University of Michigan earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Alexandra Soos, a 2015 University of Michigan alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. She is pictured here with her host brother during pre-service training.
Alexandra Soos, a 2015 University of Michigan alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. She is pictured here with her host brother during pre-service training.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (U-M) has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, the agency announced today. Currently, 48 U-M alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, putting the university at No. 6 on the 2016 list, up two spots from last year.

The university also ranked No. 2 on Peace Corps’ list of the top producing graduate schools.

U-M is the fourth all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers, with 2,640 Michigan alums having served since the agency was created in 1961.

“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 “University of Michigan earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently•serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.
Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently• serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, Michigan State University has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. With 33 Spartans currently making a difference around the world as volunteers, MSU ranks No. 22 among large universities nationwide on the 2016 list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 2,357 alums have served overseas, making Michigan State the No. 6 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

“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 “Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

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”

Denison University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Bridget McDevitt (right) graduated from Denison University in May 2014 and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Ethiopia.
Bridget McDevitt (right) graduated from Denison University in May 2014 and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Ethiopia.

CHICAGO – Denison University has once again earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Schools list, after a one-year hiatus from the rankings. With nine volunteers currently in service, the college ranks No. 14 among small colleges and universities, the agency announced today.

For seven years, the college has made the annual list, with its last appearance being in 2014 at No. 14. Since the agency was created in 1961, 270 Denison 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 “Denison University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Petersburg, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Zambia

Whitney Woelmer spends time with her family before departing for the Peace Corps. From the back row left to right: Seattle Mero, Toot Woelmer. Front row left to right: Skyler Mero, Peace Corps volunteer Whitney Woelmer, Brooklyn Woelmer.
Whitney Woelmer spends time with her family before departing for the Peace Corps. From the back row left to right: Seattle Mero, Toot Woelmer. Front row left to right: Skyler Mero, Peace Corps volunteer Whitney Woelmer, Brooklyn Woelmer.

Whitney Woelmer, 24, of Petersburg, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Zambia on Feb. 8 to begin training as a rural aquaculture promotion volunteer. Woelmer will work at the community level to build and manage fish ponds to increase production and income. She will also train farmers on site selection processes, pond construction and harvesting and management practices. She will also assist farmers on their business skills, instructing them on marketing, record keeping and planning skills to better run their businesses.

“I got my invitation on the eve of my birthday,” said Woelmer. “It felt like, and still does feel like, some of the most life-changing news I’ve ever received.” Continue reading “Petersburg, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Zambia”

Southgate, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania

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Clayton Batko, 22, of Southgate, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tanzania on Feb. 7 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Batko will work at the community level to promote agricultural practices, raise awareness on environmental conservation practices and assist farmers on how to effectively manage their natural resources. He will also train farmers to use agricultural techniques that will improve overall crop production and encourage community members to establish vegetable gardens.

“The Peace Corps had always been a dream of mine ever since I learned about it in American history in high school,” said Batko. “I hoped to join after college and make a real difference abroad. It was a dream come true getting accepted into the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Southgate, Mich., native begins Peace Corps service in Tanzania”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger

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Name: Bryce Rinkenberger
Country of Service: Paraguay, 2011-2013
Assignment: Agriculture
Recruitment Territory: West Michigan Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Bryce Rinkenberger”