James Madison University Is One of the Peace Corps’ 2019 Top Volunteer-Producing Schools!

We have some exciting news, JMU Dukes!

The Peace Corps shared this morning’s press release regarding their top volunteer-producing schools, and James Madison University is on the list.

Check out the below press release for how JMU is serving the global community, and don’t miss how you can become a Peace Corps Campus Ambassador at the end of this post.

Go Dukes! 😆

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Peace Corps announced today that James Madison University (JMU) ranked No. 20 among large schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 42 JMU alumni currently volunteering in countries around the world.

In 2018, James Madison University ranked No. 24.

“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”

Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, more than 530 alumni from James Madison University have served abroad as volunteers.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below, find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2019 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2018 data as of September 30, 2018, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

About the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Want to be JMU’s Peace Corps Campus Ambassador?

Peace Corps Campus Ambassadors serve as peer-to-peer outreach experts on undergraduate university campuses nationwide. Working closely with Peace Corps recruiters, Campus Ambassadors use their campus connections and social media to spread the word about Peace Corps and reach underrepresented student groups. The specifics of each Campus Ambassador’s role and the time percentages of their duties will vary based on local needs, but the program’s primary focus is targeted student outreach.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

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