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Ashley Bell Named Peace Corps Associate Director for External Affairs
Ashley Bell
Ashley Bell

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2017 — Today, Peace Corps announced Ashley Bell as the new Associate Director for External Affairs. As head of External Affairs, Bell will oversee Peace Corps’ Offices of Communications, Congressional Relations, Gifts and Grants Management and Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs.

“Peace Corps volunteers represent the best the United States has to offer and I am grateful for the opportunity to support an agency founded in the American ideal of serving others,” Bell said. “As head of External Affairs, my hope is to highlight to the public the vital role Peace Corps plays in irrevocably changing the lives of both volunteers and the communities they help.”

Bell joins Peace Corps with a wealth of experience in external affairs and international relations. Prior to Peace Corps, Bell served as a special advisor in the Public Affairs Bureau of the Department of State, where he developed strategy around the Secretary of State’s domestic engagement agenda. During the presidential transition, Bell served as the communications and intergovernmental affairs lead on the landing team at the Department of State.

Before joining the Trump Administration, Bell was a senior strategist for communications at the Republican National Committee (RNC). As national director of African American political engagement for the RNC, he managed and provided strategic direction to over 200 RNC field employees and thousands of volunteers. He is the founder, chief executive officer and chairman of 20/20 Leaders of America. A lawyer by trade, Ashley began his career as a public defender, and later became a trial attorney and co-founder of the law firm Bell & Washington LLP, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University and obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University.






First Group of Two-Year Peace Corps Volunteers to Begin Service in Myanmar

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26, 2017 – Today, Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley joined U.S. Charge d’affaires Kristen Bauer and the Rector of East Yangon University, Dr. Kyaw Kyaw Khaung, in Yangon, Myanmar to swear in Myanmar’s first-ever two-year Peace Corps volunteers. After ten weeks of pre-service training, the 15 new volunteers were sworn in at a ceremony at the Karaweik Palace before leaving for their communities where they will teach English at local middle and high schools. Myanmar is the 141st country to invite Peace Corps volunteers to work and live in local communities.

“This day marks a new chapter not just in our volunteers’ lives and careers – but also for the Peace Corps, and for the partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,” Acting Director Crowley said. “I thank our Myanmar partners for their kindness, love, and warm welcome. We are honored to serve your communities, and we look forward to working with you, side by side, shoulder to shoulder, towards a brighter future for all our children.”

At the request of the Government of Myanmar, Peace Corps is providing qualified American men and women to assist Myanmar in meeting education goals while also promoting a better understanding between the people of the United States and Myanmar. The Peace Corps’ Myanmar program began in 2016 with a group of short-term Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Yangon Region. Volunteers worked side by side with Myanmar teachers of English in basic education middle and high schools.

Peace Corps volunteers around the world work with communities to strengthen local capacity, facilitate cultural exchanges and build relationships that last a lifetime. The Peace Corps works closely with local governments to support their goals and priorities such as upgrading education standards, improving the capacities of teachers, and providing quality English language instruction to students. 






Former President Jimmy Carter and Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley Present 2017 Lillian Carter Award
Lillian Carter Award Ceremony
Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley and Former President Jimmy Carter with the 2017 Lillian Carter Award winner, Leita Kaldi Davis.

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, Former President Jimmy Carter was joined by Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley and Executive Director of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board Ron Stephens to present the 2017 Lillian Carter Award in the Cecil B. Day Chapel at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The biennial ceremony recognizes an outstanding returned volunteer who served over the age of 50 and demonstrates commitment to the Peace Corps’ third goal: To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

The Lillian Carter Award was established in 1986 in honor of former President Carter's mother, who served as a health volunteer in India in 1966 at age 68.

This year, Leita Kaldi Davis, 79, of Bradenton, Florida, received the award. “Rarely does one find an opportunity to change one’s life completely, become immersed in an unknown culture, live among people who are kind, wise, and beautiful,” Davis said. “For three years, as a Peace Corps volunteer, I found ways to help my neighbors with small economic advances, health problems, or education. And they helped me to understand what human dignity really means, and how closely connected we are to the earth.”  

Leita Kaldi Davis

Born and raised near Syracuse, New York, Leita Kaldi Davis of Bradenton, Florida, began her Peace Corps service in Senegal at age 55 in 1993. Davis spent two years working as a small enterprise development volunteer, eventually extending her service for a third year. As a volunteer, she helped women in her community launch their own business of picking and selling mussels at local markets and taught them how to refine their bookkeeping and increase profits. In addition, she built a warehouse for their operations with the help of a small projects loan.

From 1997 to 2002, Davis continued her tenure with the Peace Corps by serving as an administrator of Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, where she cared for Peace Corps volunteers in the field. She later returned to Senegal in both 2001 and 2005 to volunteer at Africa Consultants International (ACI), for which she developed annual appeals and continues to coordinate fundraising efforts. 

Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Davis pursued adult education courses in literature and music at Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, New York University, Tufts University, Harvard University and Alliance Francaise in Paris. She worked as an administrative assistant for the United Nations; a program officer at the Law and Population Program, the International Social Studies Program, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Harvard Institute for International Development; a conference manager at various Florida hotels; an assistant manager of the International Executive Club at CenTrust Bank; and the director of the Foundlings Women’s Club in Miami Beach. After her service, Davis worked as a substitute teacher and a lecturer at the University of South Florida’s Lifelong Learning Academy. Davis retired in 2002.

