Oregon ranks 10th among large colleges in Peace Corps service

With 79 undergraduate alumni serving overseas, the University of Oregon ranks No. 10 on the 2012 Peace Corps Top Colleges rankings in the large school category. 

UO jumped nine spots from last year and has always placed in the top 20 since the Peace Corps started the Top Colleges rankings in 2003. Historically, 1,105 Ducks have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

Oregon's long contribution in Peace Corps was highlighted in this story in the winter edition of Oregon Quarterly.
 
UO alumnus Matthew Kolb (pictured above) is serving as a community environmental management volunteer in Peru. He works with an eco-club at the primary school he started in the town where he lives.
 
“The eco-club focuses on trash management and reforestation, among other things," he said. "The teacher of the class and I try to plan environmentally themed projects each month.” 
 
Colleges and universities prepare thousands of talented undergraduate and graduate alumni for Peace Corps service every year, said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams, Dominican Republic ‘67-‘70.
 
“These alumni go on to serve as Peace Corps volunteers, applying the skills and knowledge they acquired during their studies to promote world peace and friendship and improve the lives of people around the world," Williams said. "Every day, volunteers make countless contributions to projects in agriculture, education, the environment, health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention, small business development, and youth development."
 
For more information about volunteering with the Peace Corps, contact Hannah Klausman, our UO Peace Corps representative at Pcorps@uoregon.edu or attend the upcoming info session on campus at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in Gerlinger Hall, Room 202.