Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Michigan ranks No. 10 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 239 volunteers from Michigan currently serving worldwide, and 7,376 Michigan residents have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This year marks Michigan’s return to the top 10 rankings since their last appearance in 2013. Earlier this year, the University of Michigan ranked among the top 10 large undergraduate schools and top five graduate schools in producing the most Peace Corps volunteers. Michigan volunteers are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Kalamazoo College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

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William Schlaack graduated from Kalamazoo College in June 2012 and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Mongolia.

CHICAGO – After a 10-year absence, Kalamazoo College has returned to Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, coming in at No. 14 among small universities nationwide. Currently, nine Kalamazoo graduates are serving worldwide.

The college last appeared on the list in 2006, when it ranked as the eighth top volunteer-producing school among small universities and colleges. Since the agency was created in 1961, 288 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 “Kalamazoo College earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Iowa City ranks No. 7 on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas Per Capita in 2015

Leah De Hoet, left, grew up near Iowa City and is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia.
Leah De Hoet, left, grew up near Iowa City and is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia.

CHICAGO – Iowa City, Iowa, ranks seventh among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing metro areas per capita in 2015, with 10 residents currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers worldwide, the agency announced today. Iowa City generated 6.08 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 residents. By comparison, the state of Iowa produced 2.2 Peace Corps volunteers per capita.

Volunteers hailing from Iowa City are among the more than 220,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since the agency was founded by President John F. Kennedy. Since 1961, 3,344 Iowa residents have served as Peace Corps volunteers, with 68 currently in the field.  Continue reading “Iowa City ranks No. 7 on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas Per Capita in 2015”

Kasson, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia

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Trista Ebnet, 25, of Kasson, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mongolia May 29 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Ebnet will live and work at the community level to make a difference teaching English to university students, teachers, and community members, as well as developing resources and improving teaching methodologies.

“The Peace Corps offers me the opportunity to use my skills as I help people on a more global scale and foster a positive impression of the United States,” Ebnet said. Continue reading “Kasson, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia”

Waterloo, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia

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Eric Koester, with his parents

 

Eric Koester, 21, of Waterloo, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mongolia May 29 to begin training as a youth development and community services volunteer. Koester will live and work at the community level and make a difference working with school social workers, teachers, and community members to facilitate positive youth development and promote youth participation with camps, clubs, and English classes.

“The ability to help others on a large scale attracted me to join the Peace Corps,” Koester said. Continue reading “Waterloo, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Mongolia”

Notre Dame earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Notre Dame alum Marilyn Blasingame of Belvidere, Ill., began serving as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Mongolia in June 2013.
Notre Dame alum Marilyn Blasingame, third from right, began serving as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Mongolia in June 2013.

CHICAGO – For the fifteenth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. The school ranks at No. 24 with 13 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 878 Notre Dame graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Notre Dame earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Krista Mastel

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Name: Krista Mastel
Country of Service: Mongolia, 2011-2014
Assignment: English Education, Health
Recruitment Territory: Northwest Minnesota, North Dakota

Why did you apply to the Peace Corps?
I joined the Peace Corps largely because I wanted to share my skills while traveling. With my background in anthropology I had an appreciation for diverse cultures but had yet to gain first-hand experience living and working abroad. Peace Corps gave me the opportunity to share my skills overseas while also allowing me to gain the cross-culture experience I was looking for. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Krista Mastel”