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Boston College Among Top Producers of Alumni Peace Corps Volunteers, 2011 Survey Shows

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (February 2011) -- Boston College is once again among the top 10 producers of Peace Corps volunteers in its category, placing ninth in the 2011 rankings of medium-sized colleges and universities with between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates. There are currently 38 undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, up from 36 last year.

BC alumni are currently serving as volunteers in Albania, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Senegal, Thailand, Togo, Ukraine and Vanuatu.

They work in sectors including education, 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 Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams.

“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, 718 BC alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers.