TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound has tied for No. 14 among small schools in the Peace Corps’ 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country.
The Pacific Northwest national liberal arts college, which draws students from almost every state in the country, has established itself as one of the top volunteer-producing schools in its category and has been highly ranked for more than a dozen years. Currently 12 Logger alumni are volunteering worldwide.
“The same passion that launched the Peace Corps more than 50 years ago fuels progress in developing countries today thanks to the leadership and creativity that college graduates bring to their Peace Corps service,” said Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “The unique Peace Corps experience helps recent graduates cultivate highly sought-after skills that will launch their careers in today’s global economy.”
Since the Peace Corps was first established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, 284 alumni from University of Puget Sound have traveled abroad to serve as two-year volunteers.
“University of Puget Sound has a long tradition as a top contributor of volunteers who answer the call to serve the Peace Corps mission of world peace and friendship,” said Peace Corps West Coast Regional Manager Janet Allen. “We are very grateful and proud of Puget Sound’s sustained and continuing commitment to develop globally aware individuals dedicated to making a difference through service in host communities around the world as Peace Corps volunteers.”
Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on leadership experience that offers individuals the opportunity to travel to the farthest corners of the world and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Peace Corps volunteers live and work at the community level and promote a better understanding between Americans and the people they serve, while at the same time becoming global citizens.
“Peace Corps is the most intensive leadership training you can possibly receive. It pushes you to think outside the box every day,” said University of Puget Sound alumna Tatiana Cary ’12, a youth asset builder volunteer in Morocco. “As I’ve continued to live and integrate in a new country, it’s forced me to think critically about my own culture, remarking not only on the differences, but also the similarities. One of my greatest surprises in Peace Corps was the wealth of talent among volunteers. I am continuously impressed with my peers and feel grateful to be part of such a positive and vibrant community. There is no ‘average volunteer’ in Peace Corps and the diversity among volunteers [has] enriched my experience here beyond measure.”
Other Peace Corps volunteers have written about their time abroad on Puget Sound’s website. You can read about the experience of Mika Yasuo ’06 here: https://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/ces/students/connecting-with-alumni/alumni-interviews/peace-corps/.
When volunteers return home, they bring knowledge and experiences that give them a competitive edge for 21st century jobs and advanced educational opportunities. They give back to their own communities and enrich the lives of those around them, helping to strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.
The Peace Corps ranks the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. The current rankings are based on fiscal year 2014 data, as of Sept. 30, 2013. The Peace Corps has six recruitment regions across the United States that work closely with prospective volunteers to ensure that all Americans who want to serve have the opportunity to do so. Students and others can find the recruitment office near them by visiting the Peace Corps website here.
For the full list of the Peace Corps 2014 rankings of the top 25 schools in each undergraduate category visit: http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/stats/schools2014.pdf
To learn more about the Peace Corp visit: www.peacecorps.gov
Press photos of Puget Sound alumni in the Peace Corps are available upon request.
Photos on page: Top right: Girls in Swaziland; Above left: Peace Corps volunteer Rachel Bennett in Gambia; Above left: Peace Corp volunteer lights a gas heater in his Azerbaijan apartment
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