Ohio again this year ranks among the top-producing states for Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 291 Peace Corps volunteers call Ohio home, making it No. 10 among all states in 2012.
On the whole, Ohio produces 2.5 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 state residents, and 3.6 percent of all volunteers come from Ohio.
“I am proud that Ohio is so well represented in Peace Corps service worldwide,” said Peace Corps Midwest Acting Regional Manager Joshua Becker, a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Fiji. “Our region has a strong network of returned volunteers who believe that Peace Corps makes a difference in the communities served, in the lives of volunteers themselves, and in the United States. By sharing their own experiences living and working in communities abroad, they bring a global perspective back to Ohio and inspire others to consider international service. These accounts are very powerful for people to hear.”
Historically, Ohio has produced 6,875 Peace Corps volunteers who have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served.
Several Ohio schools consistently place on Peace Corps’ lists of colleges and universities that produce the most alumni volunteers. The Ohio State University, Columbus ranks No. 13 among large schools this year, while Miami University and Bowling Green State University placed in the top 25 for medium schools. Oberlin College & Conservatory, Case Western Reserve University, and Denison University are top producers among small schools.
California topped all states in the rankings, with 1,084 of its residents making a difference as Peace Corps volunteers overseas. A complete list of top states and metro areas is available here.
Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who are prepared for the challenge of public service overseas. Volunteers return home as global citizens with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them well for advanced education and professional opportunities in a 21st-century job market.
Peace Corps’ eight regional recruiting offices across the United States work to recruit and provide information to prospective Peace Corps volunteers. The Midwest regional recruiting office serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin, and Peace Corps recruiters work locally throughout the region. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply now at www.peacecorps.gov/apply for an opportunity to be making a difference overseas by summer or fall 2013 and into early 2014.
About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.
*Peace Corps data current as of September 30, 2012. The metropolitan area data used to determine Peace Corps’ rankings are derived from the most current U.S. Census Bureau “Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area” data. The U.S. Census population data is based on 2009 estimates. Volunteers self-report their home city and state on their Peace Corps application.