Tulane University earns top spot among graduate schools on Peace Corps’ annual rankings

Alexandra Ernst iscurrently attending Tulane University as part of Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows her to earn a master’s degree in global health systems and development while serving in Peace Corps. She is serving as a health volunteer in Mozambique.
Alexandra Ernst is currently attending Tulane University as part of Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, which allows her to earn a master’s degree in global health systems and development while serving in Peace Corps. She is serving as a health volunteer in Mozambique.

CHICAGO – Tulane University is the No. 1 graduate school nationwide in producing Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Tulane also ranks No. 12 among mid-sized undergraduate schools on Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Currently, 18 graduate students and 19 undergraduate alumni are making a difference around the world as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 525 Tulane graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Tulane University earns top spot among graduate schools on Peace Corps’ annual rankings”

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

Peace Corps Director Carrie (right) visits volunteers in Ecuador. Claire Williamson (right) graduated from Drake University in XX.
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (right) visits volunteers in Ecuador. Claire Williamson (right) graduated from Drake University in May 2012.

CHICAGO – Drake University has made its debut on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, ranking No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are eight Drake alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

This is the first year that the university has made Peace Corps’ Top Colleges list. Since the agency was created in 1961, 269 Drake 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 “Drake University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Ohio native takes advantage of the Peace Corps Master’s International program

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Courtney Johnson, 25, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mozambique Sept. 21 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher volunteer. Johnson will live and work at the community level to teach local high school students English. She will also be an active participant in the Let Girls Learn initiative, a partnership between First Lady Michelle Obama and Peace Corps that strives to break barriers that prevent young girls around the world from accessing education.

“Since I enjoy cultural immersion and helping people, Peace Corps has always seemed like a good fit for me,” said Johnson. “I hope to gain experience and new friends.” Continue reading “Ohio native takes advantage of the Peace Corps Master’s International program”

Peace Corps and Baldwin Wallace University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program

BEREA, OH, [Aug. 3, 2015] – The Peace Corps and Baldwin Wallace University today announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for a career in international development.

Baldwin Wallace University students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in Fall 2015.

“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,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Baldwin Wallace University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and Baldwin Wallace University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program”

Peace Corps and Maharishi University of Management Announce New Master’s International Program

[FAIRFIELD, Iowa] – The Peace Corps and Maharishi University of Management are launching a new graduate school partnership through the Master’s International program that will offer students the opportunity to integrate Peace Corps service abroad with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Living.

The Master’s in Sustainable Living degree enables graduates to implement community-wide systems and practices for deep sustainability. During their first year, students will spend half of their time in the classroom and the other half applying what they’ve learned on real-world sustainability projects in Fairfield. Then, students will begin 27 months of Peace Corps service and will work on academic projects as part of their graduate degree. When they return to the U.S., they will complete their degree requirements by writing up their experience from a sustainable living perspective.

“We are delighted to partner with Maharishi University of Management to give students the opportunity to incorporate Peace Corps service into their graduate studies,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Peace Corps volunteers develop cross-cultural, leadership, and language skills during their service that – in combination with a graduate degree – make them extremely competitive candidates in today’s global job market.”

Continue reading “Peace Corps and Maharishi University of Management Announce New Master’s International Program”

Master’s International allows Ohio native to pursue graduate degree, serve with Peace Corps

LorekEmily_CostaRica_07.06.2015Emily Lorek, 23, of Troy, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica July 6 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Lorek will live and work at the community level to co-design and co-implement activities that focus on youth development, life skills, leadership, sexual and reproductive health, physical activity, arts, and parenting skills.

Lorek is the daughter of Wayne and Donna Lorek of Troy and a 2010 graduate of Troy High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014 from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She is currently enrolled in Peace Corps’ Master’s International program at the University of Montana, which allows her to simultaneously earn a master’s  degree in global youth development and serve with the Peace Corps.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps because I wanted to invest in service while also continuing my education,” Lorek said. “The Master’s International program through Peace Corps allows me to gain technical skills for my education and degree, while also immersing into a new culture. I’m eager to learn and work alongside a community, as we build new relationships and grow together.” Continue reading “Master’s International allows Ohio native to pursue graduate degree, serve with Peace Corps”

Detroit native immerses into Chinese culture as Peace Corps volunteer

Daniel Hayes is a secondary education English teacher trainer in China.
Daniel Hayes is a secondary education English teacher trainer in China.

Daniel Hayes is a Peace Corps volunteer in China, 2014-16, and works as a secondary education English teacher trainer at a teachers’ college. The Detroit native is participating in Peace Corps’ Master’s International Program, which allows him to serve and complete his master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Eastern Michigan University at the same time. Below, he describes living and working in China. Interested in serving in China? Search our current openings in China and apply by July 1 to depart in 2016. 

When I first stepped off the plane in China and walked through a sparkling airport it certainly didn’t feel like a typical Peace Corps experience. The airport was grand in scale and welcoming guests with an artificial panda display. As I walked through the air conditioned transportation hub, I saw numerous people taking out their iPhones to check messages. After securing my baggage and hopping on a bus, my fellow volunteers and I departed for the hotel where we would stay for two weeks. My face was glued to the window as a whirlwind of tall buildings passed my field of view. When we reached the hotel we were taken to a nice meeting room and given a brief orientation and schedule for the next few weeks. Continue reading “Detroit native immerses into Chinese culture as Peace Corps volunteer”