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University of Maryland Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges

February 28, 2017
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Natifia Mullings 301-405-4076

COLLEGE PARK, Md.– The University of Maryland is ranked No. 15 among large schools on the Peace Corp’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, with 42 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. This is the seventh consecutive year that UMD has ranked among the top large schools.

Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 1,242 alumni from UMD have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. 

Kaitlyn Moberly, a UMD alumna, currently serves as an agriculture volunteer in Nepal. For the past two years, she has made a difference in her host community through subtle personal interactions every day—an impact she credits to her education and experiences at the University of Maryland.

“My primary work has been kiwi cultivation with farmers in my community for food diversity and income generation,” said Moberly. “Not only did my education at UMD support my Peace Corps journey, but my experiences there did as well. During my time at Maryland, I participated in a study abroad to India, during which I worked with staff members at a local hospital. It was a great introduction to having professionalism in a new culture, time management, and a taste of how it felt to be so far away from home.”

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. View the complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college are serving here.