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ASU is recognized by the Peace Corps West Region news stating "On February 28th the Peace Corps announced that Arizona State University (ASU) ranked No. 13 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 43 Sun Devils currently volunteering worldwide. More than 1,052 ASU alumni have traveled abroad to serve as Volunteers since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961. This year the school jumped nine spots from its previous No. 22 ranking, and continues in its eighth consecutive year on the list. Returned Volunteer Daniel Delgadillo regards his undergraduate years at ASU as a positive influence on his path to the Peace Corps." Read More
"Peace Corps campus recruiter Breanne Lott said it shows the strength of the partnership between ASU and the Peace Corps. “Over the past couple years, the partnership has really grown,” she said. “There’s a Peace Corps class, a Peace Corps ambassador internship, a Peace Corps club and more. There are tons of ways to get involved and explore what the Peace Corps has to offer.” Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 1,052 ASU alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers." Read more
ASU Peace Corps Recruiter recalls how important food is in Ethipoian culture for socialization. "In Ethiopia, food is a unifying experience within a group of up to six people, typically eating from one large plate. You can never eat alone! Even if you go to a restaurant alone, you are sure to be invited to join the table nearest you. “Nyadhu, nyadhu,” people will shout, while extending a handful of food to your face. All you have to do is open wide, and you will receive a gursha—a word that means “the act of feeding another person.” This gesture is a sign of respect. The bigger the bite, the more you’re respected or loved." Read more
On May 12th, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the Director of the Peace Corps, joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences convocation as their keynote speaker. She spoke on the importance of service and personal growth, speaking directly to the graduates and telling them “whatever path you choose, wherever you go from here, I hope you will find a way to serve others. Service will teach you lessons you can’t learn in any other way, unlock potential you never knew you had, and inspire you to believe – even in the face of the steepest challenges – that one person can truly make a difference.”
On April 13, ASU President Michael M. Crow hosted a luncheon for incoming 2015 Teach For America Corps Members and early 2016 applicants from ASU. Teach For America is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates, as well as professionals from all majors, who commit to teach in high-need urban and rural public schools for two years. In late 2006, President Crow and the Phoenix chapter of Teach For America came together to create a partnership that includes Teach For America recruitment, corps member support and development, alumni leadership and the Phoenix Institute. Read more
Check out these highlights from the 2015 convocations which highlight quotes from the Director of Peace Corps, as well as, the CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service – AmeriCorps. Read more
As part of the U.S. government's commitment to Let Girls Learn, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps have formed a powerful collaboration to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. This program will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work at the grassroots level will serve as catalysts of community-led change.
As the state’s top-producing school for Peace Corps volunteers, it’s no surprise that Arizona State University boasts many community members who served in the corps. For many, the experience defined their lives and shaped their role at the university. Read more
Before graduating from Arizona State University, Breanne Lott had only ever called Mesa, Arizona her home. “Now I have two homes!” she said, referring to the other place she calls home: Ethiopia. She describes her time there as a Peace Corps volunteer as “life-defining.” Read more
Teach For America today released its annual list of colleges and universities contributing the greatest number of alumni to its teaching corps. This year’s teachers are part of the most diverse corps in the organization’s history, including graduating seniors from a range of backgrounds and experiences and a growing number of individuals with professional experience. Read the ASU News Story.
As Devon Johnson moves the tassel on his graduation cap at commencement, the Arizona State University senior also celebrates the opportunity to finally merge his three passions – film, history and teaching. A film and media studies major, Johnson will join Teach For America in June to follow his family’s legacy of working in education. Read More
In an age when college students pick a major before ever setting foot on campus, Lauren Edgar took a circuitous route at Arizona State University to discover her passion for teaching. Named an Outstanding Teacher Candidate by ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the talented and hard-working 2014 graduate plans to join Teach For America in June after having already produced classroom results that most educators strive for. Read More
DALLAS, June 18, 2014 – Megan Waldock, 23, of Azle, Texas, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guinea July1 to begin training as a Secondary Education Science volunteer. Waldock will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching chemistry for grades 7-10.
“I love that normal, average U.S. citizens can have an impact on normal, average people around the world,” said Waldock. “Politicians and world leaders are important, but there is something to be said for the powerful foreign relations impact of simple human relationships formed through service and sharing life with one another.”
Waldock is the daughter of Darryl and Leisa Waldock. She attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2013. She will attend Arizona State University for graduate school where she plans to get a master’s in sustainability. She has also worked as a teaching assistant at Arizona State University.
“At Baylor, I learned the importance of leadership, and that as a leader I can make a change, whether it is in individual lives or the community as a whole,” said Waldock. During the first three months of her service, Waldock will live with a host family in Guinea to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, Waldock will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Guinea where she will serve for two years.
Waldock will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Guinea and help Waldock develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.
“I am participating in a program called Master's International, in which I complete my graduate degree and service in the Peace Corps simultaneously,” said Waldock. “As I serve and teach in my community in Guinea, I will also be working on a research project for my master’s thesis, based off of the needs of my community. Apart from an amazing educational experience, I am looking forward to understanding the world in a way that wouldn't have been possible without the Peace Corps. I will meet new people, experience a new culture, and have the opportunity to serve in one of the poorest countries in the world. I already feel incredibly humbled and blessed, and I know those feelings will be magnified over the next two and a half years.”
Waldock joins 342 Texas residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 7,100 Texas residents have served in the Peace Corps since its establishment in 1961.
About Peace Corps/Guinea: There are currently 87 Volunteers in Guinea working in the areas of education, agriculture and health. During their service in Guinea, Volunteers learn to speak the local languages, including French, Malinke, Pulaar and Soussou. More than 1,450 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Guinea since the program was established in 1963.