The Peace Corps is proud to recognize the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). This year, the University of Texas at San Antonio ranks No. 7 for HSIs with eight undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Click the headline for the story.
La Prensa de San Antonio.- The Peace Corps is proud to recognize the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). This year, the University of Texas at San Antonio ranks No. 7 for HSIs with eight undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Click the headline for the story.
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“Peace Corps proudly congratulates these leading Hispanic Serving Institutions that have encouraged countless students to serve others through Peace Corps service worldwide,” Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams explained. “Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with community members to find sustainable solutions in health, education, environment, business, youth and agriculture.”
Currently, there are more than 600 Peace Corps Hispanic volunteers serving worldwide.
Peace Corps service provides both tangible benefits and a life-defining leadership experience. The volunteers return from service as global citizens and receive support from the Peace Corps in the form of career services, graduate school opportunities, advantages in federal employment, readjustment allowances, loan deferment and cancellation opportunities.
Peace Corps’ nine regional recruiting offices across the United States work to recruit and provide information and guidance to prospective Peace Corps volunteers.
The Southwest Regional Recruiting Office serves Texas and nine other states. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead and apply for Peace Corps service one year in advance of their target departure date. University of Texas at San Antonio students can learn more by contacting their local Peace Corps representative Nick Hake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are the top ten Peace Corps volunteer-producing HSIs. The numbers in parentheses represent the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers:
- 1. California State University, Fullerton (27)
- 2. California State University, Northridge (24)
- 3. University of Miami (19)
- 4. University of New Mexico (17)
- 5. California State University, Los Angeles (11)
- 5. Florida International University (11)
- 7. California State University, San Bernardino (8)
- 7. California State University, Fresno (8)
- 7. University of Texas at San Antonio (8)
- 10. St. Edward’s University, Austin (7)
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About the Peace Corps
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers work with local communities in 75 host countries. 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 www.peacecorps.gov for more information.
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