Wisconsin native completes Peace Corps service in the Philippines

Kelly Schmidt (left) completed her Peace Corps service in September of 2015. She is now back in the U.S. in her hometown in Fremont, Wis.
Kelly Schmidt (left) completed her Peace Corps service in September 2015. She is now back in the U.S. in her hometown in Fremont, Wis.

Kelly Schmidt can’t remember the exact moment that she knew she wanted to join the Peace Corps. It was always an idea, a lingering goal that was filed away in the back of her mind. Three months after the 26 year old completed her service in the Philippines, she reflects on how much her Peace Corps experience has helped her find her path.

“The Peace Corps was the perfect way, I discovered, for me to feed my growing passions for traveling, learning new things and volunteering to contribute to positive change within the world,” Schmidt said. Continue reading “Wisconsin native completes Peace Corps service in the Philippines”

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.
Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.

CHICAGO – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is making its first appearance on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 13 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university ranks No. 24 this year among medium schools nationwide.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 347 UW-Eau Claire graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The list has been announced yearly since 2001. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.
Peace Corps volunteer and 2012 UW-Eau Claire graduate Heather Phelps of Middleton, Wis., makes a difference as a youth development volunteer in the Philippines.

CHICAGO – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is making its first appearance on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 13 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university ranks No. 24 this year among medium schools nationwide.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 347 UW-Eau Claire graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The list has been announced yearly since 2001. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Cheerful kids, fulfilling work keep Baldwin Wallace grad’s spirits afloat in the Philippines

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We met Allison Bay of Cumberland, Ohio, last June before she departed for the Philippines. Now a year into her Peace Corps service, the Baldwin Wallace University alum (B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology, 2010) checks in with an update about her projects, community, and lessons learned. Continue reading “Cheerful kids, fulfilling work keep Baldwin Wallace grad’s spirits afloat in the Philippines”

Indianapolis residents begin Peace Corps service in Philippines

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Liz Rice and Nathan Brown, currently of Indianapolis, have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Philippines July 4 to begin training as volunteers. Rice will live and work at the community level to make a difference as a children, youth and families volunteer, while her husband, Nathan, will serve in the education program.

“Being offered the opportunity to share and strengthen my skills with a host community through a program as prestigious as the Peace Corps was something I couldn’t turn down,” said Rice, 27. Continue reading “Indianapolis residents begin Peace Corps service in Philippines”

Lindstrom, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines

Jessica Gulbranson, 25, of Lindstrom, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Philippines July 5 to begin training as an environmental education volunteer. As part of the Coastal Resource Management program, Gulbranson will make a difference helping local governments to improve the condition and management of the coastal resources in order to reduce poverty and increase food security.

“The desires to have both immediate and indirect impacts on a community, create a sustainable future, and explore new cultures are a few reasons why the Peace Corps seemed a suitable path for me follow,” Gulbranson said. “I know that these aspirations and more will be satisfied during my service and look forward to the changes my life is about to undergo.” Continue reading “Lindstrom, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines”

Ann Arbor resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines

Sandra Bowers, 54, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Philippines July 5 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Bowers will make a difference working on outreach projects concerning at-risk children or youth, adult literacy, health or HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, development of libraries and resource centers, and information technology.

“My desire to share skills with others, to learn about another culture, and to represent my country while promoting cultural understanding motivated me to serve,” Bowers said. Continue reading “Ann Arbor resident begins Peace Corps service in Philippines”