Illinois State University Campus Recruiter Overcomes Adversities to Serve in the Peace Corps

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Joining the Peace Corps wasn’t the easiest decision Vanessa Soto ever made, but it was the right one.

After emigrating to the U.S. from Mexico and forging a new life for their family, Soto’s parents wanted more for their children. Passing up a salary job after graduation to travel the world did not seem like the most lucrative option to her family.

But they were wrong.

“It felt like my family had taken a step forward and I would be taking two steps back,” Soto said. “But after explaining the benefits of serving: gaining experience and the opportunity to see a part of the world that is mostly unknown to my local community – they started to accept that it was my calling.” Continue reading “Illinois State University Campus Recruiter Overcomes Adversities to Serve in the Peace Corps”

Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs

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The Peace Corps and Western Illinois University (WIU) today announced the addition of two new graduate degrees under their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Now, students will be able to pursue graduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences, and community and economic development. Previously, WIU has offered a degree in rural community and economic development through their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which has been a staple at the school for 22 years.

“We are delighted to partner with WIU to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs”

Peace Corps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

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The Peace Corps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school fellowships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with TCSPP to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at TCSPP will be housed in the International Psychology Online Program, and available to students pursuing a master’s degree in international psychology (IP). Students in the program examine the social, political, and psychological issues that impact the world.
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Peace Corps and the University of Missouri Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and the University of Missouri announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in under-served American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with the University of Missouri to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Coverdell Fellows program at Mizzou will be housed in the Department of Geography and offered to students pursuing a master of art’s degree in geography. Fellows selected for the program will receive a full tuition waiver and work part-time as a graduate assistant.

“The Department of Geography at Mizzou offers a disciplinary perspective that complements the Peace Corps mission and provides the infrastructure, which will position returned Peace Corps Fellows for success through participation in our established programs of research, teaching and service in the geographical sciences,” said Soren Larsen, associate professor of geography. “We are excited to be moving forward in partnership with the Peace Corps through our participation in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship program.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and the University of Missouri Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and the Indiana University School of Public Health –  Bloomington have announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in under-served American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with IU School of Public Health- Bloomington to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will be available to students pursing a master’s of public health (MPH) degree. Students in the program have the opportunity to study in the areas of biostatistics, environmental health, physical activity, or professional health education. Continue reading “Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Peace Corps and Washington University in St. Louis Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and Washington University in St. Louis today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers working towards their master’s degree in social work and public health. All Fellows will complete internships, known as a practicum, in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with the Brown School at Washington University to support our returned volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and Washington University in St. Louis Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Peace Corps visits Western Illinois to find the next generation of international volunteers

Karen Mauldin-Curtis, right, is the program manager of the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Western Illinois. Returned volunteers Lexie Woodward (Nicaragua), Danny Ramirez (Benin), and Ella Lehmann (Ethiopia) are students in the WIU Fellows Program.
Karen Mauldin-Curtis, right, is the program manager of the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Western Illinois. Returned volunteers Lexie Woodward (Nicaragua), Danny Ramirez (Benin), and Ella Lehmann (Ethiopia) are students in the WIU Fellows Program.

Peace Corps recruiters will visit Western Illinois University Thursday and Friday, Sept.3-4, to speak with students and faculty about the personal and professional benefits of living and working in an international community. In addition, the Peace Car, an eco-friendly Smart Car decked out with the Peace Corps logo, will make its first visit to campus and will be photographed with WIU’s mascot, Colonel Rock III.

Some 358 WIU alums have served as Peace Corps volunteers since the agency’s inception in 1961. To build upon that legacy, Peace Corps recruiters Jessica Vig, Travis Bluemling, Jake Hamilton, and the Peace Car will be tailgating north of Hanson Field at WIU’s Ag Day on Thursday before the Fighting Leathernecks season-opening football game. Returned volunteers from the campus community and Macomb are urged to stop by, take a photo from the Peace Car, and meet with those considering service. Continue reading “Peace Corps visits Western Illinois to find the next generation of international volunteers”