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Kathleen Holmes, Benin 2004-06

Kathleen Holmes, Benin 2004-06

Kathleen Holmes '03 (Biology and IPE) worked in rural community health. She is now a Public Health Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.

Brandon Forester, Mauritania 2008-09; Rwanda 2009-10

Brandon Forester, Mauritania 2008-09; Rwanda 2009-10

Brandon Forester '07 (IPE and Classics) taught English in primary and secondary schools in both urban and rural settings. He is now an organizer at Free Press/Free Press Action Fund where he helps people create a visionary future for media, technology, and journalism.

Peace Corps Prep Program

Peace Corps Prep (PC Prep) is an undergraduate certificate program that helps students become more competitive candidates for international development fieldwork in the Peace Corps and other international organizations.

The program creates a framework integrating coursework with hands-on experience and professional development to help students build four competencies:

  1. Training and experience in one of six work sectors:  education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development, community economic development.
  2. Foreign language proficiency.  Spanish for Latin America, French for West Africa, no language requirement for most other countries.
  3. Intercultural competence.  Courses you choose to learn about others while reflecting upon yourself in relation to others. 
  4. Professional savvy and leadership.  Professional development workshops or courses and experience in organization and leadership.

Want to learn more?  Interested in participating in PC Prep?  Here are the steps to take:

  1. Read the Puget Sound PC Prep student guide.  It provides a more in-depth description of the  program.
  2. Submit the PC Prep online interest form.
  3. Meet with the PC Prep Advisor, Professor Matt Warning (, to discuss your interest and begin creating your PC Prep plan of study and experience.

The Peace Corps

Blogs/Vlogs of Puget Sound students serving in the Peace Corps