Peace Corps Features

A Peace Corps Volunteer poses during her service

First UT Cohort Completes Peace Corps Prep Program

Three UT students became the first Longhorn cohort to complete Peace Corps Prep—a new intensive certificate program offering participants a competitive edge among the thousands of applicants and preparing them for their service abroad.  Peace Corps… Read more

Gabriel Cortez poses in front of the Kamyanets-Podilskyi Fortress on a cliff in Ukraine

How Peace Corps Helped This Returned Volunteer Achieve His Dream Job

Since he was a child, Gabriel Cortez had always been eager to learn about other countries and connect with new cultures. Peace Corps was a unique opportunity for him to do just that, and after graduating from his alma mater, he was accepted into… Read more

A Peace Corps Volunteer poses in front of members of her community during her service

Peace Corps Ranks UT Austin a Top Volunteer-Producing School

For the fifth straight year, The University of Texas at Austin ranks among the Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing schools. The university ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 13 among large size schools on the Peace Corps’ 2020 list of colleges and… Read more

a collage of different places around the world where Longhorns have made an impact

Six Stories To Celebrate the Impact of Global Education and Exchange 

Nearly everyone has their own story of transformation and growth through connection with other countries and cultures. To highlight these experiences, universities across the nation celebrate the value of international education and exchange during… Read more

Stephanie Estrera in front of a Peace Corps flag swearing in with her counterpart Deena Rose in the Phillippines.

UT Austin is No. 1 in Texas and among Peace Corps’ 2019 Top Volunteer-Producers

AUSTIN, Texas--The University of Texas at Austin is the No. 1 volunteer-producing university in Texas and No. 11 among large schools nationwide on Peace Corps' list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 53 alumni… Read more

Miguel Robles in front of a Peace Corps flag and wearing Indonesian batik

A Day in the Life of Miguel Robles ’18: Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia

Miguel Robles found out about Peace Corps at Global Professional Training: East and Southeast Asia. After getting in touch with past volunteers, he knew this was what he wanted to do.   Robles started his service as an English teacher in Indonesia… Read more

Jeremy Nicot in Senegal helping out women in his community

A Day in the Life of Jeremy Nicot ‘17: Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal

Being a Peace Corps Volunteer means living away from family and friends, and being unable to physically witness significant events back home, which was difficult for Peace Corps Volunteer Jeremy Nicot. But his community in Senegal welcomed him as… Read more

Stephanie Estrera in front of a Peace Corps flag swearing in with her counter part Deena Rose

A Day in the Life of Stephanie Estrera ‘18: Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines

For psychology alumna Stephanie Estrera, her time as a Peace Corps volunteer has been a way to connect with her own culture. Estrera grew up in Dallas, but her parents were born in South Korea and the Philippines. After briefly researching about the… Read more

Clarissa Salazar with high school girls from Cameroon

A Day in the Life of Clarissa Salazar ‘16: Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon

Since September of 2017, Clarissa Salazar has been serving in Cameroon, serving as a community health volunteer. Her project involves improving maternal and child health and educating the community on a variety of health topics, such as HIV/AIDS,… Read more

Molly Huser wearing traditional Moldovan dress

A Day in the Life of Molly Huser ‘18: Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova

Since August 2018, Molly Huser has been serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a village in Moldova. As a community economic development volunteer, she helps directors at the public library and a local organization learn professional skills such as… Read more

People in Cameroon walking through a field

A Day in the Life: Peace Corps Week 2019

More than five decades ago, President John F. Kennedy created Peace Corps to help Americans become changemakers around the world. This week, from Feb. 24 to March 2, we celebrate Peace Corps Week and recognize Longhorns currently serving in a… Read more

Peace Corps volunteer portrait in Cambodia

Peace Corps Prep Prepares UT Students for Service Abroad

The University of Texas at Austin is now a partner school of the Peace Corps Prep, a certificate program that prepares students for international fieldwork and to be potential Peace Corps volunteers. Since the creation of Peace Corps in 1961, more… Read more

Hero image featuring Laura and Brian working in the Vanuatu

Meet Laura and Brian, UT Alumni & Peace Corps Volunteers in Vanuatu

Personal growth is often cited as the most significant outcome of serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but you don’t have to do it alone. Married couples and unmarried couples in committed domestic partnerships can serve together. UT alumni Brian and… Read more

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In Celebration of Service: Peace Corps Week 2018

This week, we celebrate the Longhorn spirit of service during Peace Corps Week, which commemorates President Kennedy's establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. During this annual event, marked this year February 25 - March 3, the Peace… Read more

Peace Corps Volunteers stand with local entrepreneurs in Benin

Meet Jacy Jones '17, Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin

In addition to gaining a heightened sense of self and ability to live outside her comfort zone, Jacy Jones has learned the value of just sitting and being present during her Peace Corps service. As Americans, we tend to want to fill any silence… Read more