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Maryland Named Top 25 Peace Corps Recruiter

February 8, 2013
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Beth Cavanaugh 301-405-4625

Peace Corps Top Colleges LogoCOLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland has been ranked 24th in the Peace Corps' annual list of the 25 top volunteer-producing colleges in the large school category—with 53 undergraduate alumni currently serving as volunteers overseas.  Since the Peace Corps' inception, 1,144 UMD alumni have served, making it the 27th highest volunteer-producing university of all time.

"I fell in love with serving others at Maryland," said Jackie Iloh '07 who is a youth development volunteer in the Dominican Republic. "I would recommend the Peace Corps to Maryland seniors because it is literally an extension of our President's Promise initiative. With the Peace Corps, you will receive a living-learning experience unlike any other, the international experience of a life time, amazing leadership experiences and opportunities for personal development, and an amazing service learning experience where you will undoubtedly gain so much more than you thought possible."

"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."

Molly Douglas, the University's campus recruiter and a returned Peace Corps volunteer, hosts various information sessions on campus.  Douglas can be reached directly at 202-692-1051 or mdouglas@peacecorps.gov. For the full list of recruitment events at Maryland, click here.

The full list of colleges and universities on the Peace Corps' Top College list is available 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 http://www.peacecorps.gov/ for more information.