Macalester College moves to the No. 3 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Benjamin Lavin (center) has been serving as an XX volunteer in XX since June 2014. He graduated from Macalester in May 2014.
Benjamin Lavin (center) has been serving as a community economic development volunteer in Benin since June 2014. He graduated from Macalester in May 2014.

CHICAGO – Macalester College jumps to the No. 3 spot among small colleges on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Schools list, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 17 Macalester graduates serving abroad.

This year, the college moved up two spots from last year’s fifth place ranking. Since the agency was created in 1961, 368 Macalester 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 “Macalester College moves to the No. 3 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

David Goodloe served as an environment volunteer in Benin from 2004-05.

Facing challenges in Africa, volunteer embraced opportunity to be more conscious of his identity

David Goodloe served as an environment volunteer in Benin from 2004-05.
David Goodloe served as an environment volunteer in Benin from 2004-05.

As an African-American Peace Corps volunteer, David Goodloe had a lot of superficial notions about what going to Africa for the first time would mean. He imagined a vivid Hollywood-like scene: walking off the plane and being greeted with “Welcome home,” or “It’s so good to have you back.”

But upon arriving in Benin, Africa for his Peace Corps service, he quickly realized that the romanticized vision was not reality. Perhaps the hardest lesson Goodloe had to learn was that he didn’t fit in just because he shared the same skin tone as others in his village.   Continue reading “Facing challenges in Africa, volunteer embraced opportunity to be more conscious of his identity”

Limitless: How serving in the Peace Corps changed Michigan State recruiter

Erika Kraus (center) served in the Peace Corps as an environmental action volunteer from 2005-08. Now she works as the on-campus recruiter at Michigan State University.
Erika Kraus (center) served in the Peace Corps as an environmental action volunteer from 2005-08. Now she works as the on-campus recruiter at Michigan State University.

Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Erika Kraus carries her Peace Corps experience with her in all avenues of life. Now as the new on-campus Peace Corps recruiter at Michigan State University, Kraus uses her knowledge of the application process and her experience abroad to motivate and inspire students hoping to follow in her footsteps.

“By joining the Peace Corps, I entered another community with very different worldviews than my own,” said Kraus who served in Benin as an environmental action volunteer from 2005-08. “Through this experience, I have found that we all have much more in common than what we might think.” Continue reading “Limitless: How serving in the Peace Corps changed Michigan State recruiter”

North Ridgeville, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Benin

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Michael McGinty, 23, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Benin June 25 to begin training as an environmental education volunteer. McGinty will make a difference helping community members learn about the environment, sustainable agriculture, and agro-forestry projects.

McGinty is participating in Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows him to earn his master’s degree and complete Peace Corps service simultaneously. McGinty is currently pursuing his master’s in Resource Conservation with an option in International Conservation and Development from the University of Montana in Missoula.

“I found out about Master’s International through the Peace Corps website and personal research,” McGinty said. “As I was torn between doing Peace Corps or just graduate school, I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to combine both! I couldn’t be happier with how it has been going so far.” Continue reading “North Ridgeville, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Benin”