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Astronaut and returned Peace Corps volunteer Joe Acaba speaks with students from space


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2018 – NASA Astronaut and returned Peace Corps volunteer Joe Acaba spoke live February 7 from the International Space Station with students at H.D. Cooke Elementary School, Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley, and a global audience virtually.

Acaba, who shared speaking duties aboard the space station with fellow NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei, is a former teacher who served with the Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1994-96.

“We’re like technicians working in a laboratory, doing science,” he said. “And everything you have to do at your house to keep it up and running, we have to do on the space station… Why are we important? You need people to explore and try new things, and we’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to go up in space.”

Through NASA’s live education downlink, students in the United States and around the world had the opportunity to learn from Acaba about living and working in space, as well as the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Acaba is part of a mission called Expedition 53 that launched to the International Space Station in September 2017, focusing on astrophysics, technology demonstrations, cellular biology and biotechnology.

Prior to the live downlink, Peace Corps volunteer classrooms from around the world submitted questions for the astronauts, which were shared with students at Washington’s H.D. Cooke Elementary School. The Washington students posed these questions to Acaba on behalf of their international counterparts, along with questions of their own.

H.D. Cooke Elementary School participates in World Wise Schools, a program that promotes global learning by connecting students and educators in the United States with Peace Corps volunteers abroad. Students from the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Paraguay, Kosovo, Madagascar, Guinea, Morocco, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan submitted questions with the support of their Peace Corps volunteer teachers.

“What is the toughest job you’ll ever love—being a Peace Corps volunteer or being an astronaut?” asked Acting Director Crowley. Acaba’s response: “Peace Corps!”

Click the following link for video from the February 7 event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGjf5NM79MA.






Peace Corps Announces 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Schools

For the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Washington, and the University of Minnesota hold the top three spots respectively on the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ascends to No. 4 this year, while the University of Florida holds steady at No. 5.

There are 85 Badgers serving in the Peace Corps, bringing the all-time count of volunteers from the University of Wisconsin to 3,279. Wisconsin has appeared in the top 5 of the Peace Corps’ rankings for the past three years.

Making big jumps on this year’s large college list, the University of Texas moved from No. 25 to No. 8 and the University of Virginia moved from No. 15 to No. 6. The Texas Longhorns have 61 currently serving Peace Corps volunteers, while 62 hail from UVA.

“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni,” said Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley. “As Peace Corps volunteers, recent graduates foster local capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. They return to the United States with highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit—leveraging their education, global experience, and confidence into their communities and careers back home.”

Among medium-sized schools, institutions with between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates, George Washington University has reclaimed the top spot with 50 volunteers. GW is followed by American University, the College of William and Mary, the University of Montana, and Tulane University in the medium-sized school rankings.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland leads the rankings for small colleges with 17 current Peace Corps volunteers. Macalester College and St. Lawrence University are tied for second with 15 volunteers each. Also making a significant jump this year, Spelman College climbed from No. 7 into a crowded tie for fourth (see rankings below).

Among graduate schools, Tulane University moved into the No. 1 spot with 27 volunteers. American University, the University of South Florida, and George Washington University hold the second, third, and fourth spots, respectively. Graduate schools at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and the University of Denver tie for fifth.

Below find complete lists of the top schools in each category and the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2018 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category and an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here: www.peacecorps.gov/news/topcolleges/.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 Undergraduates

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison – 85

2. University of Washington – 74

3. University of Minnesota – 72

4. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – 70

5. University of Florida – 68

Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1. George Washington University – 50

2. American University – 49

3. College of William and Mary – 35

4. University of Montana – 34

5. Tulane University – 33

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

1. St. Mary’s College of Maryland – 17

2. Macalester College – 15

2. St. Lawrence University – 15

4. University of Redlands – 14

4. University of Mary Washington – 14 

4. Evergreen State College – 14

4. Hobart and William Smith Colleges – 14

4. Whitworth University – 14

4. Spelman College – 14

Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:

1. Tulane University – 27

2. American University – 19

3. University of South Florida – 16

4. George Washington University – 15

5. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – 14

5. Columbia University – 14

5. University of Denver – 14

Historical, Since 1961 – Total Volunteers:

1. University of California, Berkeley 3,671

2. University of Wisconsin–Madison 3,279

3. University of Washington 3,027

4. University of Michigan 2,720

5. University of Colorado Boulder 2,504


*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2017 data as of September 30, 2017, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.







Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer-Producing States and Metropolitan Areas in 2017
2017 Top States
Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer-Producing States and Metropolitan Areas in 2017

WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps today released its 2017 rankings of the top volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas across the country. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island is again the largest metropolitan-area producer of volunteers, after losing that designation to current No. 2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria in 2016.

 For the second straight year, Missoula, Montana, holds the No. 1 spot for top metro areas per capita, followed by No. 2 Charlottesville, Virginia, which last made the annual rankings in 2011. Ithaca, New York (No. 3), Fort Collins, Colorado (No. 5), and Ann Arbor, Michigan (No. 9), also returned to the per capita metros list in 2017.

 The District of Columbia became the No. 1 state per capita while California retained its No. 1 position on the total volunteer-producing states list. Washington State, Virginia, and Maryland appear in all four ranking categories.

 “Peace Corps volunteers come from all corners of our nation to create grassroots level change in our world,” said Peace Corps Chief Executive Officer Sheila Crowley. “Volunteers share their hometown values and perspectives with the host communities they serve, an intercultural exchange that leaves a legacy of peace and friendship. We are deeply grateful to the extraordinary communities in the U.S. which produce citizens with such a strong sense of purpose.”

