MSU No. 10 in Peace Corps volunteers

Darin HammondMar 03, 2017

This is the third straight year that the college has ranked among the top 20 schools in its category, with 18 alumni now volunteering worldwide.

In addition, Rhode Island ranked No. 8 nationwide for the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers in 2016, with 41 Rhode Islanders now serving. The campus also offers five Peace Corps Master's global programs, which allow students to integrate a master's degree with service overseas.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy launched the Peace Corps in 1961 to spearhead progress in developing countries and promote friendship between the American people and other men, women and children throughout the world.

"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.

Three Washington universities sent more students to work in the Peace Corps previous year than nearly any other universities in their respective size categories in the nation.

Alana Christopher '14, a current Peace Corps volunteer, is located in the city of Ouani, on the island of Anjouan in Comoros, a country between Madagascar and the continent of Africa.

CJ Sanchez, who graduated from URI in 2013 with a degree in wildlife and conservation biology, now serves as an environmental educator in Nicaragua. Colorado College is tied with Smith College, Spelman College, St. Lawrence University, Evergreen State College, and Oberlin College in the small colleges and universities category.

"Colorado College taught me to think critically about worldwide development and gave me the skills to research and understand the cultural and historic context that I was working in", says Boydston. The minimum age for Peace Corps service is 18 and volunteers must be US citizens.

Penn State and the Peace Corps also have finalized a new partnership that will help returning Peace Corps volunteers pursue their graduate education in the School of International Affairs, Smeal College of Business, or the College of Agricultural Sciences.

This year, 37 IU graduates with a passion for service overseas are working on behalf of the United States in 20 nations around the globe, including Costa Rica and Guatemala in Central America; Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia in Africa; Armenia and Macedonia in Europe; and the Philippines and Thailand in Asia. View the complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

The Peace Corps offers volunteers a chance to serve developing communities worldwide while improving personal and professional skills. They are then able to contribute to communities in areas like agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development.

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