On-Campus Recruiters Unite To Bring Peace Corps To Michigan State

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Emily Weiss is one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at Michigan State University.

While serving in the Peace Corps, Emily Weiss didn’t have a road map to success or a list tasks to mark off her check list each day. She didn’t have a “How-to Manual” on becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.

All Emily had was her passion and 27 months to make a lasting impact on her community in Guinea.

Two years removed from her Peace Corps service, Weiss is now one of the two on-campus Peace Corps recruiters at Michigan State University, where the Michigan resident obtained her bachelor’s degree in physiology in 2013. Continue reading “On-Campus Recruiters Unite To Bring Peace Corps To Michigan State”

East China Township, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Guinea

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Alex Price, 25, of East China Township, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guinea July 1 to begin training as a secondary school science teacher. Price will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching basic science concepts to secondary school students. In addition to classroom teaching, Price will also engage in other school and community activities.

“I have always had a passion for other cultures and travelling,” Price said. “The Peace Corps allows me to use my passions for education and other cultures. It’s a perfect fit.” Continue reading “East China Township, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Guinea”

Oberlin College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer Sophia Weinmann, in Guinea

CHICAGO – For the fourteenth year in a row, Oberlin College & Conservatory has placed on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. With 11 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, Oberlin ranks No. 21 among small schools.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 542 Oberlin graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Oberlin College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Washington University moves up on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteer Lane Goodman in Guinea.

CHICAGO – In its third consecutive appearance on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities, Washington University continues to climb up the rankings. With 21 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 13, up five spots from last year.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 554 Wash U graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Washington University moves up on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

University of Wisconsin-Madison reclaims No. 1 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank accepts a framed Rockwell print from Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet after the school was announced as No. 1 in the nation for producing Peace Corps volunteers.

CHICAGO – For the first time in eight years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is once again Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing university in the country. With 90 alumni currently serving overseas as volunteers, the school earns the No. 1 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings, a position it held from 2001 to 2006 and has been working to reclaim ever since.

Long one of the nation’s greatest resources of alumni committed to making a difference, UW-Madison is also the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. More than 3,112 Badgers have served since the agency was created in 1961. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison reclaims No. 1 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Beekeeping co-op, environmental club keep Oberlin alum busy in Guinea

Cleveland resident Sophia Weinmann, 25, has been making a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea since November 2012. The Oberlin college grad (Environmental Studies and Biology, 2011) shares some highlights from her service so far and reflects on the role Oberlin played in bringing her to where she is now.

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I’m an agriculture and forestry volunteer. Some of my projects include: working with gardening co-operatives, reforestation/ tree nurseries, improving food security, beekeeping, environmental education, food preservation.

My largest project has been helping create a beekeeping co-operative in my community. We currently have 20 members. I just got a grant approved through Peace Corps to help make local practices more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and profitable by introducing new technologies and management techniques. The new tools include Kenyan top-bar hives, smokers, protective bee suits, etc.  Continue reading “Beekeeping co-op, environmental club keep Oberlin alum busy in Guinea”

Whitewater, Wis., ranks No. 10 among metro areas per capita in producing Peace Corps volunteers

CHICAGO — With eight local residents currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, Whitewater, Wis., including surrounding towns such as Walworth, Delavan Elkhorn, ranks No. 10 this year among metropolitan areas for producing the most Peace Corps volunteers, per capita.

Whitewater generated 7. 8 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 residents. By comparison, the state of Wisconsin produces 3.7 Peace Corps volunteers per capita.

Wisconsin is No. 12 among states in total number of current Peace Corps volunteers, with 213 of its residents making a difference in communities overseas. Continue reading “Whitewater, Wis., ranks No. 10 among metro areas per capita in producing Peace Corps volunteers”