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Peace Corps: University is a Top School for Volunteers

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January 27, 2012 – For the 10th year in a row, Georgetown has been ranked among the Peace Corps’ top institutions of higher learning that provide volunteers for the organization.

The university currently has 35 undergraduate alumni and six graduate alumni serving as volunteers, based on data from September 2011.

Since the organization’s establishment in 1961, a total of 866 alumni have served as volunteers.

The Peace Corps ranked Georgetown 10th this year among medium colleges and universities (between 5,000 to 15,000 students). The university is tied for 10th place with the University of Notre Dame and the College of Charleston.

Skills and Knowledge

“Colleges and universities prepare thousands of talented undergraduate and graduate alumni for Peace Corps service every year,” Aaron S. Williams, Peace Corps director, said in a statement. “These alumni go on to …[apply] the skills and knowledge they acquired during their studies to promote world peace and friendship and improve the lives of people around the world.”

He said volunteers make countless contributions to projects in agriculture, education, the environment, health, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, small business development and youth development.

Prepared for the Corps

Emmett Sapp (SFS’10), an environmental education volunteer in Paraguay, credits his time at Georgetown with preparing him for his Peace Corps work.

“Studying the history and culture of Latin America while at Georgetown has helped me to understand the modern reality of Paraguay and the factors behind the many challenges, such as corruption, poor education and high poverty rates that the country faces,” Sapp says.