For the second consecutive year, Hobart and William Smith rank No. 4 nationally among small schools on the Peace Corps’ 2018 “Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities” list. There are 14 HWS alums currently volunteering worldwide; more than 225 have served since the agency’s founding in 1961.
“From our talented students to our dedicated alums, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have a deep-rooted legacy of service and global citizenship,” says President Gregory J. Vincent ’83. “The Colleges are honored to again be included among the very best institutions producing Peace Corps volunteers. This distinction illuminates how HWS students and graduates continue to make a meaningful impact in Geneva, in their communities and around the world.”
Since the Peace Corps’ last top institutions announcement, five HWS students have been accepted into service assignments across the globe:
- Mary Kubinski ’17, a political science and public policy studies major with a minor in Africana studies, is serving as a primary education English co-teacher in a village in Thailand.
- Daniel Magin ’18, psychology and Spanish and Hispanic studies double major, is in Ethiopia serving as a TEFL/English Language Teaching Specialist.
- John Newton ’16, a history major with a minor in Africana studies, is helping primary school teachers develop a new curriculum to tackle
English literacy in the Caribbean.
- Nikolai Stern ’16, who majored in economics and history, is in Thailand teaching English to primary and secondary students, and instructing teachers on English and the sustainable development of teaching resources.
- Carl Weiss ’18, an international relations and Hispanic studies major, will being serving inthe Dominican Republic this summer where he will be promoting Spanish literacy.
“Hobart and William Smith always did a great job to promote and provide their information as to what the Peace Corps does and its goals globally,” says Eliss Mañon ’14, who is serving as a Peace Corps youth development volunteer in Peru.
“Every semester we had a Peace Corps representative or returned Peace Corps volunteer come to our school and talk to us. I always made sure to ask as many questions as possible.”
At HWS, the next Peace Corps information session will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in Trinity 310.
“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni,” says Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley. “As Peace Corps Volunteers, recent college and university graduates foster capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. When they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverages their education and strengthens their communities back home.”
The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the student population size.
About the Peace Corps
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide and more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have had graduates go on to serve.
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, 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. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow on Facebook and Twitter.