University of Wisconsin – Madison leads Volunteers to Peace Corps Agriculture

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Rita Argus (center) recently completed her service as an agriculture volunteer in Senegal.

Joining the Peace Corps was a natural next step for Rita Argus and Daniel Stevenson after they earned their degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Whether it was through study abroad programs or in-the-field agriculture experiences, the students found their inspiration through different facets within the institution.

But their Wisconsin values were a constant.

“Classroom wise, professors often talked about ‘The Wisconsin Idea’ – the thought that what we are learning in the classroom should be applicable to real world situations,” Argus said. “I think this has conditioned me to better apply what I learned to help with problems and challenges I am encountering here.” Continue reading “University of Wisconsin – Madison leads Volunteers to Peace Corps Agriculture”

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

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Texas ranks No. 8 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 277 volunteers from Texas currently serving worldwide, and 7,606 Texans 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,” Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “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.”

For the past five years, Texas has consistently ranked in the top 10. The Lone Star State also ranks among the top 10 volunteer-producing states of all time. In 2016, two Texas universities ranked as top volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions – The University of Texas at El Paso, which made its debut in the rankings, and Texas State University. Texas 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 “Texas Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

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!”

Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time

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Tia Sandoval wanted more than just an office job after graduation.

After studying abroad throughout her undergraduate career, she longed for more adventure and wonder. But it wasn’t until she sat down with her mother to discuss her post-grad opportunities that it all clicked.

“I was looking for a job that allowed me to travel,” Sandoval said. “After doing some research, I realized Peace Corps was that job. I could learn more about agriculture in Nepal, learn another language, and really integrate into another culture. My mom had always been supportive of my desire to be aboard and experience the world. She was integral in leading me toward the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Making A Difference With Agriculture, One Seed At A Time”

Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer

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Name: Caroline Schier

Major:  Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering

School: Purdue University

Sector: Agriculture

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.

Get to know Peace Corps Volunteer, Caroline Shier, a 2014 Purdue University graduate, who is currently serving as an agriculture extension Volunteer in Zambia. Continue reading “Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.
Rita Argus, a 2014 UW-Madison Alum, is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She works with local farmers to improve their agriculture practices.

CHICAGO – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has maintained its position as the nation’s No. 2 producer of Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Currently, 68 Badgers are making a difference around the world as volunteers.

UW-Madison has made the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list every year since the ranking system began in 2001 and held the No. 1 spot for six years from 2001 to 2006, as well as in 2014.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 3,184 alums have served overseas, making UW-Madison also the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “University of Wisconsin-Madison Ranks No. 2 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

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

Hillary Seely •Served in The Gambia as an agriculture and environmental volunteer from 2011-2013.
Hilary Antosh served in The Gambia as an agriculture and environmental volunteer from 2011-2013. She graduated from Illinois in 2007.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, the agency announced today. Currently, 35 Illinois alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, putting the university at No. 16 on the 2016 list, up four spots from last year.

The University of Illinois is the No. 7 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers, with 2,026 graduates 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 Illinois earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”