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UCD ranks 20th in producing Peace Corps volunteers

UCD ranks 20th in producing Peace Corps volunteers

Since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, 425 URI alumni have traveled overseas to serve as volunteers.

UVM works closely with the Peace Corps and has an undergraduate program known as Peace Corps Prep.

The Peace Corps Master's global graduate programs, offered by SPEA and the IU School of Education, allow students to combine Peace Corps service with graduate studies for credit.

In addition to W&M, three other Virginia schools were included in the Peace Corps' rankings this year.

"Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world", Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said.

While volunteers are allowed the opportunity to travel through the Peace Corps, they are also able to participate in technical training at the start of service, Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of UW's International Division, said in the statement. "We are proud of those graduates who have chosen to join the ranks of the Peace Corps and offer their best selves in the service of others internationally".

CJ Sanchez, who graduated from URI in 2013 with a degree in wildlife and conservation biology, now serves as an environmental educator in Nicaragua.

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Among medium-sized colleges, Western Washington University came in second with 48 volunteers. I tried to be a part of as many things as I could such as being an orientation leader, vice president of the student action for sustainability, an executive member of the student alumni association, and an intern at the center for service learning.

In 2016, the state of MI also ranked No. 10 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers with 239 volunteers now serving worldwide.

The rankings this year follow the launch of a new brand platform that a Peace Corps representative said "underscores the agency's commitment to putting the user experience first".

"I have often considered Bowdoin's guiding obligation of promoting the common good a concept that both inspired my initial interest to join the Peace Corps and steered my thought process throughout my time as a volunteer", Lipkowitz said. There are 58 Gators now volunteering worldwide.

Peace Corps volunteers now are serving in 76 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Pacific Islands, and the Middle East. Volunteers serve for 27 months with skills in agriculture, environment, business, health, development, education, and information technology.

Edwards, who now works for a nonprofit that serves veterans in San Francisco Bay Area, says serving in the Peace Corps taught her that people are the same everywhere.

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