The Peace Corps is unique among service organizations because our 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.

Below find the nation’s top 10 volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas for 2017. View the list of volunteer numbers from all 50 states here.

 2017 Top States – Per Capita (# of volunteers per 100,000 residents)

1. District of Columbia – 8.8

2. Vermont– 6.7

3. Montana – 4.9

4. Oregon – 4.3

4. Rhode Island – 4.3

6. Virginia – 4.2

7. Maryland – 4.1

7. Washington – 4.1

9. Maine – 4.0

10. Colorado – 3.9

10. Minnesota – 3.9


 2017 Top States – Total Volunteers

1. California – 873

2. New York – 485

3. Florida – 355

4. Virginia – 352

5. Texas – 327

6. Illinois – 325

7. Washington – 300

8. Pennsylvania – 296

9. Michigan – 266

10. Maryland – 250


 2017 Top Metropolitan Areas – Per Capita (# of volunteers per 100,000 residents)

1. Missoula, MT – 11.9

2. Charlottesville, VA – 9.9

3. Ithaca, NY – 9.8

3. Boulder, CO – 9.8

5. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO – 9.7

6. Burlington-South Burlington, VT – 9.5

7. Olympia, WA – 7.9

8. Madison, WI – 7.4

9. Ann Arbor, MI – 7.3

10. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 7.2

 

2017 Top Metropolitan Areas – Total Volunteers

1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA – 418

2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 403

3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA – 273

4. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI – 258

5. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH– 182

6. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA – 175

7. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – 174

8. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 154

9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA – 147

10. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA – 126

 

*Peace Corps data current as of September 30, 2017. 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.  






Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Bernice Heiderman
Bernice Heiderman
Bernice Heiderman
Washington, D.C., January 9, 2018 – Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer Bernice Heiderman of Inverness, IL. Bernice, 24, passed away after an illness while serving in Comoros on January 9, 2018.

“‘Bea’, as everyone called her, was a remarkable volunteer, who was admired by the students she taught and the members of the community where she lived,” said Acting Director Crowley. “Bea shared her love of museums with the students who joined the Junior Explorer’s Club she started.  They and Peace Corps will miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family as we mourn this tremendous loss.”  

Bernice served as an Education volunteer in Comoros, an island nation along the east coast of Africa. She taught English at the public junior high school in the community of Salimani, on the island of Grande Comore. She also started a Junior Explorer’s Club and worked to secure funds to conduct field trips to the National Museum of Comoros, a botanical garden and other historical sites on the island. Through the club, Bernice introduced its members to sites they had never before visited in their own country. In addition, Bernice worked closely with the curator of the National Museum to help create written descriptions for artifacts on display there.

At the certificate ceremony for the Junior Explorers, Bernice said, “I am so proud of my kids. They have enjoyed the explorations and I am happy to see them grow and become great leaders.”

One month prior to beginning her Peace Corps service, Bernice received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  While living in Chicago, Bernice was a Discovery Squad volunteer at the Field Museum, where she was a photography assistant and shared her knowledge and interest in the museum’s historical artifacts with visitors.

She is survived by her parents, Julie C. and William Heiderman, her sister, Grace Heiderman, and brother, Billy Heiderman.






Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Hanna Huntley
Hanna Huntley
Hanna Huntley

Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017 – Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer Hanna Huntley of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Hanna, 23, died from an automobile accident in Armenia on October 31, 2017.

“Hanna had a gift for languages and a passion for helping women and children. As a college student, she tutored children in Washington, D.C., and later cared for orphans in Romania,” Acting Director Crowley said. “I was privileged to meet Hanna during her swearing-in ceremony in Armenia in June. We are devastated that her promising life was cut short. Our hearts go out to Hanna’s family and friends during this profoundly difficult time.”

Hanna served as a Community Youth Development volunteer in Armenia. She worked at the Sevan Youth Club, a non-governmental agency in Sevan, Armenia, and made notable contributions, participating in the opening of the community’s first artistic teahouse and helping to organize a summer music festival. She also started an English club and was developing initiatives aimed at encouraging young community members to fully develop their potential.

Before beginning her Peace Corps service, Hanna wrote that serving in Armenia would be “… a dream come true.” Having taught English as a second language since she was 18, she looked forward to learning Armenian and using her cross-cultural skills to improve the lives of women and children.

Hanna received her undergraduate degree in international relations in 2016 from American University. While there, she tutored elementary school students at DC Reads and was active in Chi Alpha Campus Ministries and the AU Independent Arts Collective. Fluent in Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian, she taught English in Hungary and Slovakia; she also lived in Romania for several months, caring for young orphans and teaching them English.

She is survived by her parents, Krista and COL Peter D. Huntley, her brothers, Max and LT Peter Oscar Huntley, and friend Franny Valour.




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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
Benin click here
Botswana
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Burkina Faso click here,
Cameroon click here
Cape Verde
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Ethiopia click here
Gambia click here
Ghana
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Guinea click here
Kenya click here
Lesotho click here
Liberia
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Madagascar click here
Malawi
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Mali click here

Morocco click here
Mozambique click here

Namibia click here
Niger click here
Rwanda click here
Senegal click here
South Africa click here
Swaziland click here
Tanzania click here 
Togo

Tunisia
Uganda
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Zambia click here