Alumna Volunteer Anna Dunn in Panama
WASHINGTON – Peace Corps announced today that University of Georgia (UGA) ranked No. 13 among large-size schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 48 Bulldogs currently volunteering in countries around the world.
UGA returns to the list of top volunteer-producing colleges after an absence of three years. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, more than 660 alumni have served abroad as volunteers.
“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”
Anna Dunn graduated from UGA with a degree in international affairs in 2017, and is serving as a sustainable agriculture volunteer in Panama. “I think the University of Georgia fosters everyone’s personal growth through the diverse array of organizations, majors, and clubs available on campus. There is truly a place for everyone to feel comfortable and discover what makes them feel valuable as human beings, and many of these opportunities come through service oriented clubs and organizations. By facilitating community service on a local level, students find a sense of value through giving back. Peace Corps is a direct extension of that, but in the name of the United States and on a much larger scale,” said Dunn.
The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below, find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2019 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.
*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2018 data as of September 30, 2018, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.
About the Peace Corps: 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, the 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. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.