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Peace Corps announces 2020 top volunteer-producing schools

WASHINGTON – Peace Corps announced today its 2020 ranking of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. The schools are classed in large, medium or small categories, as well as a graduate school and an all-time category, which ranks the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools since 1961, the year of the agency’s inception.

“These schools are institutions that emphasize being global citizens and service-minded students,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am excited to know the graduates coming from Peace Corps’ top colleges are using their skills to make a positive impact on their communities at home and abroad.”

In the large school category, the University of Wisconsin–Madison continues to hold the No. 1 spot. After placing ninth in 2019, the University of Florida is now in second place; the school sent 70 alumni to Peace Corps service, 14 more than the previous year. At No. 4, the University of Maryland also rose in the ranks with 66 alums joining the Peace Corps, an increase of 11.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 Undergraduates

1) University of Wisconsin-Madison - 79

2) University of Florida - 70

3) University of Virginia - 68

4) University of Maryland - College Park - 68

5) University of Georgia -64

For schools with between 15,000 and 5,000 undergraduates, George Washington University (GW) held the No. 1 spot with 62 alumni sent to Peace Corps service. GW has held the No. 1 spot in this category since 2018. American University is in second place for the third year in a row.

Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1) George Washington University - 62

2) American University - 48

3) College of William and Mary - 46

4) University of Vermont - 45

5) Tulane University - 34

St. Lawrence University sent 19 former students to the Peace Corps, earning first place in the small schools category. Dartmouth has risen from No. 6 on the list last year to No. 2 in 2020.

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

1) St. Lawrence University - 19

2) Dartmouth College - 15

3) Eckerd College - 14

4) Bucknell University - 13 (tied)

4) Allegheny - 13 (tied)

4) Whitman College - 13 (tied)

Though ranked No. 6 last year, GW now holds first place on the graduate schools list. Four schools are tied for the No. 2 spot: NYU, Tulane, University of South Florida and University of Washington, which did not place on the list in 2019.

Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:

All categories

1) George Washington University - 14

2) New York University - 11 (tied)

2) Tulane University - 11 (tied)

2) University of South Florida - 11 (tied)

2) University of Washington - 11 (tied)

Historically, the University of California - Berkeley has sent the most alumni to Peace Corps service: 3,741.

All Time Since 1961

All categories

1) University of California - Berkeley - 3,741

2) University of Wisconsin - Madison - 3,369

3) University of Washington -3,101

4) University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - 2,775

5) University of Colorado - Boulder - 2,556

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. View the complete 2020 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here.

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2019 data as of September 30, 2019, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:15:04 +0000

Peace Corps Monitoring Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON – Since the outbreak was first reported in early January, the Peace Corps has been closely monitoring the coronavirus with the State Department Bureaus of Medical Affairs and Diplomatic Security, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, to safeguard volunteers and staff at Peace Corps posts around the world.

Peace Corps medical officers are communicating with volunteers on how to mitigate the risks of exposure, and an interdisciplinary working group is working closely with overseas posts to track and analyze the impact on the agency and to ensure an effective and timely response.

Each Peace Corps program has developed specific protocols for the coronavirus that have been included in their Emergency Action Plans. Volunteers are thoroughly trained in their roles and responsibilities, and posts are prepared to respond to public health emergencies like the coronavirus outbreak.

All volunteers from Peace Corps China were evacuated safely. Globally, no volunteers or staff have been infected.

Peace Corps will remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions until this epidemic subsides.

Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:13:05 +0000

Peace Corps China Volunteers Evacuated Safely

WASHINGTON – Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and related school closures and travel constraints, all Peace Corps China volunteers were safely evacuated out of the country, the Peace Corps announced today, February 5.

The 139 volunteers will close their service.

The evacuation of current volunteers follows a recent decision by the Peace Corps to graduate its China program.

Since Peace Corps China began in 1993, approximately 1,300 volunteers have worked alongside educators at more than 140 Chinese colleges, universities and technical schools to strengthen English language learning.

“My heart goes out to the extraordinary volunteers and staff who are participating in the Close of Service conference and preparing for the next steps in their lives,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am proud of their hard work and strong commitment to this program, which brought our two countries closer together and gave Chinese students and educators a deeper understanding of American culture. However, with the many significant changes in China over the past 26 years, we recently made the decision to phase out and graduate the program. We then had to evacuate our volunteers because of the unexpected current public health emergency. Once again, I want to thank our volunteers and staff and our many partners in China who made the Peace Corps a part of their lives this past quarter century.”

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 17:19:27 +0000

Peace Corps announces 2019 top volunteer-producing states
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District of Columbia holds No. 1 spot for third year in a row; Massachusetts enters top ten per capita.

WASHINGTON –Peace Corps released today its 2019 rankings of the top volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas across the United States.

“I commend the community leaders from these top states for their continued support of the Peace Corps," said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. "Volunteers make a powerful impact when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve abroad. Serving with this agency is an opportunity for all Americans to develop the skills they need in a global world.”

The four lists are: Top Volunteer-producing States per Capita; Top Volunteer-producing States Overall; Top Volunteer-producing Metropolitan Areas per Capita; and Top Volunteer-producing Metropolitan Areas Overall.

