Nashville, Tennessee Resident Departs for Peace Corps Service

Jacob Dowser, 23, of Nashville, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Dowser will work in secondary institutions, sports departments, and rehabilitation centers to provide Ukrainian youth from underserved communities with knowledge and skills to integrate into a global community and live healthy, meaningful lives.

“I have always had compassion for those who are in need,” said Dowser. “I have wanted to see other parts of the world as well. The Peace Corps will allow me to do both. It will also allow me to continue the Peace Corps’ longstanding tradition of facilitating lasting impact and growth throughout the international community. We all share a common humanity, which the Peace Corps understands and graciously invites others to partake in.” Continue reading “Nashville, Tennessee Resident Departs for Peace Corps Service”

Top Colleges Alumni Share Their Stories From Service

Meet the volunteers propelling their alma maters to the top of Peace Corps Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list! View the full list here, and click on the photos to learn more about the volunteers. If you are a graduating college student, apply by April 15 to our assignment openings departing in 2017 and 2018!

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!

University of Wisconsin-Madison reclaims No. 1 spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

27_lauralindePeace Corps volunteer and UW-Madison graduate Laura Linde hopes to work for a nongovernmental organization and promote improved environmental practices internationally after she completes her Peace Corps service this year.

The Peace Corps announced that the University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked No. 1 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 87 Badgers currently volunteering worldwide.

This is the third year that the UW-Madison has ranked among the top five large universities and colleges. In 2016, UW-Madison ranked No. 2. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison reclaims No. 1 spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Central Region Shines on Peace Corps Top States & Metro Areas List

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Peace Corps is proud to announce the top volunteer-producing states and metro areas for 2016. Several Central states and cities have contributed to putting the best and brightest Americans in the field to make a difference in communities across the globe. Congratulations to all of the Top States and Metro Areas!

Top States:

#6: Illinois – 301 Volunteers

#8: Texas – 277 Volunteers

#10: Michigan – 239 Volunteers

Top States Per Capita (per 100,000 residents):
#5: Minnesota – 4.3 Volunteers, 232 total

Top Metro Areas:
#4: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville – 245 Volunteers
#5: Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington – 180 Volunteers

Top Metro Areas Per Capita (per 100,000 residents):
#8: Madison – 6.2 Volunteers, 40 total
#10: Iowa City – 6 Volunteers, 10 total

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Recruiters Bring Peace Corps to HBCUs and MSIs Throughout Mississippi

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Peace Corps recruiters Natalie Felton and Stephanie Wade made their way across Mississippi to visit historically black colleges/universities and minority serving institutions.

Peace Corps recruiters Natalie Felton and Stephanie Wade recently wrapped up the first Peace Car tour of minority serving institutions and historically black colleges and universities throughout the Mississippi area.

The educational tour, which began Oct. 13, made stops at Tougaloo College, Mississippi State University, Coahoma Agriculture High School, Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Alcorn State University, Belhaven University, and Jackson State University in an effort to reach qualified, underserved communities.

“The true inspiration for this tour derived from wanting to reach and share the possibility of Peace Corps as a postgraduate or post-retirement opportunity with diverse groups,” Felton said. “This led to personalized and intimate conversations with students on a career path that could take their collegiate experience overseas.” Continue reading “Recruiters Bring Peace Corps to HBCUs and MSIs Throughout Mississippi”

Become an Agriculture Volunteer!

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Although agriculture is the primary economic activity in most countries, many communities are still not able to produce enough food, manage their water supply or implement sustainable practices for the future generations to follow. Peace Corps sends highly skilled and dedicated Volunteers out into the field to help communities combat some of these issues.

Agriculture Volunteers work to empower community members, conserve natural resources, promote agroforestry techniques, teach water management practices and improve gardening techniques.

Learn more about serving as an agriculture Volunteer through the eyes of returned and current Peace Corps agriculture Volunteers. Continue reading “Become an Agriculture Volunteer!”

Aurora University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program

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Students at Aurora University will volunteer with the community as part of their new Peace Corps Prep Program.

The Peace Corps and Aurora University (AU) have announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

AU students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment in the fall 2016 semester.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Aurora University can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.”

Students in Aurora’s Peace Corps Prep program will build hands-on experience and leadership skills while completing courses focused on gaining intercultural and foreign language competencies. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a signed certificate from the Peace Corps.

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“We believe Aurora University is a special institution, and at the heart of our mission, we aim to help students discover what matters, discern how they can help positively shape their communities, and then challenge them to build their lives around it,” said Amir St. Clair, director of servant leadership at AU and coordinator of the Peace Corps Prep Program. “The Peace Corps Prep Program strengthens and enhances Aurora University’s mission by seeking to help students understand their vocation and its impact globally. We are excited that AU students will have the opportunity to partner with the Peace Corps, and start building their lives around the virtues of positive social impact, leadership, and global service.”

AU’s Peace Corps Prep Program is partnered with the leadership department, although non-leadership students are welcomed in the program as well. The program allows students to satisfy their major and program requirements through a variety of course options. All students will complete courses in four focus areas: work sector training, foreign language, intercultural and leadership and professional development.

Those interested in learning more about the Peace Corps Prep Program at AU should contact Amir St. Clair at astclair@aurora.edu.