Boston College ranks 16th among medium-size schools on the Peace Corps' 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, with 18 BC alumni currently volunteering worldwide.
The University has ranked among the top medium-size schools every year for the past decade. A total of 797 BC alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded in 1961.
“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities such as Boston College inspire in their alumni,” said Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley. “Peace Corps Volunteers make an impact in communities around the world, and when they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverage their education and strengthen their communities back home.”
BC alumna Claire Aloe, who received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Lynch School of Education and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Macedonia, offered praise for her experience in the Peace Corps. “The Boston College mission centers on developing sincere men and women for others,” said Aloe. “Similarly, the Peace Corps offers a meaningful opportunity to advance BC's mission by promoting social justice within a global context. It has been a wonderful experience.”
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.