Boston College Among Nation's Top
Producers of Peace Corps Volunteers
ranked 6th among medium size schools on 2013 list
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (2-5-13) — Boston College ranks 6th on the Peace Corps 2013 Top Colleges list for medium size schools, a measure of the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the US. The University rose in the ranking from last year where it held the No. 7 spot. There are currently 36 BC undergraduate alumni serving in the Peace Corps. Since the agency was founded in 1961, 752 Boston College alumni have served in the Peace Corps.
BC undergraduate alumni are volunteering in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guinea, Jordan, Macedonia, Madagascar, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine and Zambia. They are working in areas such as education, environment, health, community economic development and youth development.
Boston College is the leading producer of Peace Corps volunteers among the country’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. Other Jesuit schools in the Peace Corps rankings are Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, Loyola University Chicago and Seattle University.
“Every year, graduates of colleges and universities across the United States are making a difference in communities overseas through Peace Corps service,” said Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “As a result of the top-notch education they receive, these graduates are well prepared for the challenge of international service. They become leaders in their host communities and carry the spirit of service and leadership back with them when they return home.”
Anne Libera of Simsbury, Conn. is a 2011 BC alumna who is currently serving in the Peace Corps as an environmental educator in Peru.
“The Peace Corps offers you the opportunity to integrate into new cultures, learn new languages, serve others and explore what you want to do in life,” she said. “It is a roller coaster ride with highs and lows, successes and failures but at the end of the day I love what I am doing and there is nowhere else I would rather be.”
The strong commitment to service she displayed at Boston College helped prepare Libera for her stint in the Peace Corps.
“I was involved with volunteerism all throughout my four years at Boston College. I went on two service trips- one to Nicaragua assisting with a microfinance project and another to the Jemez Reservation in New Mexico. I also took PULSE and volunteered weekly at the Boys and Girls Club in Allston/Brighton. During my senior year I taught English as a Second Language to immigrant adults at the Boston College Neighborhood Center,” said Libera. “It truly is men and women for others [at] Boston College and I wanted to continue [that once I graduated].”
The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body. Small schools have less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-sized schools have between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates and large schools have more than 15,000 undergraduates. The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2012 data as of September 30, 2012 as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.
The entire top 25 rankings for each school size category, as well as all-time and graduate school rankings, can be found here.
About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.
BC students interested in learning more should contact Peace Corps recruiter Katrina Deutsch at email@example.com.