With 69 Badger alumni currently serving in 34 countries, the University of Wisconsin–Madison continues its tradition as one of the nation’s top producers of Peace Corps Volunteers.
Since 2001, when the Peace Corps began releasing its annual list of top universities and colleges, UW–Madison has consistently placed in the top 10, including six years in the top spot. This year, UW–Madison ranks second.
Since 1961, when President John F. Kennedy created the agency, 3,145 UW–Madison graduates have served with the Peace Corps – a total exceeded only by the University of California, Berkeley.
“The Peace Corps provides an indispensable opportunity for young people out of college to put their unique skills to work making a difference for communities around the world,” says Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers make lasting change by living and working at the grassroots level in their communities of service and using their talents to tackle some of the most critical challenges in international development.”
The UW–Madison graduates currently serving in the Peace Corps – 51 women and 18 men – are working in areas of education (26), health (22), environment (11), agriculture (5), community and economic development (3), and youth in development (2).