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Alums Serving in the Peace Corps Move UNH Up on Top Volunteers List

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
January 23, 2008

UNH moved up three spots this year on the Peace Corps’ list of the top 25 medium-sized schools producing Peace Corps volunteers.

With 27 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, UNH is now ranked No. 14. Since its inception, 615 UNH graduates have joined the Peace Corps, placing it at No. 64 in all-time volunteers.

Although it is not a requirement for service, the majority of volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps since its founding 46 years ago have been college graduates. Currently, 95 percent of the volunteers have at least an undergraduate degree; 11 percent have graduate degrees.

“The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity for graduates to use their education and skills and apply them in the real world,” said Peace Corps director Ron Tschetter. “I am proud that there are 1,192 institutions of higher learning currently represented by Peace Corps volunteers serving in 74 countries overseas. These institutions can be proud of the contributions their graduates are making in the lives of others around the globe.”

Schools are ranked according to the size of the student body. Small schools are those with less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-size schools have between 5,001 to 15,000 undergraduates and large schools more than 15,000 undergraduates.

Since 1961, more than 190,000 volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries where volunteers have served. Volunteers, who agree to a 27-month commitment, must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age.

UNH volunteers are now serving in the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Malawi, Micronesia, Moldova, Morocco, Nicaragua, Niger, Peru, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Vanuatu and Zambia and are helping with agriculture, business advising and development, teaching English, high school or secondary level math and science, environmental education, forestry, protected areas management, health, and youth development.

Fields of study while at UNH included education, business administration, health administration, communications, anthropology, biology, wildlife biology/management, forestry, economics, English, environmental studies, journalism, political science, Spanish, social work, sociology and international studies

To view the entire “Peace Corps Top Colleges 2007" list, go to http://www.peacecorps.gov/news/resources/stats/pdf/schools2008.pdf

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