace Corps service in Georgia on April 18.

Mary Chandler, 64, of Madison, Wisconsin, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia on April 18 to begin training as a community development advisor. Chandler will work at the community level to help improve employability, financial literacy, management, marketing and networking skills at local organizations. She will also work with non-governmental organizations and not-for-profit groups to improve her community’s standard of living.

“I wanted to spend some of my time giving back. I’m at a new beginning in life,” Chandler said. “I recently sold a company that engaged me daily for many, many years. At a crossroad, I decided to take the path that led me to this new adventure.” Continue reading “Madison resident begins Peace Corps service in Georgia”

Returned Peace Corps volunteer brings Nicaraguan values home

Alison Feurerstein (center right) at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with her parents and husband.

Joining the Peace Corps was a jumping-off point for Alison Feurerstein. Two service-filled years in Nicaragua propelled the Madison, Wis. native into a dynamic public health career, opened her eyes to a new culture and led her to her life partner.

But Feurerstein found more than just love within the Nicaraguan culture – Peace Corps changed her perspective on family, community and relationships. When looking back, it all started with the leap.

“My current job is building on my Peace Corps experience and giving me a more local look at public health and health disparities,” said Feurerstein, who worked in Nicaragua from 2013-15 as a health education volunteer. “Peace Corps was my launching off point towards a career in public health.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps volunteer brings Nicaraguan values home”

Peace Corps volunteer educates Tanzanian students through open discussion

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Dating is not something that students in the rural villages of Tanzania would confess to doing; often times admitting so could lead to expulsion or a beating by an adult. Asking questions about sex is off-limits as well, but from her classroom in Tanzania, Peace Corps volunteer Steph Wester challenged these restrictions and fostered openness during her two years of international service.

“To end every class, I told the students that they could ask me anything they wanted about sex,” Wester said. “‘I’m not going to hit you, I’m not going to tell anyone,’ I would say.” Continue reading “Peace Corps volunteer educates Tanzanian students through open discussion”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.
Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.

CHICAGO – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has maintained its position as the nation’s No. 2 producer of Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Currently, 68 Badgers are making a difference around the world as volunteers.

UW-Madison has made the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list every year since the ranking system began in 2001 and held the No. 1 spot for six years from 2001 to 2006, as well as in 2014.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 3,184 alums have served overseas, making UW-Madison also the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg

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“People join Peace Corps for many, many reasons. My reasoning for joining was really quite selfish. I was so turned to Peace Corps knowing it would allow me to experience the ups and downs of living in a foreign land, to learn a new language, and to really explore the caverns of my shifty mind.”
– July 8, 2006, Jason Lemberg, Peace Corps Blog

Name: Jason Lemberg
Country of Service: Kyrgyz Republic, 2006-08
Assignment: Secondary English Education
Recruitment Territory: Wisconsin Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Jason Lemberg”