University of Michigan 4th on list of most Peace Corps volunteers

2,684 alumni have served since 1961

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Jackson McCauley (right) with teachers of a high school in Ecuador.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan is the fourth largest producer of Peace Corps volunteers, according to a list of colleges and universities that produce the most volunteers for the corps.

The university has made the list for 17 consecutive years, and 2,684 alumni have served the Peace Corps since it was created in 1961. Sixty alumni are currently volunteering.

Jackson McCauley is in Ecuador teaching English to students between the ages of 14 and 18.

"The idea is not to have my own class for two years, but rather to plan with the teachers and co-teach different classes," McCauley said. "In this way, we get to implement new strategies and activities, improve the general level of English teaching and reach the greatest number of students."

The university is also fourth on the list of top-producing graduate schools, according to the Peace Corps.

"As a public university, our goal is to contribute to the people of our state and of the world," said James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs at UM.

The Peace Corps has two on-campus recruiters who share experiences with students and provide information about applying.

The university offers Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate programs for the agency's volunteers who have completed their service. They can earn an advanced degree, with financial assistance, in design, fine arts, information studies, landscape architecture, nursing, social work, public policy or natural resources and environment.

Students interested in the Peace Corps also have the opportunity to complete 27 months of significant international experience while completing a master's degree in social work or information.

"It is to our graduates' credit that they choose to serve others, to embed themselves into new cultures and to channel their confidence and independence toward making a difference," said Royster Harper, vice president of student life.

Michigan State University is ranked 10th for undergraduate volunteers in 2016 with 48 -- view the list here.

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