Since completing her Peace Corps service, Davis has devoted much of her time to promoting the agency’s mission. She has published seven memoirs – two of which document her service overseas, “Roller Skating in the Desert” and “In the Valley of Atibon” – and 50 other articles and stories. In addition, she taught a course titled “Peace Corps at 50” at the Lifelong Learning Academy. Davis has also delivered presentations about the Peace Corps to various groups and organizations – including the U.S. National Committee for UN Women and the American Foreign Service Association – and facilitated discussions at major book clubs about President Carter’s book, “Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”

Davis has been an active member of returned Peace Corps volunteer groups in South Florida and Gulf Coast Florida since 1993 and 2006, respectively. She is also involved with UN Women and collaborates with the Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) to support their community programs for immigrants. Davis received FANM’s Marie Claire Heureuse Award in 2013 for “outstanding leadership on women's rights, and for being an ambassador for social justice and global peace.”  






Peace Corps Announces 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017 – Today, the Peace Corps announced its 2017 rankings of the top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Hampton University, Central State University and Prairie View A&M University all appeared on the agency’s annual ranking for the first time. Hampton debuted at No. 4 with four alumni currently serving abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. Central State and Prairie View both rank No. 5, earning a three-way tie with Morehouse College.

For the second year in a row, Howard University, Spelman College and Florida A&M University hold the top three spots on the list. This is the sixth-consecutive year that Howard University produced the most Peace Corps volunteers among HBCUs, with 18 undergraduate alumni currently serving overseas in 14 countries. Spelman College and Florida A&M University earned the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities cultivate a commitment to community-oriented education that inspires their graduates to pursue international service and make an impact abroad with the Peace Corps,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Each year, a growing number of HBCU alumni join the Peace Corps with important experiences and perspectives that give communities overseas a better understanding of the diversity of the United States.”

Both Howard and Spelman also appeared on Peace Corps’ national list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities this year, with Howard ranking No. 14 among medium-sized undergraduate schools and Spelman ranking No. 7 among small schools. Since 1961, 242 Howard alumni and 94 Spelman alumnae have served with the Peace Corps.

Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on leadership experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. College graduates with Peace Corps volunteer experience gain cross-cultural, language and community development skills that build upon their education and give them a competitive edge for career and advanced education opportunities.

The Peace Corps has recruiters across the country that visit HBCUs and work closely with prospective volunteers. By hiring dedicated diversity recruiters and hosting diversity-focused recruitment events, the agency aims to build an inclusive volunteer force and ensure that all Americans know about service opportunities with the Peace Corps.

 

Peace Corps’ 2017 top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities are:

     1. Howard University: 18 currently serving volunteers

     2. Spelman College: 11 currently serving volunteers

     3. Florida A&M University: 7 currently serving volunteers

     4. Hampton University: 4 currently serving volunteers

     5. Central State University: 3 currently serving volunteers

     5. Morehouse College: 3 currently serving volunteers

     5. Prairie View A&M University: 3 currently serving volunteers


A simple and personal Peace Corps application process can be completed online in about one hour. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by visiting the Peace Corps website and connecting with a recruiter.

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2016 data as of September 30, 2016, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.






Peace Corps Announces 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2017 – For the first time in three years, the University of Wisconsin–Madison reclaims the top spot among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are currently 87 Badgers serving in 40 countries around the world. For years, UW-Madison has consistently sent some of the largest cohorts of volunteers overseas and has maintained its place as the No. 2 all-time volunteer producer with 3,239 alumni having served since 1961. Among small schools, Denison University tops the list, making significant strides this year by jumping 13 spots from No. 14 in 2016. American University finally nabs the No. 1 medium volunteer-producing university title, having been just shy of the top spot for the past two years.

Among graduate schools, Tulane University remains in the top spot for the third-consecutive year and shares its title with American University, with each institution having sent 20 alumni to serve this year. The University of California, Berkeley remains the all-time highest producer of Peace Corps volunteers in the country, having had more than 3,600 alumni answer the call to service since 1961.  

“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. “Many college graduates view Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.”

Once again, District of Columbia-area schools have a strong hold on spots in the medium-sized colleges and universities category with American University’s local rival, The George Washington University, ranking No. 3 this year. Georgetown University and Howard University earned the No. 6 and No. 14 spots, respectively.

Among small schools, the University of Mary Washington moves up in the ranking to No. 2, sharing the spot with the University of Puget Sound. Both St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Hobart and William Smith Colleges make the largest leap in rankings this year with both schools moving from unranked to No. 4 among small schools, earning a three-way tie with Whitworth University. Spelman College appears on the ranking for the first time at No. 7 in the small enrollment category, one of two historically black college and universities to appear on the list along with Howard University.

Below find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. 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.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers: 

More than 15,000 undergraduates

1. University of Wisconsin–Madison - 87

2. University of Washington - 73

3. University of Minnesota - 70

4. University of Michigan - 60

5. University of Florida - 58


Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers: 

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1. American University - 54

2. Western Washington University - 48

3. The George Washington University - 45

4. The College of William & Mary - 36

5. Humboldt State University - 33


Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers: 

Less than 5,000 undergraduates

1. Denison University - 16

2. University of Mary Washington - 13

2. University of Puget Sound - 13

4. St. Mary's College of Maryland - 12

4. Whitworth University - 12

4. Hobart and William Smith Colleges - 12


Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers: 

1. American University - 20

1. Tulane University - 20

3. University of South Florida - 18

4. University of Michigan - 15

4. Boston University - 15


Historical, Since 1961 – Total Volunteers: 

1. University of California, Berkeley - 3,640

2. University of Wisconsin–Madison - 3,239

3. University of Washington - 2,981

4. University of Michigan - 2,684

5. University of Colorado Boulder - 2,468


*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2016 data as of September 30, 2016, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.




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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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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