Alumnae Rank High Among Peace Corps Volunteers
Boston, Mass.—With 18 Smith
women serving this year in Peace Corps jobs abroad, the
college ranks 15th among small-size schools nationwide in
producing volunteers for the government agency.
Smith alumnae are currently
serving as volunteers in Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mali, Micronesia, Morocco,
Mozambique, Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia. They work in areas
including agriculture, education, environment, health and HIV/AIDS,
business development and youth development.
Since the Peace Corps was founded
in 1961, 354 Smith alumnae have served. The college consistently
ranks among the top 20 schools in producing Peace Corps volunteers.
“Colleges and universities prepare
thousands of talented undergraduate and graduate alumni for
Peace Corps service every year,” said Peace Corps Director
Aaron S. Williams (volunteer, Dominican Republic, 1967-1970). “These
alumni go on to serve as Peace Corps volunteers, applying the
skills and knowledge they acquired during their studies to
promote world peace and friendship and improve the lives of
people around the world. Every day, volunteers make countless
contributions to projects in agriculture, education, the environment,
health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention, small business
development, and youth development. I would like to extend
my gratitude to all colleges and universities for their continued
support of the Peace Corps and public service.”
The Peace Corps
ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according
to the size of the student body. Small schools have less than
Mount Holyoke College, with 17
Peace Corps volunteers, placed 20th on the small-school list.
Corps volunteer-producing schools.