Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter

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Today, the Peace Corps announced that Angela Hamilton will work as the Peace Corps recruiter for the Corpus Christi, Texas, community. This is the first time a full-time Peace Corps recruiter has been placed in the city.

Hamilton served as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2006-09, and again as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Guatemala from 2013-14. Hamilton has been a Peace Corps recruiter for Kentucky and southern Indiana since February 2015, before moving to Corpus Christi this winter.

“Peace Corps recruiters are based in cities throughout the country to spread awareness and serve as a local, more accessible contact,” Hamilton said. “We recognized the potential for increased applications from diverse, skilled applicants from southern Texas. Corpus Christi is not only a diverse city, but a great base for travel to connect with other schools and communities, including The Valley and Laredo. I hope to capitalize on the high spirit for collaboration that exists here to build sustained partnerships and awareness about Peace Corps service opportunities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Announces Corpus Christi, Texas, Recruiter”

University of Minnesota moves to No. 3 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Krista Krauss is serving in Guatemala as a maternal and child health volunteer. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
Krista Krauss is serving in Guatemala as a maternal and child health volunteer. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013.

CHICAGO – The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN) has moved up on Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, claiming the No. 3 spot among large universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 59 Minnesota graduates serving abroad.

This year marks the university’s 16th appearance on the annual list. In 2014, UMN jumped 10 spots to No. 10, and last year it moved up to fifth place.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,502 alums have served overseas, making the UMN the No. 19 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “University of Minnesota moves to No. 3 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Minneapolis native begins Peace Corps service in Guatemala

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Andrew McInnis, 31, of Minneapolis has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guatemala on Sept. 22 to begin training as a youth promoter volunteer for the Integrated Youth Development project. McInnis will live and work at the community level to empower Guatemalan youth to live robust lifestyles by helping them make healthy decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse. He will also collaborate with key adults within the community to further support the needs of the youth.

“I joined the Peace Corps because helping is my nature,” said McInnis. “Whether it’s advocating for homeless youth, creating a platform for artists, fixing bicycles, or simply using humor to lighten the mood, I want to help. This is who I am, wherever I am. Peace Corps is a natural step both personally and professionally.” Continue reading “Minneapolis native begins Peace Corps service in Guatemala”

Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana

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Name: Angela Hamilton
Country of Service: Dominican Republic, 2006-2009
Peace Corps Response: Guatemala, 2013-2014
Recruitment Territory: Kentucky, Southern Indiana Continue reading “Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana”

Former volunteer finds similar camaraderie in Iowa bike ride as in Peace Corps

Liz Wildenberg de Hernandez was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 1999-2000. She has rode in RAGBRAI four times and the 2015 event will be her fifth.
Liz Wildenberg de Hernandez was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 1999-2000. She has rode in RAGBRAI four times and the 2015 event will be her fifth.

To Liz Wildenberg de Hernandez, there are foundational similarities between Peace Corps and the Des Moines Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI. Both unite Americans from across the nation, with different backgrounds and origins, for ideas bigger than them. Both require generosity and help from others in order to be successful. And, those that start out on a two-year service in a developing nation or a 481.5 mile ride may initially be strangers but will surely end up as friends.

“When you are doing something out of the norm and challenging it is natural to make some lifelong friends,” Liz said.

Liz, who lives in West Branch, Iowa, is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who now inspires and supports future volunteers through her position at the University of Iowa. She’s also a veteran of RAGBRAI, and this year she will be riding with Peace Corps staff and returned volunteers in the July 19-25 event. Continue reading “Former volunteer finds similar camaraderie in Iowa bike ride as in Peace Corps”

Carleton College ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Carleton alum Paul Dimick of Northfield, Minn., makes a difference as health volunteer in Guatemala.
Carleton alum Paul Dimick of Northfield, Minn., makes a difference as health volunteer in Guatemala.

CHICAGO – Carleton College moved up to the No. 2 position on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 17 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school made its fourth consecutive appearance on the list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 496 Carleton graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Carleton College ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

UW-Madison alum eager to expand Spanish, public health skills in Peace Corps

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Jessica Seline, 22, of Apple Valley, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guatemala Oct. 14 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Seline will live and work at the community level to make a difference raising awareness about the need for health education through a variety of activities, such as identifying local leaders to teach families about maternal and child health and organizing trainings on nutrition, sanitation and oral re-hydration therapy.

“I am motivated to join the Peace Corps for the opportunity to live among another community for two years,” Seline said. “I am excited to improve my Spanish as well as potentially learn a Mayan language. I am also energized by the chance to work within the global health sector as a volunteer, a field I am particularly interested in exploring.” Continue reading “UW-Madison alum eager to expand Spanish, public health skills in Peace Corps”