2019 Top States – Per Capita (# of volunteers per 100,000 residents)

1) District of Columbia – 18.2

2) Vermont – 8.1

3) Montana – 5.1

4) Virginia – 4.5

5) Maryland – 4.3

6) Oregon – 4.2

7) New Hampshire – 4.1

7) Colorado – 4.1

8) Maine – 3.8

9) Washington – 3.6

9) Massachusetts – 3.6

10) Minnesota – 3.5

The nation’s capital is the largest producer of volunteers per capita, with approximately 18 volunteers per 100,000 citizens, a 23% increase from 2018. Vermont is No. 2 for the third year in a row and for the sixth consecutive year Montana comes in at No. 3 on the per capita list. Massachusetts has made this list for the first time ever, at No. 9.

2019 Top States – Total Volunteers

1) California – 851

2) New York – 413

3) Virginia – 384

4) Texas – 368

5) Florida – 341

6) Pennsylvania – 293

7) Illinois –279

8) Washington – 271

9) Maryland – 259

10) Massachusetts – 247

For over a decade California and New York have ranked No.1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Top States Overall list. In 2019, California sent 851 citizens to serve in the Peace Corps, 15 more than in 2018.

2019 Top Metropolitan Areas – Per Capita (# of volunteers per 100,000 residents)

1) Charlottesville, VA – 16.5

2) Missoula, MT – 13.7

3) Fort Collins, CO – 13.3

4) Burlington-South Burlington, VT – 11.8

4) Ithaca, NY – 11.8

5) Bellingham, WA –10.9

6) Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA – 10.7

7) Bloomington, IN – 10.0

8) Columbia, MO – 9.8

9) State College, PA – 9.7

9) Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, CA – 9.7

10) Harrisonburg, VA – 9.6

10) Ann Arbor, MI –9.6

Although it never ranked before 2018, Charlottesville, VA, again takes the No. 1 spot for top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas per capita, Charlottesville sent 36 citizens to service in 2019, 10 more than in 2018.

2019 Top Metropolitan Areas – Total Volunteers

1) Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 472

2) New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 217

3) Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI – 212

4) Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – 155

5) Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA – 149

6) Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA – 140

7) Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA – 117

8) Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO – 109

9) San Diego-Carlsbad, CA – ­106

10) Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH – 103

For the first time in three years, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area takes the No. 1 spot overall for top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas.

Virginia and Washington appear on all four lists, with Virginia claiming a top five spot on each.

Peace Corps is unique among service organizations because volunteers live and work at the community level. Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on leadership experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to the farthest corners of the world and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Applicants can apply to specific programs by visiting the Peace Corps website and connecting with a recruiter.

*Peace Corps data current as of September 30, 2019. The metropolitan area data used to determine Peace Corps’ rankings are derived from the most current U.S. Census Bureau “Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area” data. Volunteers self-report their home city and state on their Peace Corps application.

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:58:04 +0000

World Wise Schools program celebrates 30th anniversary during International Education Week
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Paul D. Coverdell, the founder of the World Wise Schools program and former Director of the Peace Corps, participates in a World Wise Schools activity in Houston circa 1990.

WASHINGTON—Today the Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools (WWS) program celebrates the 30th anniversary of its founding by sharing new interactive resources that teach intercultural understanding and global competence to young people. Over the past 30 years, more than two million students and 25,000 Peace Corps volunteers have engaged with WWS.

In 2019, 3,985 Peace Corps volunteers—over half the total population—participated.

Established in 1989 by former Peace Corps Director Paul D. Coverdell, the WWS program provides over 500 online resources to U.S. learners, teachers and current and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Educators can use published WWS materials to teach understanding and respect for other cultures worldwide. Teachers can incorporate WWS materials into existing study units or use them as the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Around 13,000 educators per year access and engage with these materials.

“It’s through the World Wise Schools program that anyone in the U.S. can see into another society and meet people from across the globe in an intercultural exchange,” says Katie Hamann, a Peace Corps program specialist on the team that runs World Wise Schools. “I truly believe this is key to creating a globally competent classroom, community and world.”

World Wise Schools also fosters an appreciation of global issues by facilitating communication among Peace Corps volunteers and students in the form of letters, phone calls and video chats. By providing these educational resources to promote global competence, the program supports the Peace Corps' Third Goal of teaching Americans about the world.

“I’ve heard from educators, students and group leaders about the impact of these interactions between Peace Corps volunteers and their classrooms,” says Hamann. “The world is made a bit smaller through understanding others. It takes getting uncomfortable as well as a willingness to challenge your perspective and be curious.”

Today, World Wise Schools continues to provide easy-to-implement programs that educators can incorporate into their classrooms. This partnership provides an engaging and creative way for students to learn about the countries and communities that Peace Corps volunteers serve.

To learn more about the impact of the World Wise Schools program or to access the academic resources offered, visit

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:15:04 +0000

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Out of a Zambian village. Erica Peth click here
The Peace Corps: what do they do? SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1120

Peace Corps volunteers work in close to 30 countries across Africa, and also in Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean. In agriculture, in education, in health.

Why do African countries need the Peace Corps: educated Americans to come to their villages to work and teach?

What happened to the small village that they needed outside help to be self-sufficient, when likely they have been self-sufficient for generations? Is it because of colonization, World Bank policies, ongoing international theft, despair? Most likely all of these.

Does the Peace Corps help the populations feed and education their young, and help lift them out of poverty? Or are all gains snatched by leaders? I am looking for stories of sustained success. Come back for more later.

Above, former members of the Peace Corps march through Philadelphia, July 04, 2011.
Peace Corps in these African Countries in 2013
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