13 alumni join Peace Corps

Lindsay Byrnes, Contributing Writer

The University ranked sixth in the small university category for the Peace Corps 2015 rankings of the top volunteer producing colleges and universities across the country. Thirteen University alumni joined the Corps in 2014.

University alumni who joined the Peace Corps in 2014 are serving in various countries including Armenia, Gambia, Guatemala, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. They are also volunteering in various sectors of the Peace Corps including agriculture, education, environment, health, and community economic development.

Dickinson College tied the University for the number six ranking, while Allegheny College ranked number eight with 12 alumni volunteers. Since the Peace Corps formed in 1961, 276 University alumni have served as volunteers overseas for the agency.

“The Peace Corps provides an indispensable opportunity for young people out of college to put their unique skills to work making a difference for communities around the world. Volunteers make lasting change by living and working at the grassroots level in their communities of service and using their talents to tackle some of the most critical challenges in international development,” Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. 

This year, the applications received for joining the Peace Corps were at an all-time high due to slight changes in the application process. The application was made much simpler and more personal, making it more appealing to many interested in volunteering. For more information about the Peace Corps and joining one of the most prominent service organizations in the United States, go to http://www.peacecorps.gov.

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