Sept. 12, 2019
Watson Brown ’74 (MA) settles his Yeti tumbler of tea into the cup holder of his Toyota Tacoma and flips open a book of county maps showing hills and valleys and the narrowest of dirt...Read More
Sept. 12, 2019
With El Capitan’s 3,200-foot-high granite rockface looming behind her, Sanni McCandless ’14 pulls her car over and lets her mind go to a dark place. For the first time in the almost two years since...Read More
Carolina, often near the top of schools with alumni in the Peace Corps, remains in the top five nationally in the latest annual report from the volunteer program.
UNC is now tied for fifth with Ohio State University and the University of Washington — each with 62 current volunteers. UNC ranked fourth last year with 70 volunteers. The rankings are based on self-reporting by volunteers.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison tops this year’s list for large schools, with 75 volunteers. The University of Virginia has risen to No. 2 from No. 15 in just two years. The universities of Minnesota and Michigan are third and fourth.
“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers help develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.
Carolina’s annual numbers going back to 2011 are:
Carolina has sent 1,347 alumni to the corps since 1961.