The College of Wooster earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Eryn Greaney (center) has been serving as a health volunteer in Ghana since April 2015. She is a May 2014 graduate of The College of Wooster.
Eryn Greaney (center) has been serving as a health volunteer in Ghana since April 2015. She is a May 2014 graduate of The College of Wooster.

CHICAGO –The College of Wooster has earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, ranking No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are eight alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

This is the first year that college has made the annual list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Since the agency was created in 1961, 302Wooster alums have served overseas. Continue reading “The College of Wooster earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Wooster graduate said college impacted decision to pursue Peace Corps

Eryn Greaney, right, pictured with  her brother Gerry and sister Cara.
Eryn Greaney, right, pictured with her brother Gerry and sister Cara.

Eryn Greaney, 22, of Rochester, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana Feb. 1 to begin training as a health volunteer. Greaney will live and work at the community level to make a difference promoting positive behavior changes. She will organize projects with the goal of improving maternal and child health, reducing cases of malaria, increasing knowledge on ways to prevent HIV/AIDS and improving water, sanitation and hygiene.

“I am excited to become a part of another culture and to be a learner and teacher,” Greaney said. Continue reading “Wooster graduate said college impacted decision to pursue Peace Corps”

Rochester Ranks No. 9 on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metropolitan Areas Per Capita of 2012

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Bryna Rabehl, a children, youth, and families volunteer serving in the Philippines, is from Byron, Minn.

Rochester, Minn., ranks ninth this year among metropolitan areas for producing Peace Corps volunteers, per capita. The city generated 16 volunteers this year, or 8.6 volunteers for every 100,000 residents, and it moved up eight spots from its No. 17 ranking in 2011.

With 233 residents currently in service, Minnesota is No. 14 among all states in total volunteers produced and No. 8 among states, per capita. On the whole, Minnesota produces 4.4 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 state residents, and the Twin Cities area generates 4.91 volunteers per capita.

Bryna Rabehl, a children, youth, and families volunteer serving in the Philippines, is from Byron, Minn., just outside Rochester. Before going overseas, she made a difference as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

“Staying in touch with family and friends can be incredibly difficult,” Rabehl said. “Luckily for us volunteers, we are serving during an era of technology. Skype, e-mail, and Facebook provide a little slice of home when I need it!” Continue reading “Rochester Ranks No. 9 on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metropolitan Areas Per Capita of 2012”