UGA among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing universities

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia is No. 17 on the Peace Corps’ 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the U.S. UGA has 44 alumni currently volunteering worldwide, and 570 UGA alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers since the Peace Corps began.

UGA alumnus Matthew Wood, currently serving in Ecuador as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer, will share his experiences Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 214 at the Miller Learning Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Through the Peace Corps Master’s International program, the agency partners with UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (http://t.uga.edu/zY) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (http://t.uga.edu/zZ) to offer students an opportunity to integrate a master’s degree with overseas service.

“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,” Peace Corps acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “The unique Peace Corps experience helps recent graduates cultivate highly sought-after skills that will launch their careers in today’s global economy.”

The Peace Corps has eight regional recruitment offices across the U.S. that work closely with prospective volunteers to ensure that all Americans who want to serve have the opportunity to do so. The Southeast regional recruitment office serves UGA. For more information, contact campus recruiter Aaron Joslin at peacecorpsuga@gmail.com or 706-542-7623.

The complete 2014 rankings of the top 25 schools in each undergraduate category are at http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/stats/schools2014.pdf.