UNH Ranks No. 25 in Peace Corps Medium Size School Rankings
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 9, 2011
UNH graduates have served in the Peace Corps since the volunteer organization was launched in 1961. Today, 21 alum are working in 20 countries, teaching everything from English to small business development. That number places the university at 25 in the Peace Corps 2011 ranking of colleges and universities in the medium size category.
Volunteers are currently serving in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Eastern Caribbean, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Senegal, Tonga, Uganda, Ukraine, Vanuatu and Zambia, and are working in areas of agriculture, education, English, health, small business development and youth development.
“For the last 50 years, colleges and universities across our country have been an integral part of the Peace Corps family, from developing young leaders, to hosting trainings and teaching the importance of lifelong learning,” said Aaron S. Williams, Peace Corps director. “In 1961, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in response to the passion of university students, and today we continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity of the thousands of Americans now serving overseas. Colleges instill a commitment to public service among their students and share our belief that, together, we can work to make the world a better place.”
Since 1961, 656 UNH alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Today, Peace Corps volunteers work in 77 countries in the areas of education, youth and community development, health and HIV/AIDS, business information and communication technology, agriculture and environment.