UW tops all schools in producing Peace Corps volunteers

UW tops all schools in producing Peace Corps volunteers”

Since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, 234 Connecticut College alumni have traveled overseas to serve as volunteers. UW ranks No. 3 all-time for total volunteers and has achieved elite top three status in the large school category for 13 consecutive years.

For returning Peace Corps volunteers, IU Bloomington offers both Peace Corps Master's worldwide and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate programs. The campus also offers five Peace Corps Master's worldwide programs, which allow students to integrate a master's degree with service overseas.

"The growth UW-Madison alumni gain through experiences with the Peace Corps can not be understated", said Guido Podesta, UW-Madison vice provost and dean of the university's International Division.

"The experience enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world", she said.

In addition, Rhode Island ranked No. 8 nationwide for the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers in 2016, with 41 Rhode Islanders now serving. "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". A map showing where W&M alumni are now serving is available online.

"Many students are trying to figure out a way to be active in and contribute not only to their local communities, but on also on a global level", said Meg Springer, herself a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Thailand. The university tied for the No. 1 spot in 2016.

"MSU has this way of making a student 'think big, '" Uwase said.

This year's rankings follow the launch of a refreshed brand platform that underscores the agency's commitment to putting the user experience first and makes the Peace Corps more accessible to audiences through the platforms they already use.

"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. They are then able to contribute to communities in areas like agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development.

Linde's extension of the Wisconsin Idea came to pass when she went to a career fair and heard from other Peace Corps volunteers. The complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category can be found on the Peace Corps website, along with an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving.

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