W&M again named a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

  • W&M again named a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

W&M again named a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

This is the fourth year that UW-Madison has ranked among the top five large universities and colleges, and the second year the university has claimed the top spot. She credits her time at Tulane and the university's worldwide development program with inspiring her to serve in the Peace Corps.

Hannah Smith, UW alumna, is now serving as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Senegal, where she works with her community on nutrition projects. An interactive map showing where W&M alumni are now volunteering may be found online.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body.

"From how I view success, fulfillment and acceptance to how I define family, resilience and sacrifice, it is clear to me Peace Corps has changed the lens through which I view the world", she said.

"When they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverages their education and strengthens their communities back home".

UCD graduate Julio Lamas recently completed service as a community and organizational development volunteer in Albania.

"The University of MI is proud that once again our students have, through their participation in the Peace Corps, exhibited the public ethos for service and positive impact on the world that is at the heart of MI", said James Holloway, U-M vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs.

In 2017, the city of Boulder ranked No. 3 among top metropolitan areas per capita with 9.8 volunteers per 100,000 residents. During his time there, Lamas helped develop opportunities for tourism and youth civic engagement. "The Peace Corps offers an experience that will benefit them both personally and professionally". "I have a lot of returned volunteer friends that I made in the Peace Corps who were definitely an influential factor as well". Recently, she has been working with community members on an event that will feature games, a health fair and a Maya cultural celebration.

According to Peace Corps volunteer, Elizabeth Marik, a 2016 graduate of UW-Madison, the university inspires alumni to join the Peace Corps. "Going into Peace Corps, I was pretty confident I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine".

UCD has been a top college for more than 15 years, and a total of 1,517 alumni have served in the Peace Corps.

For the second year in a row, Wisconsin's flagship university tops the list of large schools providing volunteers to the Peace Corps, with 85 alumni now volunteering worldwide.