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UVM Among Top 25 Peace Corps Producers

By The View Staff Article published January 16, 2008

This year, the University of Vermont ranks among the top 25 mid-sized colleges and universities with alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. With 25 volunteers in the field, UVM is 15th among colleges and universities with 5,001-15,000 undergraduates.

"I have the easiest job," says current UVM Peace Corps recruiter Amanda Richardson, a graduate student in Community Development and Applied Economics. "I'm more of a representative than a recruiter because there are so many students who are interested."

Since 1961, more than 700 UVM graduates have joined the Peace Corps. Currently, UVM alumni are serving in Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Niger, Ukraine and other locations on projects ranging from HIV/AIDS education to business advising and teaching English.

The university's excellent Peace Corps placement is right at home in Vermont. In 2007, the state held the title of second highest resident volunteers per capita.

Joining UVM on the list of mid-sized schools are Cornell, Boston College, Yale, Northwestern and the University of Virginia. For the full list, see "Top Peace Corps Universities and Colleges (PDF)" on the Peace Corps website.