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Bowdoin Among Top 25 Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Institutions

Story posted January 17, 2008

Bowdoin College is among the Peace Corps' top 25 list of small colleges and universities producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 14 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Bowdoin College is tied for 24th place — with Hamline, Hope, Johns Hopkins, Trinity, Wesleyan and Wheaton — in the 2008 rankings of schools having 5,000 or fewer students.

Bowdoin alums are currently serving in Bolivia, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Krygyzstan, Macedonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Peru, Romania, Senegal and Suriname.

Areas of service range from agricultural, environmental and business development projects to health, education and youth service projects.

"The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity for graduates to use their education and skills, and apply them in the real world," said Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter.

Although it is not a requirement for service, the majority of volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps since its founding 46 years ago have been college graduates. Currently, 95 percent of volunteers have at least an undergraduate degree, with 11 percent of those also possessing a graduate level degree.

Since the Peace Corps' inception in 1961, 237 Bowdoin alumni have joined the ranks, making the College the No. 179 producer of volunteers of all time. Over the years more than 190,000 volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries where volunteers have served. Currently, there are more than 8,000 volunteers abroad, the most in 37 years.

Click here to view the entire "Peace Corps Top Colleges 2007" list.

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