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February 6, 2013

Bucknell University Ranks as 2013 Peace Corps Top College

LEWISBURG — Bucknell University ranks No. 23 on Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges for small schools. The annual list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the U.S. for small, medium, large and graduate institutions. The 2013 list marks Bucknell’s first appearance on the national rankings since 2009.

There are currently 14 undergraduate alumni from Bucknell University serving overseas. Since the agency was founded in 1961, a total of 267 alumni have served in the Peace Corps.  

Bucknell alumni are currently serving as volunteers in Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Vanuatu. They work in areas including agriculture, education, environment, health and youth development.

Currently, more than 8,000 volunteers are working with communities in 76 host countries on projects related to agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development.

During Peace Corps service, college graduates make a difference in communities overseas. Volunteers return home as global citizens with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them for advanced education and professional opportunities in today’s global job market. Ninety percent of volunteer positions require a bachelor’s degree. Americans with backgrounds in agriculture, environment, teaching English as a second language, and other technical or language skills related to Peace Corps assignment areas are encouraged to apply for service one year in advance of their target departure date. The next application deadline is Feb. 28. Bucknell students interested in learning more should contact Peace Corps recruiter Kimberly Helm at khelm@peacecorps.gov.

 

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