Illinois State University Campus Recruiter Overcomes Adversities to Serve in the Peace Corps

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Joining the Peace Corps wasn’t the easiest decision Vanessa Soto ever made, but it was the right one.

After emigrating to the U.S. from Mexico and forging a new life for their family, Soto’s parents wanted more for their children. Passing up a salary job after graduation to travel the world did not seem like the most lucrative option to her family.

But they were wrong.

“It felt like my family had taken a step forward and I would be taking two steps back,” Soto said. “But after explaining the benefits of serving: gaining experience and the opportunity to see a part of the world that is mostly unknown to my local community – they started to accept that it was my calling.” Continue reading “Illinois State University Campus Recruiter Overcomes Adversities to Serve in the Peace Corps”

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda

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Peace Corps Volunteers know that service isn’t a bucket list item; it’s a life-long dedication. Once you are part of the Peace Corps family, you are always a member. No one knows that better than Lindsay Carrera, a Hartland, Wisconsin, native who recently completed her service in Uganda.

“I have always wanted to do Peace Corps – since I was young,” Carrera said, “I love learning about people and trying to help. It was an educational experience.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda”

Michigan couple departs for Peace Corps Uganda

Travelling and service have always been the focal point of Charles Tully and Hannah Sanday's relationship. They will depart to serve in a community in Uganda on Nov. 7.
Travelling and service have always been the focal point of Charles Tully and Hannah Sanday’s relationship. They will depart to serve in a community in Uganda on Nov. 7.

When Charles Tully and Hannah Sonday said “I do” they were committing to more than just each other. They were signing up for a life of adventure, service – and hurdles they could never fully prepare for.

“Service work, volunteering, and traveling internationally have been a focal point of our relationship since the beginning, and we actually met while we were both serving on the service committee of the accounting and finance organization, Beta Alpha Psi at the University of Michigan – Dearborn,” Charles said.

Charles, 27, of Detroit, Mich., and his wife Hannah, 27, of Waterford, Mich., will depart on Nov. 7 to serve in Uganda for two years. Although they will be working in similar roles and in the same village, they will have distinct jobs that match their individual skill sets so they can better serve their community. Continue reading “Michigan couple departs for Peace Corps Uganda”

Richfield, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Uganda

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George Petrilli, 22, of Richfield, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Uganda on Nov. 7 to begin training as a literacy specialist volunteer. Petrilli will live and work at the community level to improve teaching practices in primary schools. He will also work with the local schools to promote positive behavior and alternative disciplinary systems and spearhead reading intervention programs.

“I joined the Peace Corps because I want to have a more global perspective,”Petrilli said. “I’m trying to be a citizen of the world and it’s hard to do that if I never leave my country. Actually living and working somewhere is a much more meaningful experience for cross-cultural exchange than just being a backpacker passing through.” Continue reading “Richfield, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Uganda”

More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ben Bowman served in Zambia, 2012-14.

When he was a student at the University of Louisville, Ben Bowman worked alongside professors and graduate students in a biology lab. Looking back years later, he says the experience not only taught him about science, but also put him on a path toward making a difference as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

“I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a project to hopefully publish one day. From this I developed a much different way of thinking about problems and how to go about solving them,”  said Bowman, who served as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer in Zambia, from 2012 to 2014. “Now when I face challenges, Peace Corps has allowed me to develop my own ways of going about finding a solution.”

Bowman, who graduated from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a double major in biology and psychology, is one of 217 alums who have served as Peace Corps volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.  Continue reading “More University of Louisville students are choosing post-college service with Peace Corps”

The Ohio State University earns spot on Peace Corps’ Top Schools rankings

OSU alum Kristal Seger of Minister, Ohio, began serving as health volunteer in April 2013 in Uganda.
OSU alum Kristal Seger of Minster, Ohio, began serving as health volunteer in April 2013 in Uganda.

CHICAGO – The Ohio State University ranks No. 4 on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing large universities. OSU is the alma mater of 64 current Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,735 Buckeyes have served overseas, making OSU the No. 10 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “The Ohio State University earns spot on Peace Corps’ Top Schools rankings”

University of Wisconsin-Madison takes No. 2 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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UW-Madison alum Lindsay Carrera of Hartland, Wis., began serving as an education volunteer in Uganda in November 2013.

 

CHICAGO – The University of Wisconsin-Madison continues to be a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers, with 69 alumni currently serving. UW-Madison ranks second this year on Peace Corps’ annual list of universities and colleges.

Long one of the nation’s greatest sources of alumni committed to making a difference, UW-Madison is also the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. More than 3,145 Badgers have served since the agency was created in 1961. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison takes No. 2 spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”