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

Alexandra Soos, a 2015 University of Michigan alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. She is pictured here with her host brother during pre-service training.
Alexandra Soos, a 2015 University of Michigan alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. She is pictured here with her host brother during pre-service training.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (U-M) has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, the agency announced today. Currently, 48 U-M alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, putting the university at No. 6 on the 2016 list, up two spots from last year.

The university also ranked No. 2 on Peace Corps’ list of the top producing graduate schools.

U-M is the fourth all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers, with 2,640 Michigan alums having served since the agency was created in 1961.

“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 “University of Michigan earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Tulane University earns top spot among graduate schools on Peace Corps’ annual rankings

Alexandra Ernst iscurrently attending Tulane University as part of Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows her to earn a master’s degree in global health systems and development while serving in Peace Corps. She is serving as a health volunteer in Mozambique.
Alexandra Ernst is currently attending Tulane University as part of Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows her to earn a master’s degree in global health systems and development while serving in Peace Corps. She is serving as a health volunteer in Mozambique.

CHICAGO – Tulane University is the No. 1 graduate school nationwide in producing Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Tulane also ranks No. 12 among mid-sized undergraduate schools on Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Currently, 18 graduate students and 19 undergraduate alumni are making a difference around the world as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 525 Tulane graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Tulane University earns top spot among graduate schools on Peace Corps’ annual rankings”

Cherry Valley, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique

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Joshua Sorensen, 25, of Cherry Valley, Ill., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique on Sept. 21 to begin training as a secondary education biology teacher. Sorensen will live and work at the community level teaching biology and chemistry in Portuguese to high school students in his area. He will also participate in secondary projects such as science fairs, life skills activities and English theater competitions.

“I have always loved being immersed in other cultures and learning about new places and languages, and I knew the Peace Corps would allow me to represent my country in a peaceful and positive way,” Sorensen said. “I felt that the Peace Corps would allow me an invaluable opportunity to improve and grow as a person.” Continue reading “Cherry Valley, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique”

Berrien Springs, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique

Soos.Alexandra_MozambiqueAlexandra Soos, 22, of Berrien Springs, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique Sept. 21 to begin training as a secondary education chemistry teacher volunteer. Soos will live and work at the community level teaching chemistry in Portuguese to high school students.

“I joined the Peace Corps for the opportunity to be involved in secondary projects,” said Soos. “I also want to learn more about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the initiative Let Girls Learn and the health and education systems in developing countries.” Continue reading “Berrien Springs, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique”

Ohio native takes advantage of the Peace Corps Master’s International program

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Courtney Johnson, 25, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique Sept. 21 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher volunteer. Johnson will live and work at the community level to teach local high school students English. She will also be an active participant in the Let Girls Learn initiative, a partnership between First Lady Michelle Obama and Peace Corps that strives to break barriers that prevent young girls around the world from accessing education.

“Since I enjoy cultural immersion and helping people, Peace Corps has always seemed like a good fit for me,” said Johnson. “I hope to gain experience and new friends.” Continue reading “Ohio native takes advantage of the Peace Corps Master’s International program”

Rockhurst alum joins Peace Corps to develop meaningful relationships

Long.Elizabeth_MozambiqueElizabeth Long, 29, of Dutzow, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique April 27 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Long will live and work at the community level while providing support to community health programs along with HIV/AIDS and malaria outreach initiatives. She will help organizations improve services for populations living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and support activities that prevent malaria and promote healthy living.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps for number of reasons but primarily because it has been a dream of mine for many years,” Long said. “I began volunteering in Honduras through the Washington Overseas Mission, an organization my parents co-founded with several community members, at the age of 14. Through these trips, I became passionate about volunteering in the international public health field and learning about other cultures. I’m looking forward to being part of an organization that works to create meaningful, long-term partnerships between individuals in the United States and developing countries.” Continue reading “Rockhurst alum joins Peace Corps to develop meaningful relationships”

Northwestern University returns to Peace Corps’ Top Schools rankings

Peace Corps volunteer and NU alum Eric Cooper of Bartlett, Ill., serves as an education volunteer in Mozambique where he teaches chemistry and computers.
Peace Corps volunteer and NU alum Eric Cooper of Bartlett, Ill., serves as an education volunteer in Mozambique where he teaches chemistry and computers.

CHICAGO – After a one-year absence, Northwestern University reappeared on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. NU ranked No. 19 with 14 volunteers currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 937 Northwestern graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Northwestern University returns to Peace Corps’ Top Schools rankings”