The College of Wooster earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Eryn Greaney (center) has been serving as a health volunteer in Ghana since April 2015. She is a May 2014 graduate of The College of Wooster.
Eryn Greaney (center) has been serving as a health volunteer in Ghana since April 2015. She is a May 2014 graduate of The College of Wooster.

CHICAGO –The College of Wooster has earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, ranking No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are eight alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

This is the first year that college has made the annual list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Since the agency was created in 1961, 302Wooster alums have served overseas. Continue reading “The College of Wooster earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Carleton Colleges earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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Sarah Carter (center) graduated from Carleton College in June 2013 and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Ghana.

CHICAGO – Carleton College earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Schools list, claiming the No. 4 spot among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 13 Carleton graduates serving abroad.

This is the school’s fifth consecutive year on the list. Since the agency was created in 1961, 501 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 “Carleton Colleges earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Ten years in the making: Illinois native leaves for Peace Corps

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Theodore Vernon decided to join the Peace Corps a long time ago. It was a decision he made in the eighth grade after hearing the captivating tales of his teacher’s service in the Peace Corps during the 1960s.

Ten years later, he still holds on to that initial moment in the classroom, and on Oct. 2, Vernon will leave for the Peace Corps to begin his training as an agriculture advisor volunteer in Ghana. Continue reading “Ten years in the making: Illinois native leaves for Peace Corps”

Volunteers use film to tell the Peace Corps experience in Ghana

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As a natural resource management volunteer in Ghana from 2011-13, Austin C. Pruett helped a local school raise money through sustainable agricultural projects such as beekeeping, and he coordinated a collective of farmers to pool resources so members could produce and sell more cashews. Yet, it was in his secondary projects that the Chicago native was able to find his true calling. As a philosophy and digital cinema graduate from DePaul University, Pruett helped launch PCV Media, a committee of Peace Corps Ghana volunteers who created training videos and cultural documentaries to educate Ghanaians, volunteers and other Americans. Below, he describes his projects and how this work propelled his career. Do these videos inspire you to become a volunteer? Peace Corps is now accepting applications for health and community service assignments in Ghana: http://1.usa.gov/1KASsK8

How did video play a part of your service? What were you intentions/messages about Ghana as a whole and what were you were trying to portray with your videos?

I came to Ghana with the intention of making films, although when I was accepted into Peace Corps, I had very little experience making films on a professional level. I knew that coming to Africa would present a lot of opportunity for filmmaking and storytelling.

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Twenty years later, returned Peace Corps volunteer and Ghanaian renew friendship in Michigan

Peace Corps volunteers don’t just make friends for the two years they are in service; they make friends that expand continents and lifetimes. Continue reading “Twenty years later, returned Peace Corps volunteer and Ghanaian renew friendship in Michigan”

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”

University of Michigan earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Genevieve James, a 2011 graduate of U-M and Washington, D.C. native, began serving as a health, water, and sanitation volunteer in February 2013 in Ghana.
Genevieve James, a 2011 graduate of U-M and Washington, D.C. native, began serving as a health, water, and sanitation volunteer in February 2013 in Ghana.

CHICAGO – The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (U-M) has once again earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing large universities across the country. Currently, 51 U-M alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, putting the university at No. 8 on the list.

The university also ranked No. 5 on Peace Corps’ list of the top producing graduate schools. Continue reading “University of Michigan earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”