This year Tulane University ranks No. 3 on the 2012 top Peace Corps volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the graduate school category, and No. 18 in the undergraduate medium school category.
There are currently 16 graduate students and 25 undergraduate alumni serving overseas. Since 1961, nearly 450 alumni have served in the Peace Corps. Tulane was the only school in Louisiana to make the top list in both the undergraduate and graduate categories.
“Colleges and universities prepare thousands of talented undergraduate and graduate alumni for Peace Corps service every year,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams (Dominican Republic, 1967-1970). “These alumni go on to serve as Peace Corps volunteers, applying the skills and knowledge they acquired during their studies to promote world peace and friendship and improve the lives of people around the world. Every day, volunteers make countless contributions to projects in agriculture, education, the environment, health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention, small business development, and youth development. I would like to extend my gratitude to all colleges and universities for their continued support of the Peace Corps and public service.”
Tulane volunteers are serving in nearly 20 countries such as Belize, Cameroon, and Kyrgyzstan. Ryan Johnson, 2006 Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language graduate, is currently serving in Kyrgyzstan teaching English as a foreign language at four government ministries. His degree has been a great help in helping him as a TEFL volunteer and he says serving in the Peace Corps has been a lifetime goal.
“Ever since I was a child I have dreamed of joining the Peace Corps. I believe it was a combination of a sense of adventure and giving back,” said Johnson. “Naturally in the life of a volunteer there are ups and downs, successes and failures, but overall I have enjoyed and valued my work in Peace Corps.”
Johnson enjoys his service so much he recently applied and received an extension to serve a third year. “Peace Corps is probably the greatest thing I have ever done. It changed my life,” he added.
“Ryan is a great example of the strong network of Peace Corps volunteers and supporters from Tulane,” said Mike McKay, Southwest Regional Manager. “Our unique partnership with the School of Public Health has helped promote the Peace Corps mission and reaffirms our collaboration and commitment to providing highly educated and trained people to serve overseas.”
The Master’s International program allows students the opportunity to integrate graduate study with international development practice through Peace Corps field experience. Tulane MI students earn their Master in Public Health or Master of Science in Public Health while simultaneously serving in the Peace Corps. The program is designed for students to apply skills learned in an academic setting toward solving important health problems in developing countries during their service overseas.
Peace Corps’ nine regional recruiting offices across the United States work to recruit and provide information and guidance to prospective Peace Corps volunteers. The Southwest Regional Recruiting Office serves Louisiana and nine other states. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead and apply for Peace Corps service one year in advance of their target departure date. Locate your local regional recruiting office by visiting the Peace Corps website here.
Americans with backgrounds in agriculture, environment, teaching English as a second language, and other technical or language skills related to Peace Corps assignment areas are encouraged to apply. “These applicants are the most competitive for our jobs in 2012 and 2013,” McKay added.
You can view the entire top 25 rankings for each school size category, as well as all-time and graduate school rankings here.
The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body. Small schools have less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-sized schools have between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates and large schools have more than 15,000 undergraduates. The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2011 data as of September 30, 2011 as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.
About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.
January 23, 2012
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