University of Illinois Peace Corps recruiter brings his service to campus

Robert Sarwark (far right) was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Cape Verde from 2008-10. Now he is the on-campus recruiter at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).
Robert Sarwark (far right) was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Cape Verde from  2008-10. Now he works as the on-campus recruiter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Any current or returned Peace Corps volunteer can recite the three goals of Peace Corps: to share skills with people in the developing world, to teach those people about the U.S. and to teach people back home about people of those countries.

But for the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter Rob Sarwark, the final goal – the Third Goal – isn’t just an idea forgotten at the end of a conversation, or even at the end of his service. For Sarwark, and many other returned volunteers, the Third Goal is an idea worth upholding. Continue reading “University of Illinois Peace Corps recruiter brings his service to campus”

Knox College’s Peace Corps Prep Program sets students up for success overseas

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Knox College alumni Jeff Wozencraft advocated for composting and managed a garden at a youth center in his community in Cape Verde, where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2010 to 2012.

With its Peace Corps Preparatory Program, now celebrating its fifth anniversary, Knox College offers a specialized curriculum that prepares students for Peace Corps or other international service. By offering courses in international studies, education, and foreign language study, along with a community service project and a chance to study abroad, the program also opens students’ eyes to new opportunities to make a difference in Galesburg, Ill., and around the world.

One of those students is Jeff Wozencraft, who served two years as a business development Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde after completing the Prep Program and graduating from Knox in June 2010 with a degree in Spanish and Economics.

“I found the Peace Corps Prep Program my junior year, before I studied abroad,” he said. “Everything just came together. I was really interested in different cultures and languages, being a Spanish major. Prior to going to Knox, I had not thought about Peace Corps service.” Continue reading “Knox College’s Peace Corps Prep Program sets students up for success overseas”